Cover Photo: This photograph shows a crooked tree in the foreground of a misty forest. The atmosphere feels strange and kind of magical.
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What Does Your Novel Want?

What I was trying to write was a book that lent itself to connectivity, a book that was true for me that others could access too. I did this by establishing a consistent “want” for my protagonist.

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Mila Jaroniec is the author of two novels, including Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover (Split Lip Press). Her work has appeared in Playgirl, Playboy, Ninth Letter, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, PANK, Hobart, X-R-A-Y, The Millions, NYLON and Teen Vogue, among others. Her popular Catapult workshop, 40,000 Words in 40 Days, was featured in New York Magazine.