Updated: Apr 20
Time to talk about another 5 fantastic authors that I categorize under Transgressive Fiction according to their style and themes, how they use the power of writing to transgress the norms of their society and culture. Today we will talk about Lauren Sapala, Christa Faust, Jody Scott, Poppy Z. Brite, and Joan Didion.
Riya Anne Polcastro
Riya Anne Polcastro is the author of Jane and Dentata. On her Amazon page, she mentions that she lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys taking photographs of dead things. On her GoodReads she wrote, "armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words.
Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons. Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission."
Lauren Sapala is a writing coach based in San Francisco, CA. After her creative writing professor in college told her that it's better for her to give up writing, she stopped writing for seven years. But when she was stumbled upon an unconventional writing group based on the format of Alcoholics Anonymous that she started writing again and discovered her own creative gifts. Combining her own personal experience as an intuitive introvert with the experiences of her clients, she decided to write a book detailing the unique temperament and creative process of sensitive intuitive writers. My favorite book of hers is Between the Shadow and Lo.