How many of you enjoy reading historical fiction? Da Vinci Code, I think, drew a lot of new readers to this type of fiction. When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra is one that still sits in my TBR pile. My fascination with books goes in so many directions that that TBR pile grows every day. Thank God for my Kindle!
I’ve been working on a Historical Romance that has paranormal elements. I love it, but it’s a really different piece for me. It will take me quite a while to finish it.
Lately, my attention, like so many I’m sure, has been drawn to the new release Steve Jobs. I have to admit I don’t read many autobiographies/biographies. Why? I guess mainly because they seem to be written by two types of people: people who are still alive and want to be remembered in some untrue light, or people who don’t seem to like their subject much.
It seems all too rare that we have someone like Walter Isaacson. He’s written books on Benjamin Franklin and Einstein, but his book, Steve Jobs, has thrown him into a spotlight that I don’t think he imagined. He seems to have truly partnered with Steve Jobs and written a book that I can’t even get my hands on!
All of this makes me think about my freshman year in college. In one of my intro to business classes, the instructor asked the class to write their eulogy. Wow. I was 18, and I had to think about dying. It’s pretty pathetic, but I imagined a fabulous career and nothing else. No husband or children. I’ve never forgotten that (Okay, don’t cry. I was in college…what did I know?)
I haven’t been able to get a copy of the book to read it, but according to everything reported, Steve Jobs wanted this book to be completely honest. Maybe even brutally so. He wanted his children to really know him.
I think I’ve talked before about building characters out of pieces of everything around us, and in so doing in a small way we immortalize people, places, and things in the pages of the books we write.
But, have you ever wondered what people will write on their pages about you? What do you think they’ll say?