I recently re-read my paperback DON"T HIT ME!
I cannot convey how PROUD I am of this book.
It's my child. I made beauty out of a horrendous situation.
I'm a huge fan of Jewel Kilcher.
I LOVE how Jewel delivers her work.
Jewel's autobiographies and poems are always delivered in fragments.
All my books are delivered in fragments.
I'm VERY attracted to this style.
To me -- nothing seems CONNECTED.
NOTHING ever has.
Each moment. Each hour. Each day. Each scar. Each fuck. Each conversation. They're all just FRAGMENTS.
The only thing that connects these fragments is the meaning we attach to them.
My book started off as a self published book.
A year later, it was picked up by a Seattle publisher and distributed as a paperback.
I had the perfect editor. The perfect book manager and the perfect cover designer.
Lizzie (who designed the cover) is an American artist. I gave her a list of words that informed her painting.
And told her what I envisaged.
The blue blotches represent the fragments of domestic violence -- tears, sperm, saliva and blood.
When Lizzie sent me the final design, I was so happy. To this day -- I love my book cover so much.
It's EXACTLY what I wanted - soulful, artistic, poetic.
Below are some excerpts from my paperback:
My name is Vanessa de Largie.