On February 13, Laura Moriarty came to campus for the first Writer’s Forum of the semester. It was also my first time attending. I had wanted to go all last semester, but pesky work kept getting in the way. I was very excited to check it out and didn’t quite know what to expect.
I’ll be honest: I had never heard of Laura or her latest book, The Chaperone, and was a little surprised by how many audience members were clutching a copy. But it turns out, I had just been missing out. When Laura read from the book, I was intrigued and afterwards bought a copy from the Lift Bridge Book Shop table in the back of the room. (Good call putting that there!)
Laura’s book has been optioned into a movie which is very exciting. The whole room gasped when Laura told us that Julian Fellows was going to be writing the screenplay! You could tell that there were many Downton Abbey fans in the room.
Whenever I meet someone who is a writer, I always want to ask them when and how they knew that writing was their calling. I almost asked Laura during the question and answer period, but I chickened out. But she said something else career-related that really struck me. She said that she was a pre-med social work major in college. She could picture herself as a doctor, but she couldn’t imagine talking about medicine all day. I can picture myself at a desk as a “business person” but I really can’t picture myself managing an office full of people.
Before I got too carried away thinking about writing the next great American novel, Laura said something else: she was obsessed while writing this novel. She said that writing takes research and dedication. That’s when I had to ask myself if I really have what it takes to be a writer.
The next Writer’s Forum is March 27 at 8pm. I can’t wait and I hope to see you there!