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    Hannah Spivey: Talking Books And The Literary Business

     
    The literary world can be a very cutthroat kind of business if you allow it. There are so many different ways to publish a book and many authors that now have an easy outlet to get their books out. Well today, I was able to talk to author Hannah Spivey about her debut novel “ Ebony The Beloved”. This story is about a girl named Ebony who has been through so much abuse and ridicule in her life.

    Hannah stated that she wrote her book to bring out every emotion possible. Based on the reviews that I read she did just had! This book makes you angry, overwhelmed, and wants to hurt the people that abuse the character Ebony in this dramatic tale. Hannah says, “ People have told me that when they finished reading the book it has made them cry. It’s close to home and is very raw.” The main character Ebony was bullied in school and she was told that she wasn’t able to separate holidays. I can just imagine how I would feel if I was told that I wasn’t able to celebrate holidays, especially Christmas. This book sounds like a page-turner.

    Hannah is writing a second book called “ The Bold And The Ugly Truth” which is about a man who has a church of over 40,000 members and is a loving father. But his members are suffering while he’s living a lavish lifestyle. As he questions his life choices, things start to take a turn for the worst. Hannah states, “ I like to write books that people can relate to. “ Hannah began writing short stories when she was in elementary school. She was told to keep a journal diary. She didn’t get fully into writing until she was in her mid 20’s and she started to journal her thoughts and a year later she decided to write her first novel. Going through life’s struggles as most of us writer’s do, Hannah wanted to put all of her energy into her novel. Hannah says, “ Some of my life experiences are in my book “Ebony The Beloved” but not all. For instance I was never sexually abused.”

    Being a writer can be hard work. Hannah and I talked about the difficulties in the literary industry. “ It’s hard to get a traditional publishing deal just like it is for an artist to get a good record deal. Traditional publishers look down on self published authors because some of the work is poorly edited”, Hannah says. There is a lot of beef in both industries but there room for everyone to grow. I look forward to reading Hannah’s work for years to come.

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