Saturday, April 27, 2019

Interview with author Melissa Knox

Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis
Cynren Press

1. What inspired you to write this book?

The need to understand my mother.
2. Who should read it — and why?
The following groups should read this book:
  • Women who have troubled relationships with their mothers should read this book.
  • Anyone who wishes to escape--or has needed to escape--a difficult family or relationship.
  • Anyone interested in Stockholm Syndrome, cults, and mind-control.
  • Anyone who has practiced or experienced psychoanalysis.
3. How is it better or different from others in its genre?

I don't know of another book that tells the story of what it takes to separate emotionally from one's mother, especially when one's instinct is to try to remain close to her at all costs.
4. What challenges did you overcome to write your book?

I faced emotional, moral and research challenges. The emotional challenge involved the remembering and re-living of excruciating periods in my life, and finding comfort in retrospect through humor. The moral challenges involved writing my story without compromising the privacy of living persons who are part of it, and choosing to name the dead, because I feel it best to expose their incompetence and misdeeds. The research challenge involved finding and examining letters, photographs, and journals, to accurately represent each aspect of the story, make sure that the research did correspond to my recollections.
5. What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left with after consuming your book?

I hope readers will understand that they have real choices--that it's always a mistake to listen to an authority figure who says "there's only one way--my way" or "nobody can help you but me." I hope readers will also see that the worst returns to laughter, and that once a truly awful experience has been recounted, one feels much more free.
6. What advice do you have for struggling writers?

My advice for struggling writers is to write, write, write. If someone tells you your story is boring, show your story to someone else, and see what they say. Take writing classes! I love online writing classes and have taken many from the Creative Nonfiction foundation, New York Writers, Gotham writers, and other organizations.
7.  Where do you see the book publishing industry heading?

I see the book publishing industry heading more and more toward electronic books, alas. I always prefer real pages that I can turn, pen in hand, to take note of passages I like and wish to remember.

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