Shana Thornton is a lady who is able to wear many different hats while remaining stylish and composed. She is a trail runner in her home state of Tennessee, a novice bird watcher, a university literature instructor, the Editor-in-Chief of Her Circle Ezine and the Assistant Director of The Institute of Arts and Social Engagement. In this podcast, however, Shana wears another hat while talking to Claire Hart, namely, that of novelist and the author of Multiple Exposure (Thorncraft Publishing, 2012). The book focuses on the conflicts and traumas of militarized culture on a family. The main character, Ellen Masters, tells the story of her isolation after her husband is repeatedly deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In a haunting Southern setting, Ellen is vexed by her memories of childhood trauma, hallucinations as a coping mechanism, and a present-day murder that causes the people in her community to purchase record amounts of ammunition. Multiple Exposure is, therefore, a story about the combination of community and family identity and what it means to sort through the reality of war and trauma.
Shana reads several excerpts from the novel and talks, amongst other things, about how she has created multiple exposures within the book and how she dealt with the recurrence and possible reshaping of memories from our past in our present. Strong female characters loom large in the book, as does the Southern setting which Shana paints lovingly and evocatively. Having founded her own independent publishing company, Thorncraft Publishing, and gone down the self-publishing route with Multiple Exposure, Shana also shares the satisfaction and the challenges she has experienced on her journey down that road.
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