Deborah Shapiro on Writing About Grief and the Decision to Self-Publish
In Conversation with Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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In this episode, Deborah Shapiro (Consolation) talks to us about her new novel, writing about grief, the journey to her decision to self-publish this amazing, gorgeous, “quiet” book, working with Bookmobile, the power of simple covers, and more!
From the episode:
I didn’t only want it to be from [Justine’s] perspective. I wanted to hear from characters who were differently involved with the same person, but I also wanted to explore these relationships. For each of these women, their relationship with [James] wasn’t necessarily a primary relationship. We think we understand the contours of grief when you’ve lost someone really close to you, but I was interested in looking at what happens when you lose someone who isn’t actively part of your life. It affects your life; it affects how you go about living your life.
Deborah Shapiro is the author of the novels The Sun in Your Eyes (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice), The Summer Demands, and Consolation. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sight Unseen, Chicago Magazine, Literary Hub, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.