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Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Loveby Myron Uhlberg
Author Q & A
Author Q&A for Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
Describe yourself in ten words or less.
•Living in two worlds: what was, and what might be.
•Deeply interested in how other people have lived their lives.
•As endlessly fascinated at the breadth, and limits, of language.
You are having a drink with one of your favorite authors. Who is it, and what would you ask that author if you only got to ask him one question?
While drinking anisette with Ernest Hemingway: “Papa, why did you do it?”
Which came first: the idea for the book, the title, or a passage from the book?
The idea of writing a book that would be both a biography of my two deaf parents, and a memoir, was my first inspiration, but until I thought of the title, Hands of My Father, I didn’t know how to begin.
Many writing experts advise, “write what you know.” Do you agree with this? And what practical advice would you give an aspiring author?
Writing what you know is good advice, but you also must understand what you know in order to write well. As for advice: write as you would speak, freely, then revise, as you would want to be read, closely.
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