How many children do you have, if any? Does it affect your writing?
The prize-winning authors Zadie Smith and Jane Smiley – both of whom have more than one child – have hit back at a suggestion from the journalist and author Lauren Sandler that women should restrict the size of their families if they want to avoid limiting their careers.
“The grey-streaked eminence of Sontag aside, how do the rest of us mortals negotiate the balance between selfhood and motherhood? Is stopping at one child the answer, or at least the beginning of one?” she said, in a piece called “The secret to being both a successful writer and a mother: have just one kid”.