Author Interview with The Unprotected’s Kelly Sokol
I’d like to welcome author Kelly Sokol to the blog today. I’m talking with her about her novel, The Unprotected. I hope you enjoy the interview and please read to the bottom of the page for a book summary and links on where to buy!
Your novel focuses on post-partum depression, and you’ve spoken about the topic in fiction in the past. What led you to this particular subject?
Where did the title The Unprotected come from? Did you have other ideas first?
Have you gotten feedback from people who have experience post-partum depression? If so, what did they have to say?
Did you have any say as to the book’s cover? What are your thoughts?
Do you see yourself writing more fiction in the future? Will you stay in the women’s fiction genre?
Absolutely! I’m well into a draft of another novel and am enjoying the discovery of new characters and new secrets and new obsessions.
They say motherhood changes you.
As a driven advertising executive, Lara James has always put her career before any plans for a family, preferring professional chic to stay-at-home style. But after her father’s death, she realizes she’s ready. More than ready, in fact. Yet pregnancy—something other women seem to accomplish effortlessly, even accidentally—doesn’t come easily to Lara. What began as an adventure quickly becomes a nightmare as she and her husband endure endless IVF treatments, hormone therapy, and devastating miscarriages.
When Lara at last becomes pregnant and gives birth to a daughter, Auden, she believes their determination has paid off. But Auden cries day and night, ear-shattering screams that strip Lara of her nerves and energy. Her life as a sleep-deprived new mother is unrelenting, and, guiltily, Lara can’t help but mourn for what she once had. With her marriage crumbling, Lara is increasingly driven to alarming thoughts and destructive actions she would never have imagined possible before now. Hanging on by a thread, it’s only in her darkest moment that Lara will discover the true depths of her love and devotion—and what she’s willing to face for the family she’s so desperately sought.
At times disturbing, The Unprotected is a bold, unflinching novel for anyone who’s ever wanted children—and wondered what they might have to sacrifice along the way.
About the Author (Kelly Sokol):
Kelly Sokol is a Pushcart-Prize nominated author and MFA-Creative Writing graduate from Goddard College. She has been featured on NPR, discussing the portrayal of motherhood and postpartum depression in fiction. She teaches creative writing and serves on the Board of Directors at The Muse Writers Center.
When she is not reading, writing or parenting, Kelly dreams, in color, of the mountains. She can often be found skiing or wandering the backcountry. The mother of two plucky daughters, she resides in Virginia.
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15515451.Kelly_Sokol