"You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up - at least I didn't." -- Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr (born Cleveland, Ohio in 1973) is an American fiction writer. He majored in history at Bowdoin College and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.
Many of the stories in Shell Collector, take place in Africa and New Zealand, where he has worked and lived.In a 2004 online interview for the Washington Post, Doerr mentioned that his next work may involve occupied France during World War II and their subversive use of radios against the Nazis.The struggles in writing this book are documented in his newest book, a non-fiction memoir entitled Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World.This book was published by Scribner in the US in 2007 and by Fourth Estate in the UK in 2008. He also writes a column on science books for the Boston Globe and is a contributor to The Morning News.
Doerr is married with twin sons and lives in Boise, Idaho. He is considered the 'writer-in-residence' for the state of Idaho.
"Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.""But then of course you reach a point where you have to say, I've got to figure out how this book's going to end. Otherwise, you're going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.""For me it was perfect, because it wasn't a very competitive environment, and it was a studio program. They basically send you off, and say, bring us some work, and we'll help you improve it. It really rewarded self-discipline.""I always told my dad I'd play professional football.""I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.""I feel like it has gone very fast for me, but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous, at all. I was getting a lot of rejections. I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me. I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something.""I found my first novel difficult. I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult than driving a cab or going to any other job, but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt, that you just kind of need to soldier on.""I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because I've been keeping a journal forever. In high school my friends would make fun of me - you're doing your man diary again. So I was always trying to translate experience into words.""I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.""I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.""I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe, so I like to give science books.""I've been getting into Nick Drake lately, the folk singer. Sad, gorgeous stuff.""It took me about three years to write About Grace. I wasn't teaching two of those years, so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week. And it would include research and reading - it wasn't just a blank page, laying down words.""It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.""My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say, how long did it take you to paint that painting. She'll say, It took me maybe three days, but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.""Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging, and the joy of them, because it only takes me three or four months to write, I can take more risks with them. It's just less of your life invested.""Travel definitely affects me as a writer."