February 12, 1990 |
There were times when Valerie Martin thought she might end up heeding the advice she gives her own students: Never mind what people say, never mind what they think, just keep writing. She and her daughter, Adrienne, moved an average of once every two years. She taught at universities in New Orleans, Alabama, New Mexico and Massachusetts. None of the four novels she wrote in eight years managed to get published. One of Martin's books was rejected by 20 publishers.