by 101 BOOKS
I’m jealous of authors who manage to write brilliant first-time novels.
I’m not a novelist, and I honestly have no plans to be one. But how do these authors knock it out of the park on their first attempt?
It’s a recurring theme throughout this project. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been doing preliminary research on a book and realized it was the author’s first novel.
Here are just a few examples:
Walker Percy: He wrote The Moviegoer when he was 45. So if you’re 30 and think you’ll never make it, think again. You’ve got plenty of time.
Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird was her first and only novel. Conspiracy theorists say Truman Capote actually wrote it, explaining why she never attempted another one. Thoughts?
Ralph Ellison: Another successful first-time novelist who never wrote another one after Invisible Man, or at least a second novel wasn’t published while he was living. Ellison had two novels published posthumously: Juneteenth and Three Days Before The Shooting.
J.K. Rowling: Maybe you’ve heard of her?
Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road was published when Yates was 35. I’m 35. Crap.
Joseph Heller: Catch 22 is brilliant, I tell you. Brilliant.