Happy Birthday, Laura Hillenbrand, born 15 May 1967
- For me, being a writer was never a choice. I was born one. All through my childhood I wrote short stories and stuffed them in drawers. I wrote on everything. I didn’t do my homework so I could write.
- I think if I had been writing fiction, where the work is entirely dependent on the writer’s creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite, I might have frozen.
- I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf.
- Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.
- I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
Hillenbrand is an American author of books and magazine articles. Her books include Seabiscuit: An American Legend and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
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