Friday, September 2, 2011

Following In Their Footsteps

Does talent run in the family? Or is it simply a matter of exposure: watching a parent practice a trade day after day? Whether it is nature or nurture, there are examples in, for instance, writing and acting of a son or daughter following in the footsteps of a successful parent.

Alafair Burke is the daughter of popular author James Lee Burke. Her first series began in 2003 with the publication of Judgment Calls.

Jesse Kellerman’s parents, Jonathan and Faye, are both writers. Jesse’s first novel, Sunstroke, was published in 2006.

Stephen and Tabitha King are the parents of Joe Hill. Joe is the author of Horns and Heart Shaped Box as well as a graphic novel and the story collection, 20th Century Ghosts.

Acting talent also runs in families, as these biographies demonstrate:

Been There, Done That by Eddie Fisher and Wishful Drinking by his daughter, Carrie Fisher.
My Heart Belongs by Mary Martin and Leon Adams’ book about her son: Larry Hagman: a Biography.

Call Me Anna: the autobiography of Patty Duke by Patty Duke and Kenneth Turan. Her talented son also wrote an autobiography called There and Back Again/ An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin with Joe Layden.

Sons and daughters often follow in the footsteps of successful parents. Sometimes their work and life stories are similar and sometimes they are definitely not!!



Maryellen@Warrenton

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