We were given the pleasure of having a little Q & A with Chloe Seymour. Chloe’s new novel How to Love a Wildflower is a story of love and heartbreak in the city of Detroit, so we are very excited to be able to feature her on the blog.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and How to Love a Wildflower
A: Hi there! I’m Chloe Camille Seymour - I’m a native Detroiter who recently published my first novel, How to Love a Wildflower. I’ve been writing in journals, on scraps of paper, and pretty much anything I could get my hands on, since I was a kid. Writing a book has always been a lofty goal in the back of my head but it wasn’t until I started writing this novel that everything felt pretty kismet - like this book was the one that was meant to be finished and shared.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the book? When did you start writing it?
A: This project took up a whole two years of my life, on varying levels. Some weeks I’d be spending hours and hours writing at The Bottom Line Coffee House, attempting to perfect every sentence, and then I’d set it aside for awhile. It was a balance.
I wanted my first real project to resonate on a few different themes that are incredibly important to me, including the magic of Detroit and its people, the power of femininity, using the energy of heartbreak in a productive way, as well as an exploration into mental health in your twenties.
It’s written in the first-person, with much of it being derived from my own experiences, but I also wrote from the perspective of some of my dearest female friends and family members, and tried my best to share some of their experiences in an eloquent way too.
Q: What is special to you about Detroit? How did that influence your writing?
A: How to Love a Wildflower is all about being in love in Detroit, a type of story I don’t think gets told enough in our city. I wanted to express how deeply Detroit is able to transform and shape love and, in turn, be a comforting space for those dealing with falling-outs.
I believe that’s the advantage of Detroit for all writers, we’re cradled by beauty, tenacity and strength everyday - elements that all make up some of the best kinds of stories.
Q: Where can we get our hands on a copy of How to Love a Wildflower?
A: Currently, Amazon is the easiest way to grab a copy, but I’m working on getting it into local book retailers as we speak.