General Fiction / Literary
Date Published: October 29, 2015
Holly Dorren can't breathe. Think. Feel. Her cousin is dead. Nothing will bring him back. And nothing will ever make her whole again.In the days following Larry's funeral, Holly begins to reflect on the childhood they shared. She looks for answers in both the past and the present, convinced that understanding his fascination with death might somehow allow her to cope with his absence. She doesn't want to disappear, but already she's fading away from the life she's led.
Holly knew her cousin better than anyone, she was his best friend, and yet there is still a great deal she cannot accept in their relationship. In him. In herself. She doesn't know how to move on without him, but refusing to accept his death carries it's own devastating price.
- Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I've been writing novels since I was six and have always wanted to do it professionally. I had this ideal of being able to write fiction full time which, though challenging, is something I still strive for. I love stories. I love character. I love everything about it.
- What was the hardest part of your writing process?
I am committed to both books and cinema. My writing process includes visualizing scenes unfolding as they do in movies and sometimes there is something I would know how to do in a film or that would make sense in a film that does not translate to a novel. It is rather frustrating to either accept that limitation or admit that the scene should really unfold another way. It does, however, make the process eventful and challenging, which I always enjoy.
- Did you have any one person who helped you out with your writing outside of your family?
I have a lovely critique partner, but we started reading each other's longer fiction after this novel was already completed. I must admit, with this book my biggest reader was my mom.
- What is next for your writing?
I'm doing a bit of genre shifting. I'm always fascinated by family drama, but that can be found in many different places. My agent currently has my next novel in hand and the one I'm writing now goes in a completely different direction.
- Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes. Definitely. I am currently reading The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go. I am also a major movie person. The last film I saw in theatres was Black Mass.
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A tender little ode to love, loss, and the people we live for.
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Emily Ruth Verona is the author of the novel Steady Is The Fall. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from the State University of New York at Purchase. She is the recipient of the 2014 Pinch Literary Award in Fiction and a 2014 Jane Austen Short Story Award. Previous publication credits include work featured in Read. Learn. Write., The Lost Country, The Toast, and Popmatters. She lives in New Jersey with a very small dog.
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