Hello and welcome to another Interview with the Author featuring some of my fellow Hero LostAnthology authors. Don't forget, the anthology is coming to you in May! This week I'm interviewing Yvonne Ventresca who contributed to the anthology her story “The Art of Remaining Bitter”.
Jen (J): How do you feel about the need for darkness in stories to find the light?
Yvonne (Y): Part of what draws a reader into a good story is rooting for the main character and their ability to overcome struggles. That ties back to the concept of darkness and light. Without conflict, there would be nothing to root for. Sometimes it can be hard for authors to put our beloved characters in dire straits, but it’s a necessary evil. As Nabokov said, “The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.”
(J): Why do you think we feel an attraction to fallen heroes, and cheer for their redemption?
(Y): Ah, the inherent attraction to underdogs! Whether it’s the un-favored Super Bowl team or Rocky in the boxing ring, there’s something satisfying about hard-fought attempts at victory. The same is true for fallen heroes. If they were heroic once, we’d love to see them rise to the occasion again. It’s a way to live vicariously and to have hope that our own struggles are conquerable.
(J): For kicks and giggles: What TV show would your fallen hero binge watch on Netflix?
(Y): In “The Art of Remaining Bitter,” Sylvia dreams of becoming an artist, so she’d binge watch Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting.”
Thanks so much, Yvonne, for taking the time to answer my questions AND for sharing the cute memes. I particularly love the Bob Ross one :) Make sure you stop by Yvonne's website to learn more about her and her work; also, click over to the Hero Lost Anthology website to read about Yvonne's story and all the stories featured in this year's Insecure Writer's SupportGroup Anthology. Happy Wednesday!