This is sarcasm:
Favorite Search Terms:
- what did people eat in uk circa 1800: Beans.
- spanking themes in young adult literature: You got my blog? That freaks me out a little, a lot.
- farting competitions in bed: haha, welcome to my life.
- virginia woolf car: She didn’t drive, she walked into the sea.
- metaphors for instructor of yoga: the sun is like a window to heat. my legs are like strong sticks; soft and golden as hay, crossed at the knee like two branches intersecting at a nest. (BAD POETRY).
Don’t forget! April 26: Poem in Your Pocket Day. Visit here to find poems.
- 10 Songs Inspired by Shakespeare (it was his birthday yesterday after all) @ Paste Magazine
- Book People for the Cause: Help bring books to under privileged kids with Book People Unite.
- How to Get Published by John B. Thompson @ Penguin.
- A prequel to Weetzie Bat is coming. Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block gets reviewed @ LA Review of Books
- Narrative Nonfiction Honor Roll Compiled by Book Buzz.
- Indie Lit Winner, Laurie Soriana talks poetry in new interview @ Independent Literary Awards
- Harmful Reads for Writers @ NPR
Book Mobiles @ Flavorwire
- Tweet NPR your poetry and read on Tell Me More for National Poetry Month.
- Literary Party Animals @ Flavorwire
- Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War. New book to come out with compiled stories. Listen @ NPR.
- New Yorker spoof on Pulitzer Lack of Winners. Hilarious.
- Grief in Greenness @ NPR.
- Kerouac as Poet @ Poetry Foundation
- Nominate a Reader and get a tree planted in their honor @ Half Price Books.
- Occupy Coloring Book for all the kiddies who are growing up in this economy @ Slate Magazine.
- Three Books on Writing Well @ NPR | All things Considered.
- Mark Twain’s letter to autograph hunters @ Letters of Note
Death and the Library by Seth Greenland @ LA Review of Books
- Double Day Tumblr’s Neruda @ DoubleDay
- Words are Free @ Huffington Post
- On Reading Gertrude Stein Aloud. Is there any other way to read her? @ Poetry Foundation
Book Sculpting by Alexander Kozer Robinson @ The Telegraph
- What Makes a Southern Writer @ Paste. This article features one of my favorites, Megan Mayhew Bergman.
- National Book Award Judges Announced @ National Book Foundation.
- On a MAC, check out these text editor’s.
- Stein’s rejection from Editor @ Letters of Note. HOW DARE THEY.
- News Paper Blackout on Tumblr is just so good this week that I had to share.
- CBS expects millions of books to be donated over World Book Night. We will know today what the outcome is. #Promote Literacy.
- Experts say E-book Law Suit is a bust @ Wall Street Journal.
- North Carolina offering up zip-line for Hunger Games tourism. (So weird).
Earlier this week I had the loveliest chat with new author Kimberly Novosel. I feel like her last name pretty much explains why she’s a novelist since it seems a distant twin to the word itself. She’s the author of upcoming book, Loved and has created a Kickstarter campaign to get the book printed. Normally, I’m a snob about self-publishing and prefer publishing houses and agents, but the theme of her novel, Loved, is dear to my heart. You’ve all heard me rant about self-esteem, usually in the young adult genre, but Novosel has written a novel dedicated to struggling women in their twenties.
We did a quick Q&A from questions I pondered while reading her bio and learning about Loved through the Kickstarter campaign. I feel like everyone at readings always asked, “What inspired you to write?” or “What do you recommend to young writers?” Instead of asking these questions, I asked questions about Novosel’s own upbringing and how it influenced her writing as well as how other authors have influenced her. Read our Q&A below:
How has being a small town girl gone big city shaped your writing? What did the small town give to you as gifts for writing, and what did the city give? And with this what are your favorite writers from both places and landscapes?
Audrey Niffenegger, who wrote The Time Travelers Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, is from South Haven, Michigan and has lived near Chicago most of her life. A small town to a big city, like me. I think in these cases the small town develops a unique kind of imagination, learning to fill the quiet with your own thoughts. Living in a bigger city as an adult helps to surround you with more stimulation, more fodder for stories, new ideas and personalities and backdrops. Nicole Krauss, who wrote The History of Love, was born in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn, where I live now. If you read The History of Love, her deeply rooted knowledge of the city and the people who come to live there is apparent. I think both can develop strengths in a writer in their own way. What matters most is that the best writers write what they know.
What were some of your favorite mystery books as a girl in Pittsburgh and did this shape Loved?
I read a lot of Nancy Drew books and ghost stories, though the names escape me now. I loved that stuff! The little girl who is haunted by the girl who lived in the old house before her. One favorite from those days is Ouida Sebestyen’s The Girl in the Box, about a girl who is kidnapped and held underground in a dirt hole with nothing but a little bit of food, water, and a typewriter. I’ve obviously never been afraid of darker material, even as a pre-teen. I also liked some fantasy stuff like A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth and The Giver, which I recommend even to adults.
Why did you decide to self-publish Loved rather than shop around for agents and publishing houses?
My goal is just to put the book out there into the hands of readers. I’d love to be published on a large scale, but that wasn’t my immediate goal. First I want to see how it does, what kind of impact it has. Maybe big publishing will happen with this book or maybe the next one, as I continue to grow as a writer.
How did you come to novel writing? Have you tried poetry, short fiction and other genres before ultimately writing Loved?
My earliest memory of writing is changing the words from the willow tree poem in the movie “My Girl”, and then writing new lyrics to Mariah Carey melodies. I was probably ten or twelve. Then I started to write my own poetry. That turned into writing lyrics with musician friends at Belmont University, and then I jumped right into the process of starting this book. I’d love to do short stories eventually, for literary magazines or my own full collection.
How did you come to the title, “Loved?”
Coming up with a title was one of the most stressful parts of writing this book. There was one title in the beginning, and as a different theme began to emerge I came to a second title and stuck with that one a good while. In the end I felt there was a better fit, and in the absence of coming up with the perfect clever title, I landed on Loved. I just kept coming back to that word. It just felt right to me, summing up the theme and evoking the right emotion, so I had to go with succinct over poetic.
What is your favorite quote from Loved and from literature?
From literature…oh how to choose! I love so much of the mother’s dialog in White Oleander. She’s such a fascinating character to me. She has this one rant in which she says, “If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” She’s practically evil but sometimes what she says rings true. Fascinating! I don’t know the exact quote for this, but in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller, a young Pippa follows a man she’s attracted to down the street and into a café. In such a short time, she imagines their future together, and when he leaves with out speaking to her, she’s heartbroken. That is amazing writing.
This is one of my favorite quotes from Loved:
“The thing about secrets is that they can hurt you more than the person you’re keeping them from. It’s like eating the last piece of caramel candy, a delicacy for you alone to experience. You hold it on your tongue, savoring the layers of salty sweetness. It makes you so happy while it rots your teeth.”
If you could tell women struggling with self-esteem or self-discovery, what would you say? With this can you give book recommendations for girls or women dealing with these struggles.
Forget what’s normal or what’s expected of you and decide for yourself. Are you talking to yourself respectfully? Are you listening to yourself and what it is that you need? For example, I need more alone time than most people do, and when I thought that was weird or that I was acting out of fear and not health by isolating myself, it actually caused me to be unhealthy. Now I know it’s ok for me to take that time that I need, and it makes me better around people when I am social. Write your own rules.
I suggest coming of age stories or stories of survival rather than the typical self-help books. Study others’ stories of growing and overcoming and you’ll start to recognize your own. Alice Sebold’s Lucky, Terri Jentz’s Strange Piece of Paradise, Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle, (all adult) Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep (adult or young adult).
What is your six word memoir?
“Present or absent, love moves me.”
Check out Novosel’s blog here.
Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here.