Author Cara Hoffman Talks About “So Much Pretty”
DP: What compelled you to write about such a difficult subject?
CH: A feeling of responsibility.
DP: Did working as a reporter open your eyes to this problem or had you known someone personally who had been a victim of violence? Do you still work as a reporter?
CH: Like most of us, I know someone who has been a victim of violence. Working as a reporter was absolutely the catalyst for writing this book and for my research on the topic in general. I don’t work as a reporter anymore and I have to say I do miss it.
DP: How has writing So Much Pretty transformed or changed you?
CH: Writing So Much Pretty has not really changed me in any emotional or intellectual way. I really do see writing as a job and am disinclined to attach great transformative powers to it other than the kinds you get in any other line of work. And I think in many ways it has impacted me less than other jobs I’ve had. With reporting, I could really say ‘this changed the way I think.’ And when I was landscaping, I got in really good shape—had a great physical transformation. But novel writing is different, it’s very close to my skin.
DP: What are you working on now?
CH: I am working on a new novel about a woman coming home from a tour of duty in Iraq.