Deborah Emin

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  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:54:30View | Delete

    Thanks very much for having me. And for the great questions and ideas expressed here.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:53:03View | Delete

    Thanks, it is a lot of work to set up which is why we are still working on the Scags at 18 book. but it is also a wonderful way to re-experience the book for me too.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:49:36View | Delete

    It is possible with the iPad app to be directed to the SSP website and twitter links. But within the book itself there are links that ask questions and the questions can only be answered on those secret pages. Plus the material in all the links will be frequently updated too. so there are lots of ways to follow the changes and the new ideas about the books as I live with them and the readers do as well.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:47:55View | Delete

    Once publishers figure out the value of libraries they will become a more reliable source of information about the newer books being published. Publishers are still unsure how to use them.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:46:09View | Delete

    Interactive but in a still rudimentary way. It will direct you to a secret place on the SSP website and then you and I can have a chat.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:45:25View | Delete

    It is a matter of time before the technology is there for the art books and all. It will be much cheaper and obviously lighter to carry. But we need bookstores because of the people who work in them, like you, Lisa, and like libraries where librarians are so important, those who work in bookstores do it because they love books and are a great resource and seller of books.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:43:30View | Delete

    never, they won’t let us. hah.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:42:48View | Delete

    I think there is some element of that but The Group is of an older time period and the Women’s Room yes, the coming of age well both were of the coming of age type, yes.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:41:25View | Delete

    I am glad that the app idea interests you. I have been trying to get this going for over two years. Then I just happened on a fellow at a meeting and he offered to produce it for me for free and that was because his company was now just in magazine app production but wanted to go into the book business. They are working with my company now and one other to use as prototypes.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:39:43View | Delete

    I think what e-books have done is allow us to use our environment more wisely and allow more people access to the production of books than were possible before. No one should ever dismiss bookstores, they are really those places where lots of things happen without which a book culture can’t be sustained.
    For environmental reasons and financial ones, e-books are just more realistic now. No waste of land, fuels, waters, the fouling of the air, no warehousing, no inventory and no book burning.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:37:31View | Delete

    I could never write without an outline. I don’t have that kind of confidence that I can just let things happen. I outline like crazy and enjoy that part of the process. To me, most novels are just retellings of an older story. As I was taught, there are no new plots, just lots of new ways of telling the stories. Once i know which old story I am retelling I have an easier time filling in all the blanks.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:35:55View | Delete

    I just wanted to also say that the idea of these four novels is that they proceed to show a moment in her life, a time of transition and change that will lead to the next moment and the next as our lives are lived. That is one of the reasons the iPad app will be so helpful. There is no way to include all that intervening time but with the app, of course that is more possible.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:34:14View | Delete

    I too love to read Eudora Welty. There is something always so unexpected in her work that makes me sit up and think. I have heard her read, on the radio, so that I couldn’t watch her, and it was such an amazing experience. There was a time when people read more fiction, more short fiction, like hers and Dorothy Parker and Mavis Gallant and on and on but there is so much less of it these days that gets truly worked on.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:30:58View | Delete

    Scags at 30 will be out next spring, at least that is the plan. I love to think of her as she will be in the new novel, in NYC, for the first time and working in a think tank for someone modeled after someone like Neil Postman.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:26:28View | Delete

    It’s interesting to me how I find that we give so much more time and attention to male writers. It annoys me as well. More women read than men. More women read novels than men do. We now live in an era when the genre sections of bookstores have more new books coming in than the trade fiction sections do. And what we now call fiction, well, it is having a hard time keeping up with how the whole idea of books is changing.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:24:10View | Delete

    I believe that many readers feel that way. Yet we have to also deal with being female there are very different ways of being in the world that men don’t experience. I felt that writing the Scags Series would help me to explore that more than one novel could allow me to do.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:22:31View | Delete

    i used to read P D James and loved how she worked out her plots. I also in my own mind construct lots of mystery novels and have almost written an entire novel already just in my head. But I am not a great fan of genre fiction for the kind of reading that makes me feel that I have done something wonderful with my time. I like to be bothered by a novel, or a collection of short stories. I want to be so involved in the dilemma of the story that I resent the real world. But I want the work of that reading to lead me to things I just couldn’t know any other way and to help me understand the world better and with greater clarity.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:19:48View | Delete

    I mentioned Nadine Gordimer and I would also mention Alice Munro who has not produced a new great story recently but is still working and has much to say still in her use of form. I really think that there are too many unknown women writers now. We tend to “let” them be poets but as to novelists, that is more difficult. We make demands on them that are different, as Lisa referenced earlier, that they write memoir rather than fiction.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:16:36View | Delete

    Women writers, and Virginia Woolf was very good at noting this both in her critical writing and in her own fiction, have a very different approach to the world and to what constitutes a story.

  • Deborah Emin commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

    2012-05-05 14:14:52View | Delete

    Thanks. I will read it. But to me, his work is more of that kind that works best in the traditional publishing mode. He has a certain formula, much like Stephen King has his formula, and he has stayed true to that all his writing career. We tend to valorize male authors for that. We spend too much time, in my opinion, discussing the mainstream male authors who don’t have the same problems being published or once published being taken seriously for the work they do.

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