“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble
Drabble was born in England on this date in 1939, the daughter of novelist John F. and teacher Kathleen Drabble, thus growing up in a household filled with books, reading and advocacy on behalf of social causes.
The author of some two dozen books, including19 novels, she has won numerous awards, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for The Millstone and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Jerusalem The Golden. She also was honored in 2011 by England’s PEN chapter with its “Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature" award.
Drabble’s realistic descriptions of her protagonists sometimes have been inspired by her own life. Her early works were about the conflicts young women often face between career choice and motherhood, and in her later years she has depicted an aging novelist and her challenges. She also has written several screenplays, plays and short stories, as well as non-fiction such as A Writer's Britain: Landscape and Literature.
Her advice to new writers: “You have to be careful what you imagine, because the act of imagining is the act of encouraging yourself to be a certain kind of person.”
Writer’s Moment with a friend at http://writersmoment.blogspot.com