Some say you have trouble submitting your questions to the site is why you looked for my email address. That’s fine. I have no problem with that at all. I don’t mind answering your questions via private email but I hope you don’t mind displaying the answers. If you do, just write me and I will remove them.
Anyway, to answer the questions asked pertaining my cousin’s statement about famous literary relatives.
First of all, having famous literary people distantly related to you does doodle squat for your writing life or career. You’re still broke and have to forge your own writing career.
If they aren’t your direct parents or grandparents there’s no money passed down to you and by now, they have fifty thousand other nieces and nephews besides you. Whatever they accomplished it’s passes on to their direct children and grandchildren. Not you. It’s called inheritance.
Especially if they are several generations removed you name-dropping does you no good. You can’t automatically bank on their achievements. Maybe you can if they were royalty or aristocrat and you’re the last living heir to the throne or title but in America we don’t have such things. So no, it does you no good to be related to them. They are the same as any other relative in your family. If your distant relative passed away without children of their own that’s when you and your tons of cousins can fight over what belongs to who or who can control what.
No, none of the people you named are any of relations to me. I simply like their work as to why I posted it. No,I haven’t posted anything of theirs yet mainly because we write in two different genres.
“Did the family pay any attention to or support the prize winning writer as they were growing up or writing?”
I have no idea. All of this happened long before I was born. My grandparent was older and yes I believed they were proud of their younger sibling’s accomplishments but I have no idea if they pay them any attention while writing it. The author grew up undamaged so I contribute some of it to my grandparent taking care of them. A signed copy of all their works sat on the shelf of their home and you better not touch it. You could read it or look it and put it back. So, I assume that was their way of showing their support.
“Am I anything like them?”
I don’t know. I guess I’m for anything controversial came to their mind came out in their writings. Like my grandparent used to chasten us children saying, “Opinions aren’t farts. They aren’t always better out than in. Sometimes it best to keep your opinions to yourself.” I can see from their writings they were told pretty much the same things but did they listen? No.
According to my deceased husband, I did inherit the family’s motto: “I do or write what I want to do or write. No one tells me what to do.” RTFLOL! But I used to always duly remind my husband that attitude took my ___ all the way around the world and won them a Pulitzer Prize.
But seriously thus, it’s going to take a firm belief in yourself and your work to make it as a writer. It’s going to take a lot of confident and the ability to stay true to what you’re writing.
No, I’ve never seen them. All I know about them is what I was told about them and the pictures shown of them. Yes, the author and my grandparent looked alike and so does my parent whom is related to them.
And as much as I appreciate your interest in my family. No, I’m not telling you their name. 🙂 As I told my cousin when I win a Pulitzer prize is time enough to reveal who they are. 🙂