David Bell, author of Somebody I Used To Know and The Forgotten Girl discusses his experience as a writing teacher and his writing process, on Nashville Public Television’s, A Word on Words.
David Bell recommends:
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
In The Blood by Lisa Unger
Charm School by Nelson DeMille
Solitude Creek by Jeffrey Deaver
David Bell is reading:
See Also Murder by Larry Sweazy
Stiff by Mary Roach
Elimination by Ed Gorman
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters by Ursula LeGuin
Runner by Patrick Lee
Notes and links from the interview:
David Bell’s wife, Molly McCaffery, shares the same initials (MM) as the girlfriend character, Marissa Minor, in Somebody I Used To Know .
David is an English Professor at Western Kentucky University.
David’s first short story was published in the magazine Delirium (now Dark Fuse). Greg F. Gifune was the editor at the time and asked David if he ever considered expanding the story. It later became David’s first published novel.
An influence on David Bell: Richard Ford , particularly the short story collection, Rock Springs (1987)
How to make the perfect cup of tea.
A recent read: The Last Picture Show, part of the Duane Moore series, by Larry McMurtry.
Special thanks to Nashville Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation and the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.