GREEN BAY (WCWF) -- World-renowned author Walter Mosley paid a visit to Green Bay for the UntitledTown Book and Author Festival 2019.
Walter Mosley is the author of 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring “Easy Rawlins.” In an interview with CW14.. Mosley shares the importance of events like UntitledTown for books and authors..
"Well you know books are important, and so people paying to attention to books, make books, help keep books important."
Mosley was asked about his process of obtaining knowledge for writing his heavily historical books, such as Easy Rawlins. Opposed to doing research, Mosley’s method is different from others
“What I do is I write everyday for three hours, and in those three hours, I call all that past knowledge that has come to me. And I use it as much as possible.. and when I finish the book I go through it to make sure everything’s right. I have copy editors and editors that ask me questions. But as far as sitting down and say I’m going to study the Civil War – which would take my entire life by the way- I don’t do that.”
As the writer of multiple genres, Mosley describes the process and favoritism behind building towards a specific genre.
I don’t think so, I mean I like reading science fiction, but that doesn’t make it my favorite genre to write.. You want to write a book, and the genre helps you tell that story in the best way. So if you’re wondering what is the origin of the soul, you’re not going to write a mystery because that isn’t going to make sense. That’s going to be Science Fiction you know. And if you’re writing some kind of historical text about how people once lived, well it’s probably better not to make that into a genre that isn’t..
Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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