A Family Affair

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Familial traits are things that we’ve inherited beyond our control. No nature v’s nurture debate here; just an observation. Looking at my own family tree, there are writers along my paternal line,but there are also scale- makers, gardeners, jesters and of all things, accountants. I’m curious to see further back, to see if there was a writer in a French garret or an ancestor who hung around with the Jonathon Swift pack. Tracing ones family tree is so interesting you never know what you’ll find – imagine discovering your ancestor was William Shakespeare. It was these ponderings which put this week post in motion. My mission ,if I chose to accept it, (sorry for the pop culture adage, I couldn’t help myself) was to find which well-known writers inherited or passed on their talent.

 

  1. Stephen King – King’s son, Joe King, has been writing under the pen name of Joe Hill (abbreviated form his middle name Hillstrom) successfully for several years’ years. Not wanting to ride on his fathers coat tails he establish a writing career independently. He announced his true identity in 2007.
  2. Martin Amis – This much-lauded writer of London Fields had very big shoes to fill, being the son of Kingsley Amis. Kingsley Amis was a prolific writer who was ranked ninth on The Times list of the 50th greatest British writers.
  3. Mary Shelley (nee Wollstonecraft) – The writer of Frankenstein was the daughter of the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft.
  4. Bronte’s – Mostly known for the three sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne and their works of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but the Bronte family came from a long lineage of scribes. The girls father, Patrick Bronte was also a poet and writer.
  5. Alexandre Dumas – Writer of the great Count of Monte Christo and The Three Musketeers he wrote some of France’s best known novels, but his son, also named Alexandre Dumas, wrote some of France’s best known plays, including Camille.

 

Here is a list of current authors, see if you can guess whom their famous parents are.

 

  1. Kerry Reichs
  2. Jesse Kellerman
  3. Dirk Cussler
  4. Felix Francis
  5. Christopher Rice
  6. Carol Higgins Clark

Answers

 

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4 thoughts on “A Family Affair

  1. My first love was singing, followed closely by acting, Writing is the only passion that has meant something. Going back two generations, it’s only singing that I could track to one grandparent. I’ve always felt the black sheep, and the blank stares I get from those who doubt and expect failure, only cause me to cement this feeling. I would love to know, though, if there was someone way back when who could help me relate 🙂

    • I remember watching “who do you think you are” the show where they trace famous peoples ancestors, and the actor they were tracing didn’t know of any other actors in their family until the show found an ancestor who was a travelling performer. This revelation meant so much to the actor as they always felt like the odd one out. Believe in yourself and you will achieve success, don’t listen to the naysayers. 🙂

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