Ask the Author: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“Ask me a question.” Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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When will you have another book out? The Fact of a Body is a most amazing book, with difficult topics, complex truths, your handling of all with honesty, truth, courage, and compassion was beautiful and no doubt it will help others who experience what you did and still unable to admit what happened, or to talk about it. Thank you for your courage to share and compassion in the way you shared. Thank you
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 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 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.