The Velvet Underground of authors. I once read an interview in which a musician (I cannot recall who it was) said that not many people listened to The Velvet Underground in the 60s, but everyone who did listen to them wanted to become a musician. O'Nan is a lot like that; he is highly-regarded in literary circles, and is viewed as one of the top authors from whom aspiring authors can learn. He is an author at the top of his craft - an author from whom each aspiring author can learn a great deal.
SIX SIMPLE QUESTIONS
WITH STEWART O'NAN
1) Do you write every day or "when the mood strikes"?
Every day, when I've got something going.
2) Do you have a "writing spot," or do you move around?
I like my desk best, but I can write anywhere.
3) What is the one book (written by someone else) you would have liked to have written yourself?
I couldn't have written my books without the books of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King and Virginia Woolf and William Maxwell, but I don't wish I'd written them.
4) What is the one book you feel every aspiring author should read?
The book that makes you want to write.
5) What is the best writing advice you have ever heard/read?
From Russell Banks: The ones who make it are the ones who stick with it.
6) What is the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?