A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Author Valerie Geary and Editor Emily Krump, by Celia Johnson
Crooked River, a debut novel by Valerie Geary, is the story of two sisters who go to great lengths to save their father. Fifteen-year-old Sam and her ten-year-old sister, Ollie, don’t know everything about Bear, their beekeeper father. But both girls are certain that he is innocent of murder. Crooked River is a poignant tale of grief, ghosts, crime, and above all, family. I spoke with author Valerie Geary and her editor Emily Krump about the editorial process, what surprises authors after they land a book deal, and more.
Valerie, what inspired you to write Crooked River?
VG I’d been reading a lot about minimalists and people living off the grid, and I came across this article about a man who left his kids to live in the woods where he read books and made art. I kept wondering about those kids, what that must have been like for them. So I started to play around with a story idea about two young girls visiting their reclusive, teepee-dwelling father. The first time I sat down to write, things didn’t go so well. Nothing was really happening; I was bored. So I took a long walk and along the way the... Read more
In the Telling
#23: Erin Somers
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.
Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#67: An Interview with Poet Ben Fama, by Paul Florez
Humanity’s end is nigh, and poet Ben Fama is here to chronicle the final battle between morality and capitalism in his latest poetry collection, Fantasy.
I first met Ben at a book party over at The New School. His wit and deadpan humor were so charming, I thought he was April Ludgate’s long lost twin brother (yes, that would... Read more
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