Rekindled: Amy Meyerson in Conversation with Vanessa Hua
On Family Secrets and Non-Traditional Mysteries
On this episode of Rekindled, award-winning author Vanessa Hua talks with Amy Meyerson about her new book, The Imperfects, a story about a priceless inheritance that leads one family on a life-altering pursuit of the truth. Meyerson talks about the process of researching for her new novel, using historical documents to shape her fiction, and delving into mysteries of the past. Please purchase The Imperfects from your favorite local bookstore, or through Bookshop.
From the episode:
Amy Meyerson: As a reader, I really like historical fiction, but I didn’t necessarily want to write it. I tend to over-research, and if I was trying to write straight historical fiction I would never write a word, I would just keep researching and researching. So what I liked with this book was more, what I was interested in exploring was, what we can learn about the past based on what was left behind. Documents both personal and public: just what artifacts can tell us a story. In that regard all of the research was to generate ideas. I mean, anytime you talk to someone about their lives, they have these occurrences that you can’t make up. I think there’s a lot of freedom in the constraints of borrowing from real events.