INSPIRATION: What inspires Ann Patchett?

Ann Patchett, the author of Bel Canto  and her newest, Commonwealth, was having lunch with Ralph Fiennes. It was during her freelancing days and she had flown to London to interview him. He was at the height of his “Ralph Fiennes-ness,” Patchett quipped. After a waiter came up and told Fiennes he was an actor too, she…

WRITING: NO, they said.

I’ve joined a prestigious group of authors. I’ve been rejected. I got my first rejection letter for my first novel. It’s far from my first rejection letter. I’ve been turned down for magazine and newspaper articles plenty of times. I wrote a children’s book back in the 1990s and got that rejection letter on paper…