Story Craft: Reflections on Faith, Culture and Writing From the Author of Hank the Cowdog
By: John Erickson
Maverick Books (October 1, 2009)
Story Craft is the literary memoir of John Erickson. When I came across this book initially, I could not put my finger on where I had heard of Erickson. Of course, then the extended title hit me like a rock, for I immediately remembered reading Hank the Cowdog as a child. (Years later, my sister-in-law knew Erickson from
Two of my favorite quotes:
That is a common error made by people who have never spent any time in rural America and who often describe us as “provincial.” We’re not provincial. They are. We read their magazines, attend their movies, and listen to their news broadcasts. We know a lot about them. They know nothing about us.
When I’m asked how long I’ve been writing, I say that I began in 1967, the year Kris and I joined our lives together in marriage. Before Kris, I wrote when I had an idea or felt inspired. After Kris, I wrote every day—same time,