IndieView with Shirley Reva Vernick, author of Ripped Away |

I use history all the time because I like it. I’m talking about books, podcasts, articles, blogs, and more. I learned about Ripper-inspired anti-Semitism by going down one of many historical studies.

Shirley Reva Vernick – 2021 October 11

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Abe Pearlman, once again ignored by his sympathy, strays into Fortunes and Futures and deviates slightly. The sorcerer reveals that Abe can save someone’s life. But before asking any questions, he swept into the slums of Victorian London, where he learns that his sympathy for Mitzy Singer has also been exiled.

Abe and Mitzy soon find out they drowned in the middle of a spree in Jack. To return home, they will have to figure out together how the divination prophecy relates to one of the most famous criminal cases in history. They will also have to survive the hatred of Jewish refugees caused by Ripper’s murders.

Torn is based on real historical events, including Ripper’s crimes, investigations, and charges against immigrants.

About the book

What is this book about?

This novel, aimed at younger readers, is based on the true experience of Jewish immigrants to London during Jack Ripper’s spree when xenophobia flooded. My goals are writing Torn must shed light on this episode of the story, inspire readers to reflect on possible responses to intolerance, and, of course, create a compelling journey through time.

When did you start writing the book?

I first put my finger on the keyboard in the summer of 2019.

How long did it take you to write it?

About 18 months.

Where did the idea come from?

I use history all the time because I like it. I’m talking about books, podcasts, articles, blogs, and more. I learned about Ripper-inspired anti-Semitism by going down one of many historical studies.

Were there any parts of the book where you struggled hard?

I struggled with attitude. I wrote the first draft as a direct historical fiction — from a third-person perspective, when a boy grows up in Victorian London. Although something was wrong. This POV didn’t feel fast enough, intimate enough. So I rewrote the book for the first character POV of the same character. It was an improvement, but I was still unhappy. Eventually, I realized that the book wanted a narrator with a modern voice and contemporary feelings, because that’s how a fairy tale will respond best to readers. So I rewrote it again, and yes Torn has become a travel time fantasy.

What came easy?

The voices of the main characters! I heard them, I understood them, when the idea of ​​history was just beginning to penetrate my mind. In fact, when I write, the voice of the main character usually comes in – that’s my window into its essence.

Are your characters completely fictional, or have you borrowed from people you know?

The main characters are completely fictional. The robber, his victims and assistant lawyers are borrowed from history.

We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any specific authors who have influenced your writing and, if so, how they have affected you?

I would say my two biggest influences are Kurt Vonnegut and Neil Gaiman. Their work is so good that every time I read or read it, it inspires me to raise my cartel. In addition, these authors have shown me that fantasy and whims are not exclusive to each other when writing on important, emotional, urgent topics. In fact, magical elements can reinforce real-world ideas, on the contrary or complement.

Do you have a target reader?

Yes and no. I like to think that my book can be enjoyed by people of all ages, genders, terrains and so on. People. However, as I wrote, I photographed for 11 to 15 years.

About Writing

Do you have a writing process? If so, can you describe it?

Not a formal process. A more “butt in the chair” philosophy. Almost every day, I sit at my laptop for two or nine hours writing or editing. There is no minimum number of words. Just a commitment to be there.

Do you define? If so, do you do it broadly, or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences?

I’m in a panty. I tried to outline, but my characters always forced me to deviate from it, sometimes dramatically. So instead of drawing, I create the main characters, the environment, and the central conflict, and then let the characters bring it to the page.

Are you editing on the go, or are you waiting for you to finish?

I edit on the go. It helps me to continue the next scene, chapter or chapter with confidence. That doesn’t mean I do everything “perfectly” before moving forward. But I’m sure there are no story holes, lost periods, unexplained character changes, and so on.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what touches the fingers?

I’m doing. Don’t ask me why, but I like the fact that my music is combined with the air. I write while sitting by the picture window, and somehow it inspires me to bring a little outside inside. Also, only instrumental music. The lyrics of the song distract me up to the song together.

About publishing

Did you submit your work to the agents?


Why did you decide to go to Indie, either on your own or with an independent publisher? Was it a specific event or a gradual process?

I love the indie spirit, and I’ve had a wonderful working relationship with an indie house in the past.

Did you make the book cover professionally, or did you do it yourself?

My publisher did it, and I have to say I like it!

Do you have a book marketing plan, or are you just spreading it out?

I have a plan, a list of targeted activities, but I hope the plan will change over time.

Can you advise other newcomers who want to become Indie authors?

My advice to any newbie is to grind and refine a lot before submitting to any agent or publisher. Get feedback from several trusted readers. Believe in yourself. Don’t think of rejection as an insult; they are just part of a curved line straight to your best editorial home.

About you

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town in northern New York State, right next to the Canadian border.

Where do you live now?

Western Massachusetts.

What would you like readers to know about you?

My first professional publication was pun Reader Summary: “Is a belly dancer a belt of energy? I was junior in high school.

Also, I can write back in italics.

What are you working on now?

A middle-class novel created in the United States and Japan during World War II and based on true history.

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