INTERVIEW WITH FRAN METZMAN
1. What is the title of your current book?
THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is published by Wilderness House Press. It is a compilation of many years of writing short stories. All are concerned with relationships, mostly from a woman’s point of view, with one exception. For example, stories involve human struggles. Some are between mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, romance, reuniting with old friends, exposing painful secrets or grieving for a spouse whether absent by death or divorce.
2. Where did the idea for the story come from?
Ideas come from observing people, looking deep into oneself, reading, getting into other people’s heads, their lives – there’s no telling where or when an idea might pop up. They usually are born of strife and conflict and how that may or may not be resolved.
3. What genre does the book fall under?
The stories lean toward the literary but are told in a straightforward manner. Some of the stories utilize humor as a vehicle to lessen the stress that many life situations create. Fiction not only mimics reality it deals with insights that are sometimes lost in the immediacy of difficult encounters. The purpose of my fiction is to fix a moment of time so that we can gain understanding.
4. A one sentence synopsis of the book.
Searching and yearning to fill the emotional gaps in our lives.
5. Is your book represented by a publisher or self-published?
THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is published by Wilderness House Press. It is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
6. How long did it take to write the first draft of the book?
The twelve short stories and essay were written over a number of years. It then took a long time to put it together and numerous drafts. I’d say the first draft in constructing the short story collection was six months.
I have been compared to Lori Moore but I’d have to say that is a supreme compliment. I wouldn’t think I was at that level.
8. Who or what inspired you to write these stories?
It is very hard to pinpoint. Some are seeds of events I’ve collected within myself over the years. Other inspiration comes from people telling me stories, news stories of interest and general experiences in life. All are just tidbits of reality that are expanded and fictionalized.
9. What else about the book might pique a reader’s interest?
The themes of the stories are echoes of what has happened to many of us throughout life. I hope they resonate for the reader. I aim to bring my readers into familiar conflicts to gain insights into their own lives. The idea is for them not to feel alone and that the hurdles they face are universal!