LocalLit is newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. Each week a new short story by a local author – or a review of a book written by a local author – is sent directly to subscribers email.
Next week's short story is by returning author Carolyn Hill of New Lenox. Recently Hill spoke via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.
Baran-Unland: I've noticed patriotic themes in your writing. Why does this subject interest you?
Hill: It makes for page-turning stories of emotion, and reminds me, how “D*** lucky I am
to be an American.” My family believed in the spiritual mores of “gratitude” and values of conscience. It is such patriotic emotion to do no harm that stands in defense of the American way of life. It’s about a personal feeling of admiration for the freedom to be and do, and to start from nothing and create something.
Therein is the subject interest…a treasure trove of intrigue and powerful historical and imaginative recount of a freedom fight against political corruption. A writer will find intense drama about American humanity, love, loss and poignant triumphs of a spirited people who are still trying to master the earth that holds them.
Baran-Unland: Is there a certain theme or genre you'd like to tackle one day?
Hill: Perhaps one day, writing a column again, that’s a cut between the heartfelt humor of the late Erma Bombeck and the late Andy Rooney, on life’s little annoyances and happenings.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Hill: “Mademoiselle Liberty and Me" is the subject of a larger message magnified by a colossus as great as the country she represents.
Baran-Unland: Why should people read this story?
Hill: After 133 years Lady Liberty is no longer saying, “Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.” She’s got a baseball bat and yelling: “You want a piece of me?”
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Hill: Visit carolynhillghostwriter.com or email direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
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