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THE WRITING PROCESS

Self-Publishing and Writing About People You Know

‘A Masque of Infamy’ author Kelly Dessaint gives the MC Press an inside look at the world of independent publishing By Michael Cuthbertson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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I’ve heard people say that they don’t think they could write because it takes really opening oneself to the world. Author Kelly Dessaint—whose latest novel A Masque of Infamy is a deeply intimate and surprisingly funny account of his growing up in an abusive household—agrees writing about the life of oneself and of those close to oneself can be daunting. “I understand that fear completely,” Dessaint admits. “It’s what kept me from pursuing the story [of A Masque of Infamy] for so long. I used to really kick myself about it, thinking that if I were a better writer I could tell the story in some kind of twisted allegorical way, where I could be 100 per cent honest, but not have to face a backlash. But anybody who thinks they can write about the people in their life honestly and not face consequences is a fool.” Dessaint explains that giving the people in his debut novel pseudonyms, and consulting beforehand with the individuals who appear in his story, only mildly settled the complex emotional issues his novel brought to the surface. “[Writing as Louis

(Above: Writer Kelly Dessaint) Baudrey] gave me the freedom to write the story I wanted to tell. It didn’t release me from the responsibility of how it would affect my family.” Elaborating on the tension he encountered with the people he wrote about, Dessaint explains that, “My

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The Instability of Capitalism, Self-Publishing, Progressive Rock, Tales from a Game Designer, Political Corruption in Canada, Interview with...

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