kathleen.....I am the 2nd born....of 2...which also makes me the LAST, a.k.a. the "baby," which my mother insisted upon referring to me as.....up to her death, when I was 56 years old! I may not complain. I do the very same thing with my 33 year old (youngest) son. SOME mothers!
I don't know that I ever gave much thought to my birth order being related to being a writer, This is an interesting thought to consider. Hmmmmm.....there you go, Kathleen, making us "THINK"......just like a Good writer should.
I have been inclined to believe most of this passion of mine is a result of genetics. My Dad was an eloquent & prolific writer, his entire life. Also a musician, he composed many songs/poems. I have boxes filled with his writing......mostly pieces he wrote, encouraged by "Inspiration"...for private enjoyment and to share with loved ones. An incredibly romantic man, he wrote "Love Letters" to our mother, during his tours of duty as a U.S.Marine. These letters are probably among my most treasured possessions, needless to say.
I also am inclined to believe there were several other reasons I was drawn to writing.....including; growing up in the '50's-'60's, my sister 5 years my senior....I spent a lot of time with my own imagination and creativity. My parents were convinced I was and would always be a "Happy Loner," even from the young age of 3. They were absolutely correct. The remainder of my extended family would come to think of me as a Pioneer. Between you and me, Kathleen, I'm sure that was their polite term for "Rebel." Guilty as charged.
A few famous authors & their birth order? I know Emily Dickenson was the eldest of 3. Tom Clancy was the dreaded "middle child.".....Jackie Collins, the baby of 3. Both John Grishom.and Roald Dahl....(fouling up the works)....the 2nd child of 5. The only other I'm sure of is Joseph Heller who was an only child.
Very interesting question, Kathleen. Thanks for asking..