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|'Herself When She's Missing' author Sarah Terez Rosenblum visits Charis|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|July 04, 2012 02:01|
Sarah Terez Rosenblum's lives with a werewolf. But that's not what this article is about. This article is about her debut novel, "Herself When She's Missing" and her reading from that novel on Thursday, July 5, at Charis Books & More beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Some background on Rosenblum: her age is "younger than Jesus was when he died." She was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., and now lives in Chicago. She's cool with being referred to as lesbian or queer.
The bio from her website states: "A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for publications and sites including The Chicago Sun Times and Pop Matters. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as “kill author” and “Underground Voices,” and she was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Fiction Award. Her debut novel, "Herself When She's Missing" was published in June 2012 by Soft Skull Press. When not writing, Sarah supports herself as a figure model, Spinning Instructor and creative writing teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She’s kind of looking forward to it, actually."
But now, let's find out about her novel. The GA Voice emailed some questions to the author who gladly answered them on her flight to Atlanta.
Characters in the novel include Andrea, the protagonist, a 20-something teacher who loves making lists and who falls for Jordan, an early-40s perpetual undergrad who is a "criminal mastermind" and believes her own lies. There's also a folk duo included as part of the storyline, but, no, the band is not based on Atlanta's own Indigo Girls and absolutely not based on Maroon 5.
Is Cry Wolf, the band in your novel, really modeled after the Indigo Girls?
How long did it take to write the book?
Is it based on fact or all fiction? As in, these characters sound interesting -- are they people you know (including yourself) or maybe compilations of people you have met?
Elizabeth Anderson of Charis believes this is going to be the "IT" lesbian book of the year. Do you believe this book has something to offer that you have not read yourself in other books?
Many valuable books have been classified as ‘lesbian’ because of society’s impulse to pigeonhole and the publishing industry’s understandable need to identify a market in order to sell to it. While I’ll count myself lucky to appeal to a lesbian readership, I’m also blessed to write and publish in a time during which definitions matter maybe incrementally less -- in fiction and in life. So I guess my hope is that because I’ve taken care to render complex characters with sympathy and attention to detail, and because of the book’s timing, it will break genre boundaries and speak to a broader audience: Those who define themselves not just by their sexuality but by the fact that they’ve completely fucked up their lives for something they mistook for love.
Check out the book trailer:
Photo: Sarah Terez Rosenblum reads from her debut novel 'Herself When She's Missing' on July 6 at Charis Books & More. (Photo by Patty Michels)
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