I recently reviewed a wonderful short story collection called Corporeality by Hollis Seamon. It is a gritty, imaginative and moving collection that really struck a chord with me. It was clear to me that the emotions lurking beneath these stories were drawn from life experiences, so I was interested in finding out more about the person that wrote them.
Today I welcome author Hollis Seamon to Booklover Book Reviews.
In a revealing article about her upcoming novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, a young adult novel spawned from a short story included in the collection Corporeality, Hollis Seamon shares her experience of spending many years visiting a children’s hospital while caring for her young son. That son also grew up to become a writer – listen to an interview with Hollis and her son Tobias, discussing their latest book releases.
BLBookReviews: It was the cover art of Corporeality that first caught my attention, and then the title – I took great meaning from both. Could you share with us how that cover art and title were chosen and what they mean to you?
Hollis: All credit for the fabulous cover of Corporeality goes to the editor of Able Muse Press, Alex Pepple, who chose the image and designed the book. And, of course, to Renee Hoekzema, who created the “Girl and Duck” image. For me, the cover perfectly captures both the realism and magical aspects of the stories, in its misty colors and mysterious, partially-effaced figures. The title is a reflection of my interest in our human existence as embodied creatures. “Corporeality” means the life of the body and it’s used, often, in contrast with our spiritual lives. I see no contrast between the two: for me, our bodily lives are who we are and who we are is a deeply spiritual mystery. And, on the literal level, many of the people in these stories suffer from bodily ills and ailments—ailments that are very much part of their stories. (more…)