Abbie's Thoughts On: Holy
I was inspired by my sadness over Freud and Jung’s falling out. The story was intended to mush them back together. Sidney is Freud; Gus is Jung. I changed their names because at a certain point, I had abandoned the fan fiction. I also used the tarot to help create plot structure. There’s also this masturbatory theme of ego death driving the whole story, so I was also helped along by a desire to be rid of my life as I was living it.
Mostly what I ended up with is a dramatization of my life up until now. I hate non-fiction stories, especially writing them. With fiction, I’m telling the truth about myself and what’s going on, because you can’t hide when you WANT to tell the story you’re writing. Holy was, among other things, a way for me to organize my experiences and how I understand them. Which is how we all do it, but particularly for me in this case. I've lived a fairly sheltered life, and I'm tired of it by now, so to quote The Dark Knight's Harvey Dent, "Why should I hide who I really am?"
The most challenging part was getting it to sound how I wanted. I have a lot of ideas of how I should read on paper. In reality, I end up either too close to that for comfort, or too far for me to handle. With this story, I would write a lot, freak out, and stop, because I was avoiding that the Uncomfortable Void of What Happens Next. But that’s what I like most about it. None of this is so serious as I think it is. Gotta have fun with it, always.
About The Author
Abbie Krupnick lives in Summit, New Jersey. When she’s not writing, she trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu and makes explosive quantities of visual art.
It's time again for our "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. Joining us today is Abbie Krupnick of Summit, New Jersey. Today she'll discuss her debut novel, which is a contemporary dark fantasy with a healthy dollop of psychological horror.
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