Keep at it, wildcat. If you do (and you're lucky), you might some day give an interview like this:
It would be payment enough. Just make sure to write your novel in an "obsolete vernacular," wear an eccentric cowboy hat and silently stare off into space a lot when people are waiting for your response.
Writers like Cormac McCarthy Eli Cash never fail to warm the cockles of my heart.
Writer, wife, and mom to two baby girls. As of 2013 I'm no longer brunette (blond ambition!) nor on a budget. I love shoes, wine, Palm Springs, and Barry Gibb. As always, I'm still looking for my lost shaker of salt.
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