Erika Robuck on Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda | Tantorious

Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Erika Robuck is the author of three novels, including Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda. A member of the Hemingway Society and the Historical Novel Society, she also contributes to the popular fiction blog Writer Unboxed, and maintains her own blog called Muse.




Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: How did you come to write this kind of historical fiction?

A: I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen, and working on novels since high school. I grew up in the Annapolis area, where it feels like you’re living in the past – the cobblestones, the old buildings and cemeteries. I’m very interested in the mingling of the past and the present.

Q: In “Hemingway’s Girl” you tell the story from the perspective of Hemingway’s maid, and in “Call Me Zelda” it’s through Zelda Fitzgerald’s psychiatric nurse. Why?

A: Class structure is a theme I’m drawn to over and over again in my writing. For many people, the life of a writer is strange or foreign, so providing someone whom they can identify with to see this person’s world allows the reader to sink deeper into the story.

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