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Andrew Spradling

For me, Jeannette Walls’ blockbuster “The Glass Castle” provided inspiration both as a reader andas a writer. It confirmed to me that, even as a scribe of fiction, you must lay bare your soul. You must… leave a little blood on your pages.

As a coordinator of speakers’ events in my last position I was fortunate to meet Jeannette Walls behind the scenes. It was December of 2007, and as Director of University Relations I was the person responsible for getting Ms. Walls from one venue to the next, which included, after her speech, dinner in the President’s “tower of power” as I liked to call it. She even stayed in a campus guest apartment rather than across the river in a posh hotel.

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Because I’d loved her book and because I was each day in the early a.m. before my commute pecking away at my first novel…

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