In this candid, funny, and often heartbreaking memoir, E.V. Anderson, author of The Many Lives of Lilith Lane, lays bare his troubled childhood. Born to a single mother of five in Camden, New Jersey, one of the most dangerous cities in the country, E.V. never quite fit in. He endured years of torment from his drug-addicted older brother, and spent his youth hiding away with his comic books and imagination. When his comics started to lose their appeal and cocaine grew more enticing, E.V. knew he was in trouble. Through it all, he never lost hope, even as tragedy struck his family. Tales of a New Jersey Nothing is a true story of the bonds we share with family, friends, and lovers that tear us apart, but ultimately make us stronger.
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Well, it’s a memoir, so we’re dealing with the truth. Or as much of the truth as I could remember. Memoirs are often strange, complicated beasts. They are non-fiction, but they also read very much like a novel. I think Tales of a New Jersey is a page-turner, but one that tells a real, honest story.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Just write, and don’t let rejection stop you. I think the difference between writers who succeed and writers who don’t is, in most cases, simply determination.
E.V. Anderson is the author of The Many Lives of Lilith Lane, which first appeared in serial form as one of Amazon’s original Kindle Serials. He spent more than thirty years in New Jersey, before arriving in San Francisco with no job, no place to live, three suitcases and an insatiable hunger to write. He now lives in Oakland, California with his diabolical cat, Emma, and his tolerant and talented girlfriend, Julia.
I began writing Tales of a New Jersey Nothing as a form of catharsis. My brother passed away about ten years ago, and I’d never fully processed his death. Truth is, I hated him for most of my life, because he was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and treated me horribly for many years. It wasn’t until right before his death that we reached a sort of understanding—but it was too late. The memoir is ultimately about forgiveness, and moving on.
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