**Lillian Ann Slugocki’s latest book, a novella, How to Travel With Your Demons, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press. The premise of the story is very simple: Leda, the protagonist, waits for a car service to bring her to the airport. It is snowing. She’s travelling home to Chicago to identify the body of a family member. At its simplest, we follow the protagonist from point A to point B. However, there is also a strong mythological subtext to the story– like Odysseus she encounters many obstacles along the way, as well as guides, both good and evil. But, all roads lead, ultimately, to the morgue, and a surprising transformation. The journey of the hero, and her subsequent transformation is also very much “…a personal experience of constant becoming– an overlapping of the past and the present.”**
Fem: What inspires you as a writer? What’s your motivation?
Lillian Ann Slugocki: I have stories to tell– they’re always scurrying around inside my brain. And if I don’t get them down, if I don’t write them, I would probably go crazy. So there’s that, lol. I wrote my first illustrated book when I was 10, self-published, of course, and when I submitted a poem to The New Yorker, at 18, I was really insulted by the rejection. This poem, that I wrote while ridiculously stoned, listening to music at maximum volume, was genius. And I was sorry they couldn’t see that, and beyond this– I made sense of the world, and I still do, by writing it. Continue reading “Featured Friday | Meet Lillian Ann Slugocki”