Day 25 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Anne Zimmerman

by @thewritermama on May 25, 2011 · 13 comments

I made an exception for Anne Zimmerman to participate in the giveaway because her new biography, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, is about an author mama. I was pleased to meet Anne at the recent Terroir Creative Writing Festival when we were scheduled to give a reading together. Please help me welcome her!

Anne Zimmerman was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a Master’s degree from San Diego State University. She has written about food and drink for Culinate, The Kitchn, Tasting Table, Diner’s Journal, and Zester Daily and taught the art of biography writing in Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher is her first book.

In An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, Anne Zimmerman seeks to illuminate the most colorful years of famed food writer and gastronome M.F.K. Fisher’s life. Relying on unpublished letters and journals, Zimmerman explores Fisher’s time in Europe with her first husband, her re-marriage, her second husband’s suicide, and the pleasures of cooking and table that made Fishers’ life transcendent. An Extravagant Hunger reveals the personal story behind some of M.F.K. Fisher’s most beloved gastronomical writings: Serve it Forth, Consider the Oyster, How to Cook a Wolf, and The Gastronomical Me.

1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

I left a career in PR and marketing to write my biography of the food writer An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, and the transition was occasionally daunting. Working from home as a writer can knock your self-esteem around a bit: I’m constantly comparing myself to other writers/ creatives and wishing I was more creative, productive, etc. Thus, what writing has really inspired is determination — the idea that I’m committed to my creative projects, no matter what.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

For me, much of writing happens in my head before I ever put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I’m inspired by daily tasks: cooking, walks in my neighborhood, pretty vignettes of blooming flowers, stacks of books, the perfect cup of coffee. Seeing all this inspires my thinking and writing process which I would describe as: manic (it can be thoughtful and frenzied all at the same time), confused (I always write multiple drafts), and exhausting (sounds like fun, huh?).

3. What good has your book created in the world?

I hope my book, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher has taught readers more about a remarkable writer and woman who’s work helped create the genre of food writing. I also hope my book inspires creativity, travel, and encourages readers to really live each exquisite moment of life.

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Anne has brought up one of my favorite topics about writing, the great determination you need to have to succeed in this crazy publishing business. Anne says, “Thus, what writing has really inspired is determination — the idea that I’m committed to my creative projects, no matter what.”

How about you? Are you committed to your creative projects no matter what? Can you tap your great determination and use it to tackle the writing projects that matter most to you? Tell us what great determination means to you.

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Thanks for spreading the word!

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