Thursday, May 16, 2019

# 20 Questions

20 Questions with Carol Es, Author of Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley @esart #20Questions

Today's guest is Carol Es, author of the memoir, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley. Carol is here today to answer 20 questions about her life, writing and goals. 

1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
Definitely an early morning writer.
2. Do you outline or are you a pantster?
A little something in between. Planster.
3. Which comes first – plot or character?
I more so fall in love with characters.
4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
5. Favorite TV show?
All time would be the Twilight Zone and Northern Exposure. In more recent years: Six Feet Under, Ray Donovan, I’m Dying Up Here, and SMILF.
6. Favorite type of music?
I like everything. Seriously.
7. Favorite craft besides writing?
Making art.
8. Do you play a musical instrument?
I’m a drummer. I play some guitar.
9. Single or married?
I have a partner of 20 years.
10. Children or no?
11. Pets?
A crazy little dog that looks like she came out of the trash.
12. Favorite place to write?
In my office.
13. Favorite restaurant?
Jerry’s Deli.
14. Do you work outside the home?
15. What was the name of the last movie you saw?
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
16. Favorite outdoor activity?
17. Pet peeve?
People who are quick to judge.
18. Your goal in life?
Right now: to accept myself for who I am. Live easier.
19. Your most exciting moment?
Falling in love.
20. The love of your life?
My boyfriend.

About the Book:

Author: Carol Es
Publisher: Desert Dog Books
Pages: 356
Genre: Memoir/Biography

Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is a guided tour through a Tilt-A-Whirl life that takes so many turns that you may find yourself looking up from the pages and wondering how the hell one person managed to fit them all into 40-odd years. And many of them are odd years indeed. From a rootless, abusive childhood and mental illness through serious and successful careers in music and art, much of which were achieved while being involved in a notoriously destructive mind-control cult. Carol Es presents her story straight up. No padding, no parachute, no dancing around the hard stuff. Through the darkness, she somehow finds a glimmer of light by looking the big bad wolf straight in the eye, and it is liberating. When you dare to deal with truth, you are free. Free to find the humor that is just underneath everything and the joy that comes with taking the bumpy ride.

Illustrated with original sketches throughout, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is not just another survivor's tale, it’s a creative perspective through moments of vulnerability where the most raw and intimate revelations are laid bare. As an artist and a woman finding self-worth, it’s truly a courageous, relatable story that will keep you engaged to the very end.



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