Emma Gant, the young reporter for the Miami Star who is the main character of Gail Godwin's novel Queen of the Underworld, bears a mighty resemblance to the young Gail Godwin, who once was advised by a Miami newspaperman named Al Neuharth to try writing fiction instead. She took that advice, and in a career that has spanned nearly four decades has captured three National Book Award nominations, and a host of other honors. Now, upon the advice of her friend Joyce Carol Oates, Godwin has begun publishing the journals she kept in her early days as a writer, when success was still just a dream. The first volume, called The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963, is a neat companion to Godwin's 2006 novel .
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