Famous Literary Relatives

A cousin asked why I haven’t told the world who our famous literary relative is?

I looked at her and laughed and asked “Are you kidding me?”

She looked perplexedly at me and said, “No, other people bank on famous relatives…why don’t you?”

I never seriously thought about it. I didn’t think about it even when I studied their work in high school and college. I figured if I said anything the teacher and professor would expect me to know the meaning of every symbolism or allegory in all their works. 

So to get her off my back I asked why haven’t you told everyone you know?

“I don’t write and if I did I would tell every one I know.” She replied.

I  reminded her. “And then everyone would compare all your work to theirs and if you didn’t measure up to a Pulitzer Prize winner’s standards they would spend all day saying. “Your relative wrote such and such. What’s wrong with you? Why are you writing the same topics they wrote about?” You would never get a chance to talk about your own work for theirs would always overshadow yours.”

“I think you inherited the family’s talent.” She said, trying to coax me into placing this fact in my biography. 

I promised her when I win a Pulitzer Prize is when I will tell the whole wide world. “Guess what? I’m not the first in my family to win this. My ____ won this prize in _____” But until then, I prefer to be judged on my own merit not compared to our relative.

She still disagreed with me but that’s ok. LOL! I told her to shut and go buy a book and it better be one of mine.



About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Famous Literary Relatives

  1. lbeth1950 says:

    Maybe you are the famous one!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dave Hurst says:

    Whomever your relative is it shows in your writing some one of great skills influenced you. You are more famous than you think.

    Liked by 1 person

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