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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Interview With Author Julia Weiss
inspired you to write your book?
originally working on my thesis for graduate school about social interactions,
but when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I returned home to help her through
chemo. The book naturally became a mix of poems from that experience and poems
that I originally intended to write about. The overall theme of the book speaks
to the uncertainty that each day holds. You never know what is going to happen
tomorrow, which is mirrored in my book - you never know what's next when you
turn the page.
is it about?
humanity and the intricate care as well as the carelessness with which we treat
each other. It's about cancer, death, veterans, anti-Semitism, familial
relations, etc. It's about the world we live in now and how each individual has
a personalized relationship to their place in this world and to each other.
do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
I hope it
will be a haven for people to visit when they feel misunderstood or are having
trouble putting their feelings into words. So many people have dealt with
cancer or are suffering or are having a hard time connecting with others and
have an even more difficult time finding an outlet for all of those feelings. I
hope readers feel less alone when they read it and can return to it whenever
they're feeling that way.
advice do you have for writers?
time on social media talking about how much you're writing and more time
writing for yourself. Don't worry about what people think about your art and
your words - what other people think about you and your work is none of your
concern. Don't write for other people, write for yourself. If it happens to
affect other people, rejoice. If it doesn't affect other people, still rejoice.
Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
when I was applying to graduate school, I was applying to both MFA Writing
programs and MA Journalism programs. Whenever I told people that, particularly
older folks, they'd say, "why are you applying to the two fields that are
dying?" Obviously, meaning newspapers and publishing houses. I had one
older female writer tell me that nobody needs editors, which was amazing
because her book was littered with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes.
Book publishers allow writers to continue making their art without having to
worry about the business involved. Newspapers serve as a platform for writers
to expand their outreach and allow us to establish our credibility and maybe
even receive a paycheck.
years from when people told me that newspapers are going to be all electronic
and that editors will be extinct, these platforms and career choices still
exist. Conversely, I think a lot of writers are fed up with the politics in the
writing community. It used to be that if your words had merit, they were
published. Now a lot of writers are only getting published in major
publications because they're great at making connections, which is
disheartening, but has led to wonderful websites like Medium where you may post
your piece, albeit for no profit, which is another issue. The caveats for being
a writer are ceaseless. We experience surpluses and pitfalls from these
advances (personally, I'm ecstatic that I have a laptop and can hit
"delete" whenever I make a mistake and not have to start the entire
page over as was the case with typewriters.), but I love the feel of books. I love
the smell of books. I love writing marginalia and sticking post-it notes in
books and I think a majority of others feel the same way. I still see men in
suits reading the Times (the print version!) on the subway. I loved the process
of creating this book with Thought Catalog. It was wonderful to have a dialogue
with a team of people who believed in what I am doing and was okay with sending
me several variations of artwork until I believed it was worthy of the cover.
So, where do I think the book publishing industry is heading? To the printing
challenges did you have in writing your book?
have any challenges in writing the book. All of these poems flowed out of me
and felt like they needed to be written, edited, and perfected. I think the most
difficult part of creating a book is not in the creation of it, but rather, in
releasing it. I had a hard time letting these go because it feels so finite. I
enjoy revisiting some poems like old friends and seeing how they've changed.
Now I guess I'll have to visit them like close friends whom I already know well
and have little to catch up on. Either way, I'm elated that they exist, are
living their own lives in the world, and perhaps making new friends too.
people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
If you can
only afford to buy one book this month and you want it to be mine, please just
shoot me an email and I'll send it to you for free. Nobody should have to
struggle with picking one book a month and I'm honored that anyone even wants
to read my work. But if you're perusing Amazon or iBooks and would like to
purchase one singular poetry book, consider choosing mine if you know a loved
one with cancer and are frustrated by it. Consider buying my book if you feel a
disconnect in humanity right now and it makes you feel a bit helpless. Consider
buying my book if you're having a hard time with the monotony of everyday.
Consider buying my book if you enjoy or are irate about being human.
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