Enjoy classic interviews from some of the greatest writers of the last half-century to spark your own creativity and inspire you to become a better writer.
In this 1990 interview, Maya Angelou tells of being a "voluntary mute" as a child, until a neighbor persuaded her to read poetry aloud. Angelou reads one of her poems, "Seven Women's Blessed Assurance."
In this 1990 "Today" show interview, author Amy Tan explains what inspired her second novel, "The Kitchen God's Wife," and the anxiety of writing a second book when a first book has been a bestseller.
Author and satirist Kurt Vonnegut warns of the impending reality of an America owned and run by foreigners -- a situation he imagines in his novel "Hocus Pocus."
Author Alex Haley describes the nine years of research he did in 58 libraries on three continents to confirm family stories passed down through generations, then the three years it took to write "Roots."
Writer Nora Ephron discusses the parallels between her novel "Heartburn" and her own high-profile marriage and divorce, which she used as inspiration and tried to turn into a "funny" story
In a 1990 interview in her New Orleans mansion, writer Anne Rice talks about setting her latest supernatural story, "The Witching Hour," in her own home, and gives NBC's Katie Couric a tour.
In this 1976 interview, Mississippi writer Eudora Welty describes growing up in a culture that relished storytelling, and how that has influenced her and other Southern writers, from William Faulkner to Tennessee Williams.
Novelist John Updike discusses Bech, a title character in two of his books who, like Updike, struggles with fame and public recognition. Unlike Updike, he suffers from writer's block.
As he eats breakfast and reads the newspaper in the "Today" show studio, comedian Steve Martin answers questions about his writing, then reads an essay, "Poodles: Great Eating," from his book "Cruel Shoes."
Writer Joan Didion discusses her novel "A Book of Common Prayer" and describes how a book "unfolds as you write it."