On Stewart O’Nan’s talk (8A)
Hearing him talk about his work creates a whole new perspective on his books. O’Nun loves his profession and his motivation and view of the world were extremely inspiring.
He was really kind and answered our questions elaborately. It seemed as if he really enjoyed his visit to our school because he also told us a lot about his private life.
He talked about why he gave up his job to become a writer, which made a wish come true for him. He also confessed that he hadn’t always been successful, but kept working nevertheless.
One of his friends is Stephen King, whom he got to know through a book he wrote.
He has published all kinds of books (thrillers, action books, …) and he said that not all books need to be exciting; sometimes it is enough to write about a story that can happen to anybody anyday (e.g. losing your job).
I think the talk was very good because he not only answered our questions, he also told us more about himself. It made him even more sympathetic that he actually looked at the person who had asked a question. He did not only talk about the book in question, he liked to talk about other great autors as well.
He was able to accept critical opinions and he was not offended when anybody talked against his work. Moreover he was able to talk very freely about other authors, especially Stephen King. Actually he invited us to ask questions about him. Somehow he was very proud about the fact that he had worked with his hero.
Steward O’Nan was able to defend his book in front of many people in an open and friendly way. He told us about the background and the reasons for his book in an easily underatandable language, which showed us again the difference between spoken and written English.