Who are your working class heroes?

March 24th, 2008

I recently did a Q&A with Cat Morley of the UK-based online craft community Cut Out & Keep. Cat asked me who my working class heroes are, and I liked the question so much (it was a first for me!) I thought I’d post my answer here.

I love the same funny writers everyone else does: David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Anne Lamott, Steve Almond… But I’d have to say my real heroes are the freelancers on the rise whose work I’ve come to know and love in the past few years, several of whom I’ve come to know personally: writer Judy McGuire, who’s as snarky and funny as they come; writer/illustrator Ellen Forney, whose performances of her work impress the hell out of me; writer Diane Mapes, whose ongoing news of book deals, newspaper columns, and assignments from enviable publications keeps me reaching for more too; writer/instructor Angela Fountas, who got a couple of kickass grants [last] year and does a tremendous job of giving back to emerging writers; writer/blogger Ariel Meadow Stallings, who’s got the online social media thing down; illustrator Nina Frenkel, who’s one of the most talented and prolific thirty-somethings I’ve ever met; erotica writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, who besides being mind-bogglingly prolific is pretty dang fearless — I mean, if writing erotica isn’t literally putting your ass on the line, I don’t know what is.

I don’t think someone has to be a stranger who’s been pulling in six figures for the last decade to be a hero. The successes all these women have achieved feel accessible and within reach to me, which I find all the more inspiring. It’s not as daunting as comparing yourself to, say, Michael Chabon or J.K. Rowling and thinking, “Will I ever be that brilliant or rich, will I, will I?”

What about you gals/guys? Who are your working class heroes? Your mom? Sis? BFF? Fave blogger/designer/photog/coder/translator? Let’s hear it. And if you want to read the rest of my Q&A with Cat, it’s here.

Entry Filed under: Anti 9-to-5 media blitz,Creative process,This freelance life

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide &ra&hellip  |  March 25th, 2008 at 5:33 am

    [...] 2. I interviewed several of the working class heroes I mentioned yesterday for it. [...]

  • 2. Carrie  |  March 29th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    My dad is my working class hero.

  • 3. Pamela  |  March 31st, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I admire all the writers (often women) who crank out genre novels in the categories of romance and mysteries and the like, who bring so much delight and pleasure to their readers (often women) but who never get noticed and yet they keep on uploading joy!

  • 4. Lauren  |  April 1st, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Hollis Gillespie, writer for the Creative Loafing newpaper in Atlanta, GA (and also a flight attendant) and author of “Bleachy-haired Honky Bitch” and “Confessions of a Recoving Slut”. Her works are absolutely hilarious and engaging.

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Hi, my name's Michelle Goodman and I've been freelancing since 1992. I'm author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide. Read my full bio here.

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