“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there
to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support
system for art. It’s the other way around” states Stephen King in his book On Writing
(94). Stephen King is a world-renowned author for his works in horror fiction, fiction,
cinema and television. He has published more than forty novels and written nine
screenplays (Adams 1). Stephen King draws a great deal of his inspiration from his
surroundings, his job and his life experiences.
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. Stephen came as a
surprise to his parents, Nellie Ruth and Pillsbury King. Mrs. King was told she would
never conceive. The couple had adopted a son, David, Stephen’s older brother. When
Stephen was just a toddler his parents divorced. Nellie moved Stephen and David to
Indiana for a short time then to Connecticut. At the age of twelve, Stephen’s small family
moved back to Maine (Stephen King.com 1-2).
Stephen showed an interest in writing at a young age. When he was growing up
his brother would allow Stephen to write articles for “Dave’s Rag”, his brothers
independently published newspaper (Full Biography 2). Throughout his
childhood he would read articles from horror comics and become inspired. He began to
write short stories and sell them to his mother’s friends for a nickel (King On Writing
15). Stephen graduated from Lisbon Falls High School where he was sought after to be
on the newspaper staff. Stephen sold his first professional story to Starting Mystery
Stories in 1967 (Stephen King.com 1-2).
Stephen King met his wife, Tabitha, while attending the University of Maine at
Orono. Tabitha and Stephen were married in January of 1971. The couple lived in a small
apartment; their only source of income was Stephen’s salary as a laborer at an industrial
laundry. In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching sophomore English in Hampden
Maine and working on short stories on the evenings and weekends. In 1973, his first
novel Carrie was published. Not long after that his second novel ‘Salam’s Lot was
published. With the money made from the two novels Stephen and Tabith...
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...e natural talent (Adams 2-3). King believes that a strong desire to write is what fuels
brilliant story telling.
“Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in
your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex and work” (King On
Writing 157). Stephen King is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation
Medal For Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is also the world’s best
selling novelist (Stephen King.com 2). When Stephen is not writing he spends his time
playing guitar in a rock band called “Rock Bottom Remainders” (Full Biography 5). The
way King parallels his life with his writing without making it seem like every story is a
biography is amazing. His stories are compelling and inspiring. “These are just interests
which have grown out of my life and thoughts, out of my experiences as a boy and a man,
out of my roles as a husband, a father, a writer and a lover” (King 208). Stephen King is a
phenomenal author who has written many classics of the twenty-first century. He has
cleverly told the world about himself and his life through his immortal words.
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