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Sally Crosiar

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Sally Crosiar (rhymes with ‘closure’) is thrilled to announce her debut novel, Come Back! Although the story takes place in Iowa, Sally based her setting on her own hometown, Utica, Illinois. “We lived on a farm just outside Utica until I was 14,” she says. “So I pictured some places I knew well as I wrote – Oak Hill Cemetery, the old Flat Iron building where I had my very first dentist appointment. Doc Hansen must have been 85, and did not inspire confidence to this seven-year-old!” Sally’s great-great grandfather was one of Utica’s first settlers – another detail she detail she used for the character Ben in the story.

Told from multiple points of view, Come Back tells how Vi Masters’ reluctant visit to her hometown uncovers secrets and ch
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Sally Crosiar Since I write only after all other work that puts food on my table is done, I don't generally have a problem with writers' block. While I grade studen…moreSince I write only after all other work that puts food on my table is done, I don't generally have a problem with writers' block. While I grade student papers, do laundry or errands, or wake up in the middle of the night, the next story is incubating inside my head. So when I do get a focused hour to write - and I do need at least an hour of cleared space and time - I hatch the next phase without much hitch.

What I do struggle with? Editor's block! Honing, crisping - and heaven forfend deleting? These are the tasks that make even dusting or vacuuming look marginally attractive!(less)
Sally Crosiar Make-believe is the game a fiction writer plays. Can you imagine a life that's more fun?

Writing a novel is a little like building a fort out of block…more
Make-believe is the game a fiction writer plays. Can you imagine a life that's more fun?

Writing a novel is a little like building a fort out of blocks and Lincoln Logs. Or designing some piece of wearable art - another way I exercise my creativity ADD. I might have an image of an end result in my mind, but the fort or the felt scarf or the beaded bracelet decides it would like to look like something other than what I first imagined. Sometimes it looks better; sometimes not so much. But it's the process of building it that taps into some core need I have to make something out of nothing.

My stories always start with at least one character I'd like as a friend. And then I get to add up the pieces of how that person got to be who s/he is. Each one of those pieces may or may not resemble me or someone I know, but when I put them all together, I've made a whole person - on paper - that never existed before. Without the pain of childbirth.

And that, the process of making something out of nothing, is pure play - which is not to say it's easy. Dr. Spock said, 'A child does not love play because it's easy. S/he loves it because it is hard.'

So the best thing about writing fiction? It's playing dress-up in someone else's clothes, it's building a fort, playing with shapes and colors, quirks and foibles. It's playing make-believe!(less)
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Salutations May 2020

And here we still are. It doesn’t seem like almost seven weeks since my last post. Isn’t it odd how time can simultaneously flit and stall? But you already know that’s true because you’re living this unusual time in history too.  I hope it’s an easy time for you, that you are well and have all you need.


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