It was a delight to host Fawn Parker and Tara McGowan-Ross for the double launch of Set Point and The Scorpion Season! I swung from laughter, to tears, and back. 20% of book sales from the evening was donated to Last Door Recovery and Treatment Centre in memory of Tara's brother, who had gotten sober with their help.
"I don’t get what the job is."
"Ahhh the job... Anything beyond is optional and extra pay he said."
"Okay I said"
Tara picks up with Scorpion Season: It's a book about trauma, but also a book about love; about how if you try hard enough the love can make things less shity.
"If I dream of a house it smells like lilacs - is that rain I hear - or a swarm of wasps?"
On different timelines: it's like Doctor Who but with depression.
Tara: So you wrote a whole novel in three months?
Fawn: I started one this month and finished it! NaNoWriMo - I don’t recommend it! I have a stationary bike - ride 40 minutes then write. It’s a Marcy. I don’t actually think about writing when I’m on the bike; I watch a show called Working Moms. The endorphin rush puts me into a place where I can write.
Fawn: Why poetry?
Tara: I used to write fiction before got distracted by poetry for like 7 years. I had a writing group at my place called "Alt Write" until Charlottesville and it wasn’t funny anymore. Now we call it "Writemares".
Set-Point is a novel about personal, sexual, and physical identity. A voice that is at once brutally honest and humorous follows Luck Frank, a...More Info
The Scorpion Season