This is a guest interview with Deborah Emin for BookMachine.org: 1. If we could turn back time, how could the Amazon/publishing relationship have been established differently? In this attempt to rewrite history, it would have been greatly helpful for those in publishing to have had the foresight to understand the power of e-books rather than […]
The Scags Series is a 4-part set of conflicts that the character, Scags, has at various stages of her, an everywoman’s, awakening. Rather than writing a coming-of-age story based on a male model, I chose to write about how women don’t come of age, but rather, how they awaken. Each volume is told in a different first-person voice by Scags at the ages of 7, 18. 30 and 45 and in a different season.
Scags at 7 is told in first-person present tense by the 7-year-old Scags as she deals with what she assumes will be the hardest part of the summer, her best friend’s absence at camp, only to have a much more problematic situation to face right at home. The summer’s progress strains her understanding of what the love from her favorite adult, her Pops, will do to her.
Scags at 18 reveals the life of Scags away at college for the first time. That is, the first time that Scags has ever left home alone. She records her thoughts about love, sex, politics and her classmates and courses in the diary her mother gave her as she left town. It is the tumultuous fall of 1969. So much to learn and to understand and what better place than in her diary?
Scags at 30 (due out winter 2014-2015) is a departure in many ways from what Scags had imagined her life would be like. Now living in NYC, in love with a former nun and sharing her Fifth Avenue apartment, Scags send letters to her ex-lover, in Vermont, telling her about how life affects her now. Facing a barrage of questions about her own identity, her profession and her inner spiritual life, this aspect of Scags’ awakening leaves her in a very different relationship to herself by the end of the novel which spans the winter when Reagan is inaugurated, and an attempted assassination occurs, along with the murder of John Lennon and the first discoveries of the disease that is about to kill many, many Gay men.
Scags at 45, the last volume in the Scags Series, will be told as a memoir. Now, living in the fullness of her realizations about what her life may be about and settling in to fulfill her commitments to society and to those she loves, this springtime attempt to write a story of her life and to capture the rich detail of all the events that have led her to where she is at the moment of the writing, is one more excursion into the various stages of the awakenings that women go through during their entire lives.
The other day I published an article on the reasons for writers becoming more interested in and knowledgeable about the publishing business. In the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, there was an interview with an agent at ICM, Jennifer Joel, and one of the questions asked of her was this: What would you love […]
As publishing professionals, we should want writers to understand each stage of the process: how they are acquired, marketed, and sold, argues one publisher. Recently I gave a reading from my novels in the Scags Series where the audience was mostly other writers. In my bio I always mention that I am a publisher looking […]
The rapidity of the change from a print to digital culture is potentially deleterious to readers, writers, and the next generation coming after them. If you ask me, and I hope you will ask me, not enough has been written about the tenuous connection both writers and readers have to the continuing developments in e-book […]
Confronting the silence that has greeted my visions and their prediction that we are at the End, I may have found a way to circumvent the almost total silence that greets my announcement of a new vision. First, let me recount the vision from Monday night. With each vision and prayer, I see more. I […]