Sarah Anne Johnson

Monthly Archives: February 2012

War and Peace February 26, 2012

So, I was able to move beyond Sherlock Holmes and dive into War and Peace, allegedly the best novel ever written. Part I, the first 118 pages, reminds me of Downton Abbey set in Russia, complete with vaulted-ceilinged homes filled with  Russian high society, and dinner served with a footman behind every dining chair. I…

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Sherlock Holmes February 18, 2012

My agent just sent my first novel out to publishers, and while I wait for the rejections to start pouring in, I can barely read. That deeper part of me that needs to engage with a book, is too consumed with anxiety to be available to a novel. In my predicament, stuck with this wrought…

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Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes February 18, 2012

Is there a plot to this book? It doesn’t matter. When you write like Kennedy, you pull readers into the heartbeating pulse of your characters, so that living and breathing their very moments takes on meaning and complexity that doesn’t require a firmament of plot to stand on it’s own. Passages in this novel sucked…

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The connection between narrative and music February 18, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH JOE MENO   By Sarah Anne Johnson   You grew up playing in bands and writing lyrics for metal bands. How did this influence your desire to write? Do you listen to music when you write? For me, there’s always been a connection between narrative and music. The first things I ever wrote…

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Interview with Jayne Anne Phillips February 18, 2012

How does reading life inform your writing? What are you reading now?  I think our lives, as readers are more or less ‘shadow lives’ to our lives as writers.  There is a deep connection, though we may not be immediately conscious of a specific influence.  That’s why it’s so important that we read literature, as…

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