Character Q&A: Paloma Leary of Tracy Shawn's THE SOUND OF CREATION
Today's guest is Paloma Leary from inside the pages of THE SOUND OF CREATION by Tracy Shawn. It is a pleasure to have her with us at The Literary Nook!
What is your name?
What do you look like?
I have frizzy auburn hair, blue eyes, and olive skin.
I think I’m ordinary looking, but my friends say that I have an interesting
Where are you today and what are you doing?
I’m walking by the ocean, missing my mom.
Describe the outside of your home.
My husband and I live in a small condo with a balcony
overlooking the street. It’s in a nondescript gray stucco building.
You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do
I really don’t have any enemies. But if I did, I think
I’d just try and be as kind as I could—and then quickly walk away.
You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime.
If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?
It would be of my mom reading to me when I was a
little kid. It’s one of the best memories I have of her.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m more of a morning person even though I suffer from
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
A long, flowy skirt with a beautiful floral print.
Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense
are they? How have they impacted your life?
My phobias have been intense. I’ve worried my whole
life that my premonitions not only predict the future—but may also change its
very course. It’s made me push away my gifts and wish that I could be “normal.”
Sometimes, it’s stopped me from truly living.
You move into a new home. What's the first thing you
buy for it?
I’d buy two paintings. One from Serena and the other
from Tatiana, and then I’d hang them in the living room for all my friends and
family to see.
How do you feel about mortality?
I believe we all have souls, so death just means a
break until we move into our next life.
What scares you?
My own powers used to scare me, but now it’s mainly
other people’s cruelty.
How would your parents describe you?
My mom died when I was only ten, but she would have
said that I was a sweet girl with a big heart. My dad would say that I’m
sensitive, kind, and creative.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at
I drink a glass of rice milk and eat a snickerdoodle
Who is your best friend?
My childhood friend, Justine. She’s bossy and brash,
but I love her.
Are you married or in a relationship?
I’m married to a very pragmatic man named Reed. We’re
opposites, but have learned to respect one another.
Do you have children?
I’ve suffered through three miscarriages. Children may
not be in the cards for me, but I’m very close to my “found family.”
Where is your favorite hangout?
The ocean. I love hanging out on the warm sand by
myself or swimming in the waves with Serena.
You are at the zoo. What is your favorite animal?
Panda bears. They are so maternal and loving.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I didn’t think about it much, except that I had always
pictured myself being a mom—which hasn’t happened, so my life plan has changed.
I do work as a floral designer, which I didn’t think about as a kid, even
though I’ve always loved flowers.
If there was one thing you could change about
yourself, what would that be?
That I could learn to lighten up more. Laugh more. And
enjoy the present more.
About the Book
Brilliant and relentless tech CEO Ava Lawson built a system to play the currency market and make her billions. Instead, it begins to play strange music and makes normally level headed people behave irrationally, violently, dangerously.
While on the run from a coup to steal her code, Ava meets an ethereal stranger who seems to know more about her than she does.
The stranger calls himself an apprentice. He pleads for her help to stop what they have started.
“The Sound of Creation is a mind-bending book filled with big questions about our existence. It takes you on a journey disrupted by action scenes and strange characters. You will find yourself floating on dimensions you did not know even existed. This book is a mind game. You have been warned.” ~ George Papa, author of The Manual and The Architect’s typist for The Code
Gabriella Zielkefounded one of the world’s first tech accelerators where she was fortunate to mentor and fund hundreds of founders whose ideas previously only existed as science fiction. Fast Company named Zielke one of its Most Creative People, among other accolades from her business career. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Creative Writing at Harvard University Extension while living on St. Croix with her husband and their zealous Great Dane. When she’s not writing, you can find her dancing with fire.