Forensic crime author Patricia Cornwell was recently interviewed by Rob McGibbon for the UK Daily Mail. Besides getting a fascinating glimpse into what Cornwell considers a “fantasy day,” we also get a clue into what the beginning of her career was like and what it took for her to break out and become successful: persistence and never giving up.
When asked what misconception about herself she wishes she could erase, Cornwell answers:
“That I was an overnight success. I had four books rejected before I got accepted. There seems to be a feeling it was a breeze for me and it all comes easily. It doesn’t!”
For more fun facts about Cornwell, you can read the rest of the article here.
For tips on surviving rejection in your own writing life, read my previous post, “Six guidelines for turning rejection into success.“