C. D. Stowell


C. D. Stowell is a writer, editor, and photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Having pulled up her East Coast roots and moved west in the mid-1970s, she spent the next decade living and working on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. Her book about the Warm Springs people, "Faces of a Reservation,” won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 1988. After using her skills in various educational and non-profit settings, she devoted herself to her family and began writing fiction. "New Old World" is her first novel, and she is currently working on a prequel. Ms. Stowell’s fiction expresses her passion for geography and culture, particularly a deep connection to America’s first people and an unapologetic Francophilia. You can communicate with the author via her blog at newoldworld.com.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to write NEW OLD WORLD?
I was intending to write a different book—a novel about the years I spent on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. But after publishing FACES OF A RESERVATION, my non-fiction account, I took a celebratory trip to England and France and knew before I’d even arrived home that I needed to novelize that life-altering experience. I was mystified about how I could have left this country as such an independent woman committed to not having children only to come back a few months later very open to the idea of family. The novel was my way of exploring that metamorphosis.
So, is NEW OLD WORLD autobiographical?
It's semi-autobiographical. Ticonderoga Fox is a kind of alter-ego, but with a very different family constellation and a trajectory that veers away from my own. Novels need more peaks and valleys than my life has had, so I created some trials for Ti. For instance, central to her journey is her motherlessness, a tragedy I didn’t have to deal with; and the “reproductive crisis” and extended sojourn Ti has in France is completely fictional. I’ve often thought that while as a novelist I thoroughly answered the question of how and why Ticonderoga got from Point A to Point Z, I still don’t quite understand the transformation I underwent! I guess that proves that NEW OLD WORLD is Ti’s memoir, not mine.
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Where to find C. D. Stowell online


New Old World
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 216,000. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What happens when a headstrong, almost-forty photojournalist pulls the plug on her comfortably creative life and buys a one-way ticket to the Old World? It’s not a pretty picture as Ticonderoga Fox grapples with professional doubt, a stormy love affair, a reproductive crisis, and other challenges to her long-cherished autonomy. When a late bloomer finally comes of age, things can get complicated.

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culture    england    family    france    geography    photography    relationships    travel    women