Flirty and Dirty had the awesomesauce chance to interview Tarryn Fisher. Check out our Q & A with her. I loved getting a tiny sneak peek into her world. Also be sure to check out my review of Mud Vein. Wow!!! What a read!!! Oh yeah, be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway!!! Be on the look out April 27th, when you can join in a chat with the ever intriguing Tarryn Fisher!!!
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.
You don’t have to be alone. We are mostly born that way, though. We grow up being nurtured to believe that the other half of our soul is somewhere out there. And since there are six billion people inhabiting our planet, chances are one of them is for you. To find that person, to find your soul piece, or your great love we must count on our paths diverging, the tangling of lives, the soft whispering of one soul recognizing another.
I found my piece. She wasn’t what I was expecting. If you formed a woman’s soul out of black graphite, bathed it in blood, and then rolled it around in the softest rose petals, you still wouldn’t have touched on the complication that was, my match.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Such a difficult review to write…
STOP! If you’re looking for a book to delve into your wildest fantasy and escape, forget reading my review. Forget reading Mud Vein (although I would implore you to open up your literary mind, don’t be so partisan, so common.)
There are no alpha millionaires, rock gods, wishy-washy pretty young things. There is no fucking, multiple orgasms, big dick you’ve never seen the likes of such a size. None. Of. That.
Be sober when you read this, be ready to absorb and accept the thoughts and questions which will undoubtedly come to mind. Be naked, stripped bare in your thinking, not precise but attentive.
There are two ways Mud Vein will be read by people—literally and emotionally. Those that read it with literal tendency will see a story and think, “ok not bad” and take it at face value—the crap that Senna had to deal with along with some other weird recluse type stuff.
Those that read it with an emotional component will see the layers and complexities of the representations and symbolism. Senna, Isaac, and the events that happen are beyond literal. Without the emotional, the cerebral component, you won’t piece together the words on the pages of Mud Vein. Go beyond that of the actual words, feel them, and you will understand.
When I finished Mud Vein, I stopped to think about the questions I had swirling around my head—it wouldn’t be a Tarryn Fisher book otherwise. Many of my questions came back with answers that reveal the strength of a woman. It reveals the control a woman needs to garner that strength. As women we are extremely resilient and strong by nature but somewhere, I don’t know where it comes from we need our validation to come from the love of a partner. Maybe it’s not just women but men alike. Although somehow I think it is more inherent in women. Hence why we often are the primary caregivers—the givers rather than the takers. This point could be argued and debated until the end of time.
True to Tarryn Fisher style, the story was slightly convoluted yet amazingly poetic. It is one of those reads that will spur conversations at the mere mention of the title. It’s a story that each reader will come away with something different and no one is more right than the other.
As with any book there were things that didn’t make sense or seemed like a step was missing—how come they didn’t burn the table too? (I can’t give spoilers but when you read you’ll probably ask the same question.) – did Nick really not question her more when they were together? And really he wouldn’t take her home to change to meet his parents? And maybe it’s just me but I honestly don’t think that after the ‘incident’ she would allow anyone into her home. But that’s just me.
I loved the parallels between white and all the colours. The analogies of the senses was stunning. What I loved most about Mud Vein was Tarryn’s ability to question human nature—our motivation and our disincentive. And no matter how strong, independent or resilient we are, male or female, there are things about love that will weaken us no matter how much we try to ignore it.
Senna and Isaac’s relationship was such a paradox– it was tethered like that of an anchor to a ship, yet it was frayed as if they hung from a rope over the side of a cliff and the rope kept swinging against the jagged rock ready to snap with its last thread. It was tragically stunning in it’s evolution and maybe a love that more of us experience than we actually realize.
A review for Mud Vein is incredibly difficult to write without spoilers because of the nature of the story. I will say Tarryn Fisher kept you questioning every turn of the page. I appreciate and love that she takes risks with her writing. Do I always understand it? Nope. But I enjoy trying to figure out why she writes the words she does. The ending? Ends the way it should given the events throughout the story. Many will hate it. Regardless, you have to appreciate the effort of it. I almost felt let down by the end of the story because of the emotional capital I had to pay throughout the characters journey and story. It was a heavy price to pay. Was it worth it? I don’t know. I do know that I wanted to read every word and had I read it via paperback, my hands and fingers would have molested every page to get more from the story than just the words.
Although I’m depleted from reading it Mud Vein gets 5/5
1. I have to ask some questions I’m sure all your readers are wondering… How did you come up with Mud Vein and its characters?
I based Senna on women as a whole. The things that change her are the things that kill us, steal from us, destroy us. Isaac is a portrait of God.
2. What sets your writing apart from others?
I guess you’d have to ask the readers that. I feel as if I’m not merely a writer. I am an artist. I incorporate colors, and texture, and my soul into everything I write. I don’t just want to tell a story. I bleed it.
3. What motivates you to write and where do you see your writing in the next few years?
Really it’s just in me. I become a very mean and sour person when I’m not writing. I don’t think I need motivation, I write because I feel as if I’ll die if I don’t.
4. How do you manage to not get jaded or discouraged in a competitive and sometimes ugly industry?
oh god. Let’s talk about this for a minute, because you’re right to point it out. I’m confident. I’m not writing for other people. I don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks of my art. If you believe in what you do, you won’t feel threatened by others. I wish with all my heart women didn’t feel the need to attack each other. Just wash out your freaking heart and love one another, you know?
5. Are there any story boundaries you would like to push or any other genres you would like to write?
I’m writing a YA. I expect to lose a lot of readers that don’t want to cross over with me. But if they stick around I’ll be back. I don’t do any one thing for too long.
6. Are you currently working on anything?
yes. A ten year project. This year I’ll write it again for the fourth time, and I’ll get it right.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A lesbian. I wish I could. Men are so annoying.
8. And it wouldn’t be a Flirty and Dirty interview if I didn’t ask… Tell us one flirty thing and one dirty thing about you.
I have tattoos underneath my pantyline. I like porn.
I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…
GIVEAWAY!!! (Two of them)
• 3 signed paperback copies of MUD VEIN
• 2 – $10 Amazon or B&N Gift Cards (winners choice)
• 1 – Love Me With Lies bracelet
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GRANDPRIZE: Tarryn is also giving away a grandprize experience – win a date with Tarryn. This giveaway will run throughout April and winner to be announced at Tarryn’s FAN CHAT
April 27th from 8-10pm EST
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/694161840643799/