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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Oh, that's a hard one. I wouldn't presume to give children advice. Not when they're going through it. Then all I can do is wish them support and love and hope that the adults in their life protect them and end it. So maybe what I hope for them is that they tell someone who loves them. Which is the same thing I hope for adults who've experienced it-- that they tell someone who loves them. Thank you for the question.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Thanks for the question, James! I think the answer can only be: hard, frankly. But writing THE FACT OF A BODY really helped. I didn't think would be the case-- I was writing it because I had to, because I was haunted, not because I thought it would make things easier, and during the actual writing it was often still really hard. But finishing the book? Holding it in my hands as a book, a story between two covers, no longer secrets carried only in my body? That actually helped so much. I don't think the purpose of literature can or should ever just be therapeutic, not when a book is intended for readers-- it owes its fidelity to the story, not the author's needs. But this has been a wonderful unexpected side effect!
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Thank you, and thanks for reading! As a writer, as a reader, and as someone trained in the law, I'm drawn to the kinds of questions crimes pose about who we are as people and as a society, so-- likely yes! The project I'm working on right now certainly has a crime in it, a very big one-- but it's too early for me to say what role that will play in the narrative, how much of a focus it will be in this next project. That's the kind of thing I discover only as I write. I'm looking forward to finding out!
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Thanks for the question, Jean! My grandfather passed away when I was in college. As you'll see in THE FACT OF A BODY, that was an outcome that both freed me and made things emotionally complicated.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich This question made me laugh, because, well-- the one in THE FACT OF A BODY!
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich They have! That was really important to me, and to them. It's brought about a lot of conversations, some tough moments, and a lot of hugs. With all memoir, I think, the story made from the writer's life is invariably also a story about that person's family-- we are all connected, and our stories are all connected. And of course, we go on being connected, by stories, our pasts, and by love. (And increasingly by technology-- I'm actually texting with my mom as I type this!)
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Mostly, I read! I learned a long time ago that if I'm not reading, I'm not writing. Getting immersed in a book is a fabulous way to remind my mind of the power of words, and my soul why stories need to be told.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich This is such a great question, and something I thought about a lot while writing the book. I fear that if I get into the details the answer will be spoiler-y, so I'll leave it at this: a huge role, and one of my hopes in juxtaposing our stories was that the juxtaposition would subtly highlight the role throughout.

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