I am a big fan of John Steinbeck – along with John Fowles, John Irving, John LeCarre … you get the drift. But for now let’s focus on Steinbeck. If you have never been to Salinas and paid homage to Mr. Steinbeck at ’The National Steinbeck Center’ … well you are just missing out.
I don’t know whether I told you. My setter pup, left alone one night, made confetti of about half of my [manuscript] book. Two months work to do over again. It sets me back. There was no other draft. I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically. I didn’t want to ruin a good dog for a ms. I’m not sure is good at all. He only got an ordinary spanking with his punishment flyswatter. But there’s the work to do over from the start.
<blockquote>Dear Otis: I have your letter and am deeply pleased with your interest in my book. I would like to suggest to you that rather than put in new characters and episodes, that you get new readers.</blockquote>