Ask the Author: Sara Lippmann
What would you like readers to know about you?
This book was written in odd pockets and stolen moments when my children were very little after a long period of not writing.
The structure of the stories, their tone, and their claustrophobia, very much reflect the stasis of my days at that time.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
It is a collection of short stories that examine the intimate lives of characters seeking connection beyond their scripted worlds. From grieving mothers to fathers adrift, old flames to restless teens, the isolated characters in Doll Palace are united by conflicting desires and the private struggles of the heart. The book was originally published in 2014 with Dock Street Press — and is newly released with 713 Books.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
It was conceived as a response to social expectations and patriarchal trappings imposed on girls, women, mothers, et. al.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I don’t know that any of it was fun to write, but it all felt necessary to write.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Jayne Anne Phillips, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, Richard Yates, AM Homes
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Read. Read voraciously, closely and deeply. Pay attention. Carry a notebook. Steal like hell from the world around you. Life lies in the details. Then, ass in chair. Forget your lucky pen or candle. There is nothing precious about it. No one is going to give you that time. You must take it — wherever, whenever you can. Rinse, repeat.
The book can be purchased at: https://bookshop.org/books/doll-palace/9781736176764