It took nearly 18 years — along with four titles, four agents, 12 rewrites and at least 50 rejections — before author Bill Morris published his latest novel, ‘Motor City Burning.’
The New York Times: What kind of reader were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood books?
Michael Lewis: The first books I really ripped through were the Hardy Boys mysteries. Around age 11, I began to resist the books that my teachers required me to read, in favor of books I suspected my teachers would disapprove of. I read “Rosemary’s Baby” before “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
(via the NYT)
I’ve never felt guilty reading a book. My literary guilty pleasure is television.
So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.