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November 23rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Red Chair interview: The moment Heidi Durrow knew she wanted to write

Editor's note: Heidi Durrow is the Bellwether Prize-winning author of "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky," co-host of the weekly podcast "Mixed Chicks Chat" and co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

By Heidi Durrow, Special to CNN

It took me a long time to realize an abiding dream — to publish a novel that was about real issues and also had my heart in it. It’s funny how now I can call the 12-year period - from writing the first words to the book’s publication — a “journey.”

In all honesty, that time was difficult and frustrating. When I was stymied by writer’s block and when the publisher rejections piled up, I was sometimes depressed and sometimes just filled with despair. Would my dream ever come true? Would the work ever pay off?

As I map out new dreams for my writing career, I am remembering those difficult times and trying to plan for them. And mostly, I’m remembering why I’m in this business at all: for the joy of it all – for the joy of connecting with readers – and maybe, just maybe, creating an inner revolution in just one person out there.

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  1. Kuldeep

    "After all, isn't kepieng our own side free of counterproductive elements just as important as taking on the opposition?"That's positively Kos-itian, BM.PURITY IS REQUIRED! TOE THE LINE OR DIE!When will you be scheduling the purge?

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