Therese here. I’m thrilled to present today’s interview, profiling WU contributor Erika Robuck and her novel Hemingway’s Girl, which releases today! Erika’s book presents a fascinating look at an author we only think we know, Ernest Hemingway. Said Publishers Weekly of the work:
Robuck brings Key West to life, and her Hemingway is fully fleshed out and believable, as are Mariella and others. Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting.”
Though Erika self-published her first book, Receive Me Falling, in 2009, Hemingway’s Girl marks her debut in traditional publishing (NAL/Penguin) and will be followed by Call Me Zelda, a novel featuring Mr. and Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald, in 2013.
What was Erika’s journey like, and what’s Hemingway’s Girl about? Let’s start with a look at Erika’s book trailer, and go from there.
Q: Hemingway’s Girl paints an intimate portrait of one of the most iconic authors of all time. How did this story become the tale you had to write?
My fascination with Ernest Hemingway began in college when I took a course on his works. A MOVEABLE FEAST and THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA have stayed with me, and I’ve reread them often over the years. When I visited Hemingway’s home in Key West I felt a strong connection to it and to his life during the time he lived there. The dreams and stars aligned so it felt like Hemingway was haunting me until I began writing HEMINGWAY’S GIRL. He hasn’t stopped.
Q: The average Joe likely knows Hemingway as an iconic author but may know little to nothing about his personal life. I didn’t realize he’d killed himself, for example, or anything about his tendency to be cruel. What was your process in terms of getting to know Hemingway at this level? Being a fan of his work, was it hard for you to reveal his dark edges and not whitewash his personality? Did you pick and choose personality traits to display in your story, or was it your goal to show him in true form, for better and worse? [Read more…]