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“I am fascinated by two types of characters: those who are deeply flawed—the morally ambiguous character who is looking for redemption or spiraling into a deeper chaos, and those who are on the brink of a life-altering epiphany. When I first began writing, I only wrote short stories. As my collection grew and my stories were published, I began relying on the same characters to make cameo appearances or take center stage in a story. Now I have a family, so to speak, that I draw upon depending on the crisis: a young girl in a dead-end relationship with a man she loves, a husband who realizes his marriage and children were a result of his wife’s manipulations, a little girl enchanted into her young brother’s world during his early stages of schizophrenia, and... secrets. All of my stories have secrets that are not always unveiled. Whether or not those truths surface isn’t as important as how my characters grapple with the secrets they hold. What keeps me going is the thrill in unraveling those moments.”
—Aida Zilelian, author of The Legacy of Lost Things (Bleeding Heart Publications, 2015)