HAPPY FRIDAY !!
Today I’m posting the follow-up to my Bit of A Blitz on Monday to celebrate Karelia’s book launch of Something True. I caught up with her and launched five new questions about her novel.
Absolutely! Laura is ambitious; Tate can’t get her dreams underway. Laura is lonely; Tate has more friends than she knows what to do with. They have their difference, but they complete each other. No matter how much two people have in common (or not), I think this is what we all hope for in love.
When I wrote The Admirer and The Purveyor, I outlined the books very carefully. With Something True, I went with my gut. What felt right?
When I wrote The Admirer and The Purveyor, I outlined the books very carefully. With Something True, I went with my gut. What felt right? In a perfect reading world, what would be the most satisfying scene? I love both genres, but, of all my books, Something True is the only book I’ve gone back and read for my own pleasure.
Something True is a love song to Portland as I knew it. A dream. A magical city.
I lived in Portland during an economic boom. The city was alive with lights and laughter. I left before the economic downturn destroyed half of my favorite places. I left before I lost anything. Something True is a love song to Portland as I knew it. A dream. A magical city.
Ten years worth of my work was published in the last 18 months, making true the saying, “I was an overnight success after ten years of hard work.”
Ten years worth of my work was published in the last 18 months, making true the saying, “I was an overnight success after ten years of hard work.” It’s been exhilarating, and the very best part is hearing from readers. I’ve received emails from France, England, Canada, even Columbia. No matter where the message comes from, it is enormously humbling and gratifying to know that I touched someone with my writing.
Okay…I’ll take the plunge and say it. My favorite thing about the book is the sex. In one review, a romance reviewer wrote, “I don’t normally blush while reading about sex, but holy cow did my neck and face become red.”
The sex in Something True isn’t that graphic. You could find romance novels with more sex or longer sex scenes. The thing I’m proud of is the fact that the sex in Something True is…well…true. When you read Something True you are in bed with two unique individuals at an incredibly poignant moment in their lives. It’s not a string of anonymous water metaphors, and it’s not a porn video. It’s real. And that’s beautiful.
Seeing as I’m still too shy to post a sex passage online, here is one of my other favorite passages:
“Back home in Alabama, a woman like Tate would have been unfathomably plain. In her full leather gear, with her head shaved, and her brow furrowed, she looked like a heroine from a sci-fi movie, some kind of post-apocalyptic ninja. Without thinking it all the way through, Laura had assumed that Tate’s beauty was a secret only she knew. But suddenly it was clear. In this topsy-turvy city where people grew lawns on their roofs and vegetables in their lawns, Tate Grafton was gorgeous.”
Karelia Stetz-Waters is an English professor by day and writer by night (and early morning). She has a BA from Smith College in Comparative Literature and an MA in English from the University of Oregon. Other formative experiences include a childhood spent roaming the Oregon woods and several years spent exploring Portland as a broke 20-something, which is the only way to experience Oregon’s strangest city.Her other works include The Admirer, The Purveyor, and Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before. She lives with her wife, Fay, her pug dog, Lord Byron, and her cat, Cyrus the Disemboweler.
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Don’t forget you can see the Inky Inspiration Interview here, you can see an excerpt from her book here too. The eccentric city of Portland comes alive in Something True, Karelia paints the vibrant feel with effortless ease… I also wouldn’t mind a house in Palm Springs now either! Have a wonderful Friday and don’t forget to get your copy!