A dear woman that wrote for 80 of her almost 98-year lifespan delighted many people with her sports poems (spoems), ad copy, Good Living columns in the Detroit Free Press and the hunorous antics of Koko and Yum Yum cats as they were cared for by Jim Mackintosh Qwilleran – who wrote the Qwill Pen column in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere.
Lilian Jackson Braun never tried out a typewriter, computer, SmartPhone or iPad, despite living into the 21st Century. She wrote everything with a pencil on legal pads – for 80 years! She began with her sports poems in high school and had the first one published when she was just 17. Her short stories, news columns, and novels are now a permanent part of the American scene.
Lilian was told not to try to write for a newspaper, because hate mail came in for everybody and for a woman – tons of it! She did it anyway – for years – hate mail be damed.
She despised gratuitous violence, profanity, and sex in novels and on-screen and simply would not stoop to using it as filler material – as so many authors do today. Lilian would have none of it and simply stopped writing novels for 18 years – and I’m glad she resumed in the mid-1980s.
My writing contest Round Up of nominees this week is dedicated to the author Lilian Jackson Braun: