“I always swear that I’m never writing a novel again, and yet, I continue to look for stories. “
— Joan Moran
A member of the Writers’ League since 2013, Joan lives in the Austin, TX area.
Scribe: Welcome, writer! Tell us — what do you write?
Joan Moran: I began writing in earnest as a screenwriter in Los Angeles after attending film school. I adapted a screenplay into a novel, which was lots of fun. Years later, I wrote a memoir about living large in my 60s, and morphed into being an obsessive blogger and compiling the blogs into a book . When I came to live in Austin, I decided I had to learn to write fiction and the writer’s journey became much more interesting. I’ve written fiction and am now back to memoir.
Scribe: If you could choose one author to blurb your book, who would it be, and what would you want it to say?
JM: Joan Didion: She funny, she’s dark, and she’s insightfully raw.
Scribe: You have one book you’re allowed to push onto all of your friends, and they’re forced to read it to remain your friend — which one would you choose?
JM: Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo.
Scribe: Tell us your WLT story.
JM: I had just arrived in Austin and joined Austin Newcomers and mentioned that I was a screenwriter but had always wanted to learn to write fiction. I can’t remember who told me about The Writers’ League of Texas, but as soon as I learned about it, I signed up and never looked back.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
JM: I always swear that I’m never writing a novel again, and yet, I continue to look for stories. I just finished a memoir about my mother because her story had to be told, yet there are several other stories that I vigorously want to tell. The next one will be a thriller, lightly based on the love of my life whose life was surprising and amazing.
Scribe: Here at the WLT, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down? (Bonus points if the book is Texas related!)
JM: Rachel Maddow’s Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism – Its history of fascism in the United States during the 1930’s mirrored the background of my mother’s memoir.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
JM: I’ve always been an obsessive dreamer and my dreams are stories I make up before I go to bed at night. This is why I was drawn to theater, acting and directing and producing and then to film and screenwriting. I never took a screenwriting class, or a directing class and producing came naturally. All of this was helpful when I began to learn how to write fiction. I know I’m not a great prose writer – I’m passable – but I do know that I can tell a good story and I can blend humor with drama. Not too bad for an amateur.