At AlterNet, Vanessa Richmond interviews young Canadian writers and asks what the writing life is really about. All of you out there who would be writing great novels if it wasn’t for the job at the bank, consider what Anne Stone once did for a living:

Anne Stone:

“I have actually written porn. I worked for a doctor who also ran a modeling agency and occasionally a depanneur. And he would just speak into a tape and send it home with me, and suddenly we were at page 600. And it became weekly that he would take me out for lunch and send me home with tapes. And he used to give me gifts in this box to thank me, and I never looked in, and I gave it to a friend and told him he could have it as long as he didn’t tell me what was in the box.”