The nuclear engineer E.A. Smiroldo has an exceptional capacity for original thought.
As a singer-songwriter, she has been nominated for a Washington Area Music Association Award, and she has won honors in writing competitions hosted by the International Screenwriters’ Dig and the Bethesda Literary Festival. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award.
After making an investment in X-ray Media, she granted that company an option on the screenplay she had written, titled Blood Like Water.
The Silent Count, the author’s first novel, is based on real-world investigation.
Recently E.A. Smiroldo was interviewed about her debut novel and what led up to it. Here are some excerpts from that interview.
Why did you decide to write a novel?
I find the writing process to be both refreshing and revealing. As a musician and lyricist, I’ve always been aware of the freedom that comes from putting words to melody. Postmodern musicians, such as myself, have gone beyond rhyming lyrics into blank verse and have replaced trite melodies with atonal music that reaches the darker places of the soul. I wanted to find out if I could do the same thing with a traditional work of fiction. A novel.
And what did you discover?
I discovered, among other things, that I have a wild and deep sense of humor that I was barely aware of before. Humor can be very liberating, especially for a woman writer. For many, being a serious writer entails penning gloomy, in-depth studies of the human psyche.
There’s no need to chuckle.
The venerable Mary Amis attributes this to “the intellectual gloss of gloom…the assumption that gloomy pessimism is a mark of lofty seriousness” in her book Outside Story.
However, you can discover that humor is an essential element in making you become a better writer. Even the most depressing authors, like Samuel Beckett, couldn’t have created such darkness without a certain amount of comedy, such as having characters live in garbage cans or wait about for someone they know won’t ever show up.
And there’s science to back it up. Albert Einstein credited his innate sense of humor for his brilliance. Then, take into account the fact that multiple studies have shown that having a sense of humor is often associated with those who have higher IQs.
So instead of attempting to seem intellectual with flowery language, try to sound smart with a joke or two. Or, in my case, with irony and satire. After all, my protagonist has a workable solution to global warming but can’t get anyone to take her seriously. That’s both funny and sad.
Solstice Publishing, Amazon, and other shops sell E. A. Smiroldo’s The Silent Count.
Check out E. A. Smiroldo’s webpage.
E.A. Smiroldo is a writer, musician, and nuclear engineer. She knows mankind is near to a serious climate disaster and is committed to highlight the importance of trust and love.
She has won literary contests sponsored by the Bethesda Literary Festival and the International Screenwriters’ Dig.
E. A. Smiroldo’s website has information on The Silent Count.