Sunday, April 23, 2017

Interview with author Paula Priamos

Inside V: A Novel

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?  I started with a strong female Greek protagonist and went from there.  I saw a woman who is about to not only lose her husband who goes missing shortly before he is about to turn himself in to serve a prison sentence for a heinous crime he swears he did not commit, but the home that they share that is part of the collateral for his bond.  Her conflicts drove me on to complete the novel in under ten months.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? I think Inside V is a perfect read for both men and women who enjoy a thought provoking, leanly written psychological thriller.  Some writers gear their books towards one specific gender, but I did not do that with this book. 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? I hope the narrative is as unpredictable to read as it was for me to write.  While working on the novel I told a friend I was rooting for a certain character and she laughed, telling me I was insane.  I should know the outcome to my own story.  But I was so committed to the characters that I myself didn’t know what would happen until I let the narrative play out in my head and it did, like a movie reel, until I wrote it down in longhand on paper and then revised as I input it on the computer.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Be open to suggestions but mindful of your own writing style.  There are people in the literary world who might give you advice and forget why they gave it to you in the first place.  I know of one unfortunate writer who changed the entire concept of his book for a literary agent only to have her reject it after he was finished.  I’ve learned, as a writer, you sometimes have to go with your own gut instinct.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? People have been saying publishing is a dying industry for years, but I just don’t believe that.  I teach English and creative writing at a Cal State university and I see young people in their early twenties get excited about the books I choose for them to read.  I also encounter plenty of people who read my books.  It’s been the prevailing thought that self-publishing was going to take over the marketplace.  That simply hasn’t happened, at least not in my estimation.  All it’s done is crowded up online book buying sites.  I’d much rather have the backing of a well-known publishing house than go it alone, practically anonymous because there are so many self-published authors out there.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
It sounds ridiculous, but I had no real challenges while writing this book other than the fact I struggled to find the time, as most writers do, to actually write. 

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
It’s a quick page turner with some drastic insights about relationships between men and women and how far one woman will go to find the man she loves.   A reader can easily get through Inside V during a long plane ride or a lazy weekend. 

Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, ZYZZYVA, Crimewave Magazine in the UK, The Washington Post Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is the author of the memoir The Shyster’s Daughter and teaches English and creative writing at CSU San Bernardino. Visit her at

"A lean, searing, and psychologically astute thriller with a surprising twist and an unforgettable heroine."
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