The Black Leopard’s Kiss & The Writer Remembers by Laury A. Egan Book Tour, & Guest Post!

Jan 17, 2024 | 1 comment

“Characters “peel off layer after layer of age and the façades accrued in a lifetime until emotional truths are revealed—a Russian doll effect. Novellas that felt like falling into a rabbit hole, where the rules of my world no longer applied and were being changed as I went along….with the characters turning into their own creators. A work infused with the possibility of disaster and violence, a sense of foreboding permeates the pages.”—Dr. Helga Schier, former executive editor, Random House

Book Details:

The Black Leopard’s Kiss & The Writer Remembers by Laury A. Egan
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 306 pages
Genre: Literary, with magical realism
Publisher: Spectrum Books
Release Date: Dec 16, 2023
Tour dates: Jan 15 to Feb 2
Content Rating: PG + M. Language is moderate; scenes of attempted incest and lesbian encounter.

Book Description:

Featuring magical realism and “Orlando”-esque touches, the two linked novellas plunge the reader into the slippery world of an aging writer as she delves into her half-remembered childhood and re-experiences volatile relationships. The swirling structure, with its interwoven narratives and warping time periods, deals with the treacherous nature of memory and how an author, Sidonie Ross, returns to the past in order to illuminate and understand it; how unhealed wounds from childhood re-surface in adult consciousness like emotional thorns, especially those relating to shame, guilt, disappointment, betrayal, and rejection. ​

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Guest Post:

Channeling Virginia Woolf
A Guest Post by Laury A. Egan

Virginia Woolf may have been whispering in my ear when I wrote The Black Leopard’s Kiss & The Writer Remembers, two linked novellas, though at first, her voice was only noticeable in the Mrs. Dalloway-style beginning of The Black Leopard’s Kiss. But by the time the work was complete, I realized Woolf’s Orlando had also subtly influenced both novellas. Whether her novel is an example of magical realism (as my book is), I can’t say, however I admit to being one of many authors who have been inspired by Woolf’s style and interiority.

From the quiet start, I was off and running: speeding the pace, tangling time and memory, and creating a fictional writer, Sidonie Ross, who is driven to uncover painful truths embedded in early traumas and to shine light on dark parts of her childhood. In the first novella, she is sixty- four, and in the second, she is seventy, with regressions to earlier periods sprinkled throughout.

When in her older manifestations, Sidonie deals with challenges to her mental clarity and growing physical impairments, incorporating themes about aging and viewing one’s lengthening past while realizing the future is shortening. Being a single woman without family, which I’m also grappling with, is another subject of the book, as is how a creative child handles solitariness and feeling different from her peers.

In addition to channeling Virginia Woolf, did I also channel present-day and younger versions of myself? Perhaps the book’s epigraph, from Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, is a subtle signal: “…the child is never far to seek in the author.” And then there is the cover illustration, a dual portrait of me painted by my mother when I was almost twelve. Hmm. Still, most of the scenes and characters in the two novellas are fictitious.

Of my thirteen published books, The Black Leopard’s Kiss & The Writer Remembers is the most imaginative and by far the strangest. Readers: lose your preconceived expectations about plot structure and plunge into these interwoven narratives. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Laury A. Egan is the author of twelve novels: “The Psychologist’s Shadow;” “The Firefly;” “Once, Upon an Island;” “Wave in D Minor;” “Turnabout;” “Doublecrossed;” “The Swimmer;” “The Ungodly Hour;” “A Bittersweet Tale;” “Fabulous! An Opera Buffa;” “The Outcast Oracle;” and “Jenny Kidd;” and a collection, “Fog and Other Stories.” Four limited-edition poetry volumes have been published: “Snow, Shadows, a Stranger;” “Beneath the Lion’s Paw;” “The Sea & Beyond”; and “Presence & Absence.” Eighty-five of her stories and poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her fiction ranges from literary to psychological suspense, coming-of-age, comedy, and YA.

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The Tour Schedule:

Jan 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post
Jan 15 – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 16 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Jan 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Jan 18 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight
Jan 23 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review
Jan 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight
Jan 25 – Casia’s Corner – book review
Jan 26 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Jan 30 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post
Jan 31 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight
Feb 1 – My Reading Getaway – book review
Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / guest post
Feb 2 – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews – book review

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1 Comment
  1. Laury A. Egan

    Thank you, Lu Ann, for featuring “The Black Leopard’s Kiss & The Writer Remembers” on your blog as well as my riff on how the book relates to Virginia Woolf. Lovely!

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