Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. During her student years she served as an editor for Pleaides and The Missouri Review, and since then she’s founded the tremendously popular blog theconnectedmom.com. She lives in Kansas with her ridiculously supportive husband, two small children, and a Tuesday cat.
Her debut novel, CREWEL, was written during NaNo ’10 and will be published on October 16, 2012 by FSG/Macmillan. She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What was the spark of inspiration for Crewel?
CREWEL was inspired by a painting by Remedios Varo called Bordando El Manto Terrestre that depicts girls embroidering the world from a tower. I’ve been obsessed with the painting since college and one day I sat down and wrote a page about one of the girls who is destined to go work in the tower.
2. How has your Master’s degree in English specializing 18th Century Women’s Studies helped you as an author?
Graduate work in English is really about dissecting stories thematically, historically, and structurally, and since the18th century is considered the birth of the novel, I was working with a variety of novels that experimented with structure and storyline. I can be a bit of a tough reader because of this, but I’m also able to clearly discern what I like about novels that work for me. So when I set out to write my own novel, I wrote a story combining all the elements I love into one book.
3. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Now that’s a tricky question. Can I go back to the beginning and settle the whole big bang theory?
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. It’s the only thing you have any control over. Every single author’s experience differs when it comes to agents, book deals, marketing plans and publicity. I could tell you to keep believing, but there will be days when that feels impossible. But you can always write, and that’s most important.
5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?
It’s like flippin’ Sophie’s Choice, but I have to go with my first love: Star Wars.
Synopsis: Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.