INtroducing... Jane Yolen and Leonard Cohen
By Diego X. Jesus and Mark London
Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition.
The following two authors are this month's choices. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.
Background INfo: Author of over 270 published books, with 33 more under contract (all but 6 already written.) I write for children, young adults, adults, as the mood takes me. Best of all, I love to write poetry and fantasy.
INfluences: Both my parents were writers, my father a journalist and PR executive, my mother a failed short story writer (by "failed" I mean she only sold one) and creator of crossword puzzles. All their friends were writers. I assumed -- until I was 10 or so -- that all grownups were writers. I believed that even the ones who were teachers and doctors and bus drivers went home at night to write.
Advice: "BIC." That's the magic word. Butt in chair. But don't forget to go outside and occasionally smell the grandbabies.
Internet Presence: I am the last of the red-hot Luddites. Luckily I married a professor of computer science long before there was computer science. I have told him he absolutely has to die AFTER me because otherwise I couldn't deal with the computer. He's my webmaister and the one who swears at the computer when it messes up. My gorgeous webmeister is at http://www.janeyolen.com and he's the one to congratulate -- and to blame.
The Future: I expect to be writing as long as my head works.
Novels: Briar Rose Cards Of Grief One-Armed Queen Sister, Light, Sister Dark White Jenna The Books Of Great Alta
Collections: Among Angels Dragonfield Merlin's Booke Once Upon A Time She Said The Radiation Sonnets Storyteller Tales Of Wonder Sister Emily's Lightship and Other Stories The Whitethorn Wood And Other Magicks
Background INfo: Montreal poet laureate, 60s novelist extraordinaire (The Favourite Game, Beautiful Losers), quirky but committed musician, social philosopher, Canadian cultural hero and international poster boy for intellectuals the world over. INfluences: Lust is a compunction that incites me to the greatest respect. We are erotic creatures and you can't separate the erotic from the spiritual. The energy that we bring to God or the spirit or to a woman is all erotic energy -- it's all plus and minus, negative and positive, yin and yang -- that's the only thing that drives this universe. Advice: The self is like a hero in a bad drama. You expend all that energy maintaining a role, making you unhappy because in this world there's no leading man. The only time you feel any good is when your ego dissolves for a minute or two and you don't have to maintain the torturous intrigue in which your personality is the heroic figure. The Future: I remember when I used to run an elevator in New York City. There was this guy who would come in every day and he'd make the same joke. "How's business -- up and down?" Well, it's a lot like that. Up and down.
Novel and Poetry: Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961) The Favourite Game (novel; 1963) Flowers for Hitler (1964) Beautiful Losers (novel; 1966) Parasites of Heaven (1966) Selected Poems 1956-1968 (1968) & Poems 1956-1968 (UK 1969) The Energy Of Slaves (1972) Death Of A Lady's Man (1978) Book Of Mercy (1984) Stranger Music (1993) Book of Longing (2006)
Diego X. Jesus is a Dominican-born American freelance journalist and associate editor of IN who makes Toronto his home approximately half the time. Otherwise, we don't know where he might be. email Diego Jesus
Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email Mark: email@example.com