Writer’s Toolbox

Author Q&A

Here we present our exclusive collection of Q&As with a long list of illustrious authors.

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver is the author of many novels including The Lacuna, Prodigal Summer, and Pigs In Heaven.

What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?

Raise children. You'll be so hungry for writing time, given the constraints, that you'll leap onto your keyboard like a racehorse out of the gate, every time.

What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?

"What am I really trying to say here?"

What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?

"Your first sentence should make a promise that the rest of the story will keep." — Francine Prose