When it comes to writing, sometimes you gotta turn to the ones who really know how to do it. Authors Matthew Quick and Meg Wolitzer happen to be experts in their own ways, writing the kind of stories that stir our emotions and make us think.
Matthew rose to prominence when his debut novel became an Oscar-winning film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. It wasn’t easy writing Silver Linings: Matthew was met with a lot skepticism, and eventually powered through despite the naysayers. Meg’s critically acclaimed discuss the intricacies of relationships — her novel The Interestings talks about life after a group of young artists form a friendship during summer camp. Meg may have been writing novels for years, but she manages to stay young by mentoring young writers in the many workshops she’s conducted.
If there’s anything we’ve learned form Matthew and Meg’s work, it’s that there’s very little to stop a writer with a dream. During their visit in Manila for the Philippine Literary Fest, we asked them about what it took, and what it feels like getting there. In our conversations, we learn more about the importance of optimism, watching Lena Dunham’s writing career on GIRLS, and why at the end of any story, it’s always better to end up together.