More About the Author
Sarah Stonich is the author of internationally acclaimed novels These Granite Islands, and The Ice Chorus, stories which have left their marks on readers around the world. The eagerly awaited paperpback version of The Ice Chorus is now available. Her memoir Shelter, is now out to rave reviews - visit sarahstonich.com for more
Here's an interview Sarah recently had with WritingRaw.com
WR: Please let us know who you are and how we might know you:
SS:I'm a late-late blooming writer. I thought I'd become a painter. Eventually I thought, writing... I'll try that. And I did, thinking that having a crazy mother sort of qualified me. I wrote very badly for a very long time while teaching myself how. My first book was "These Granite Islands" set in my home state of MN.
WR: Any news you would like to share concerning upcoming projects:
SS: I have a new book I really like which is a bit of a departure for me, a volume of interconnected stories, Vacationland. The main character is a crumbling resort - currently occupied by the immigrant builder's granddaughter - a 40-ish painter who's come "home" after her divorce. Various visitors to the place tell its history over a span of 40 years, weaving around the place with a just a degree or two of separation between each character. Vacationland is now with my agent. Just out is "Shelter" a memoir that follows my search for place from childhood to present as I build an off-the-grid retreat in the northwoods. After so many years of fiction, writing Shelter is making me feel a little undressed - in a good way - like a skinny dip into the past. I'm now writing American River - a family saga spanning three generations.
WR: Thoughts concerning the current state of the literary world?
SS: Aside from all the gnashing about the 'new book', the E-book, and how we will be reading, and on what sort of a device or page? People smarter than me are figuring that out. What sticks in my craw is the fallacy that short stories cannot succeed, when, yes, the fact is that short fiction cannot possibly when agents and publishers discourage the genre without a thought to the reader, the future, or the reader's ever-shrinking time to read novels. By the time my 22 year old son's generation are THE book consumers, Wally Lamb novels will be repurposed as doorstops, and big houses that haven't
embraced the genre will have hung by their own petards and lack of vision. Really. There should be an uprising against the naysayers of the short story. Let's kill them all. Or at least give them a good what-for.
WR: Who is your favorite author and why?
SS: I favor a sort of Frankenwriter a mutt - one with the composure of William Trevor, the raw intelligence of Nabokov, Dermot Healy's compassion, Ian McEwan's loyalty and obedience, Micheal Faber's toothy grin, the bark of Irvine Welsh, and Micheal Ondaatjes sense of smell. Super ugly, I might add.
WR: Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to publish?
SS: "Love's Tender Loins" An elbow to the ribs of the romance genre - the story of an unfulfilled housewife who pens and error-fraught historical romance - eventually realizing that her own life needs as much editing as her confused story. I co-wrote it with a friend and we sent it out sans agent on pink paper in heart-shaped boxes with Godiva chocolates. The editors ate up the chocolates. It smolders in a drawer somewhere.
WR:Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
SS: Getting a book published is a big deal - going on tour, seeing the first library editions - are all exciting, but I hadn't counted on the readers. A word or two from a reader approaches the thrill of getting a royalty check. Writing is a lonely business and sometimes even is a torturous uphill slog but an email or even a posted Amazon review from a reader is a real boost that reminds me why I do this - it can make a day - kipper tossed to a starving cat. I think readers are shy about writing - don't be. A reader sharing that something in a story touched or affected them or spoke in some way to their own experience is pretty humbling.
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