The author creates a world in words on a page. A voice artist gives audio life to those words and world through the "theatre of the mind." The very best of voice artists become invisible as you listen to the life they have created.
For those birthing presidential campaigns and those conceiving runs for legislative power and those lusting for criminal court judgeships, The Cider House Rules and Griswold v. Connecticut should be required reading.
However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.
Since Robin Williams' tragic death this week, I can't stop thinking about the Under Toad. If you're a fan of The World According to Garp, which Robin starred in back in 1978, you're probably feeling that same chill.
I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.
I was born without hands. I've spent 40 years reading on the floor. I've dreamed of being able to hold a book in bed. The e-reader has changed my life: one click of a button and I'm turning pages without hands!