A few years ago, the Toronto Star went around interviewing writers they found slogging it out in cafe windows. Now they follow up, and the good news is, most of them “made it”. Of particular interest to the ‘Ninja is contributor Marianne Apostolides and blog pal Zoe Whittall, both of whom are enjoying well-earned success.
In 2006 we went to Toronto coffee shops looking for writers and asked them what they were working on. Harry Potter stories, you may remember, came to life in an Edinburgh cafĂ©.
The little-known creators gazed up from their laptops or pages of longhand and told us about the novels, poems and blogs in progress. The Star ran excerpts.
What has happened to these aspiring artists and their work? A whole lot