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Naomi Benaron, a former seismologist and geophysicist, is now a fiction writer, poet, Ironman triathalete, and marathon runner. Naomi has degrees from MIT and Scripps Institution of Oceanography and an MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, JewishFiction.net, Spillway Journal, Blast Furnace, and Prime Number.

Interview with Naomi Benaron

Even though Running the Rift is a work of fiction, it is on an important topic. What made you decide to write a book about the issues in Rwanda?

Many reasons. I have always been a writer of issues of social justice; I grew up with it in my blood because my mother lost most of her family in the Holocaust. I knew I wanted to write about an African athlete who was running from war--figuratively and literally--and when I went to Rwanda as a tourist and discovered the bones of genocide victims on the shore of Lake Kivu, I knew Rwanda would be the country I wrote about. I held the bones in my hand and realized that they were not just bones, they were stories, and that those stories needed to be honored with a voice.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I would be Bruno Schulz turned into a salmon in See Under: Love.

What book were you forced to read at school that no child should have to study?

I have blocked all those books out of my mind.

Name a book that you'd blush to be seen reading on the bus.

Any vampire or werewolf book.

Do you think that training for events like triathlons and marathons helps your writing in any way?

Absolutely! It gives you a sense of discipline and stubbornness that keeps you going when the going gets tough. It has also been a source of inspiration; many of my best revelations and literary inspirations come to me when I am running or swimming. Not biking; it is hard enough just staying upright.

Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

Not any more. I have no patience for books that do not enrich me. I give them maybe 100 pages and then put them down.

What type of books do you like to read in your spare time?

Any book with prose that makes me swoon. I just finished How to Breathe Under Water and am still swooning.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Writing work that many publishers and agents deem “unmarketable.” Social justice? What is that about?

What are you working on now? Any new books?

I am working on a novel about 3 generations of Holocaust survivors: the grandmother, who was in Terezín and Auschwitz, and her daughter,and granddaughter who were born after the war. The book addresses the ripple effects of silence, the legacy of the Holocaust through three generations, and the power of the arts to heal--at least in part--those wounds.

Do you believe that eBooks are helping or hindering authors?

Truthfully, I believe it is a double edged sword. Personally, I could not live without the feel and heft of a book in my hands, and I think my retention is better with a physical book, but eBooks are bringing the written word to a wider audience. They are affordable, portable and you don’t have to pay the $95 overweight fee for all those books packed in your bags. In my own case, eBooks have been a large part of my sales, and I am grateful for that.



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Running the Rift
Naomi Benaron
Algonquin Books, January 2012
ISBN: 9781616200428
Format: ePub
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