Whenever I finish a really good book—one of those books that keeps you up at night, begging to be finished, that makes you think about something completely differently, that inspires you to create something that beautiful and thought-provoking, yourself—I immediately wish I could talk to the author. Sometimes I’m dying to ask the writer about their plot choices, but mostly I just want to know how. How’d they do it? How did they come up with the idea? How did they survive the grueling process of writing and editing? I want to know all about their process and experiences and habits, anything to give insight into the amazing feat of writing a book.
If you’ve ever felt the same way, then you’re in luck. We’ve invited some of Unsolicited Press’s fabulous poets and writers to join us for a little round table Question-and-Answer. Some questions are serious, some are silly, and all are interesting. Read on to meet some of our authors and find out about the behind the scenes process of writing.
To read what the authors had to say, click to read the article. This is a longer piece, but I hope it stimulates conversation!!!
After fleeing years of abuse in her Oregon seacoast home, Jane experiences new freedom by moving with her boyfriend to the new world of the landlocked Kansas plains. As she travels, Jane’s progress is threatened by nostalgia and attachment, responsibility and uncertainty. The power of her past has brought a pressing, and terrible need to escape not only her home, but also the force that it has to shape her present and even her future. As Jane’s internal, mercurial conflicts become overwhelming, the forces of nature brings a massive flood that also threatens to overwhelm both her past and her future. Jane experiences the powerful force of memory and how events of the past can directly affect the future, if she lets them. Floating atop a sea of time, Great Divide, at once alluring and threatening, beckons the reader to dive in with Jane into the imagery, metaphor, and power of memory.
Reviews of Great Divide
If you enjoy getting to know characters deeply through accessible beautiful prose that includes all the very human quirks and mixed feelings, read The Great Divide: A Novel and it will keep you unable to put it down, as you immerse yourself in the lives. She does whatever it takes, whatever POV or tense, whatever intimacy and uncomfortable complexity of abuse, to bring you into believing fictional characters must be reborn in your mind, to lives that are so real, they can't be left out in the cold, waiting.
Kiernan shows the depth of the humanity of the characters than most writers. The way Jane pretends to be still asleep briefly when someone else is in the tent -- that's the kind of tiny subtle quirky thing we all do, but that level of detail is rarely captured in prose so often focused these days on simply moving the plot forward at the sake of character development.
It's told with sensitivity of language that's delicate and bold at the same time. I love the stockholm syndrome with the father, the way she's given in and stayed friends with him, the way they don't talk about it, yet there is love. Getting reactions like that to sound believable, possible to identify with, moment by moment in the ambiguity, hesitance, domination, is tough, and she does it masterfully.
Anyone who loves beautiful writing will love Emily Kiernan's Great Divide. There is not a superfluous word in this tight, dense, richly imagistic story of a young woman trying to escape the deluge of her past as a flood of epic proportions threatens the western U.S. Kiernan deftly moves back and forth between past and present, drawing the reader into the protagonist's emotions and experiences in vivid detail. I felt I knew the places she describes and what it was like to live through the protagonist's story. This is a book that should be read like poetry - in one sitting, to ingest the flavor of it entirely - and returned to in order to savor the detailed, nuanced language. I was particularly impressed with the ending (I won't give anything away here); Kiernan strikes the perfect note, not providing too much closure but leaving the reader satisfied. Great Divide, for all its brevity, packed a punch and stuck with me. I'm looking forward to whatever Kiernan writes next!
Releasing on July 3rd, 2014 to honor a day of reflection, The Fictioneer will be available for purchase on Unsolicited Press's website, Amazon, and other national retailers. A PDF version and physical copy will be available. As always, the journal is rich with characters, plot, poetry, and the like.
The Fictioneer is a trimesterly publication that seeks emerging and known authors. This issue features work from Cara Long, Emily Kiernan, Mick Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Adam Phillips and more. The poetry will snag you by the balls and the fiction will keep you wondering what happened.
After a long six months of acquiring manuscripts, the editors at UP believe that this issue is the best thus far.
The cover art is credited to SR Stewart, our loving acquisitions editor. The brilliance behind her dark portrait is a mystery, but once we saw it, we knew that it screamed The Fictioneer.
Issues are available for $10 at Unsolicited Press (includes shipping). Electronic versions are available at Unsolicited Press or through Amazon Kindle. All major online retailers and local stores will carry the journal.
If you have a local bookstore that doesn't carry the journal, ask them to. Provide them our information (or hell, give us their information).
NOTE: We are still waiting on our book order to come in. For the time being, you can preorder the book or find it online.
Emily Kiernan's book, released today, April 11, 2014 has sold out. While the print run was small, a mere 15 copies, her book whizzed out of here today in a hot fashion. Unsolicited Press has ordered the second run of books (20), but those copies will not be available for shipping until April 20th.
Don't want to wait for your copy? You can order your copy of Emily Kiernan's "Great Divide" through other major retailers. Currently, Amazon is the only retailer to have listed the book. Within the next two weeks, Kiernan's book will be available in all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Powell's, AbeBooks, and many other booksellers. Here is a link to her book:
This a great start for Emily and we hope that you support her by providing book reviews on Amazon or through our website. You can see her Author Page...a great place to start a literary dialogue about her book.
Emily Kiernan, native east-coaster and current California resident will release her debut novel, "Great Divide" on April 11th, 2014. Kiernan's book wrestles with memory and escape.
Emily is a graduate of the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts and resides in Berkeley, CA. Her stories have been published in White Whale Review, JMWW, Dark Sky, and many other journals. Kiernan has pressed through years of hard work and literary bureaucracy to bring you "Great Divide" in its purest form.
Readers and fans can purchase "Great Divide" at major retailers, online stores, and through Unsolicited Press.
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