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Word Up: Ayana Mathis on the Difference Between Being a Writer & An Author

Ayana Mathis' Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Selection - peoplewhowrite

Ayana Mathis’ Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Selection

“The business of being a writer and [the] business of being an author [are] very [different], even in normal circumstances. …Being a writer is a quiet, solitary affair, and being an author is a very public thing.” Read the full interview on The Root.

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2 responses to “Word Up: Ayana Mathis on the Difference Between Being a Writer & An Author

  1. Wow, I had never even considered the difference. I can’t even imagine having a book in Oprah’s book club. What a shift!

    • I know! She must be experiencing the shift as whiplash. On some level, I’m aware of a shift from writing to promoting your work, but she expressed the difference beautifully — a testament to how good her book must be!

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