If you still need proof that a liberal arts degree in creative writing is useful, we give you exhibit A: Madeleine Roux’08. Her debut novel, Allison Hewitt is Trapped, hit stores Tuesday.
“It’s surreal. It’s really surreal,” Roux said Tuesday. Besides writing, she’s currently occupied by working at Turtle Creek Bookstore in downtown Beloit, which received its first shipment of the novel Monday. “It’s strange. When I see people browsing it, I want to run up to them and geek out.”
Published by St. Martin’s Press, (one of the country’s largest publishers—its parent company is Macmillan Publishers) the novel was born out of an experimental fiction blog Roux started after completing a 2009 honors term at Beloit. The blog was discovered by her current agent. “She asked if I wanted to turn it into a novel,” Roux explained, and Allison Hewitt is Trapped, a humorous account of a graduate student’s response to a zombie apocalypse, was born.
The author said Beloit was integral to her writing life. “I definitely owe [the English department] a debt of gratitude,” she said. “My writing education took place almost entirely at Beloit.”
Early reviews are taking note of Roux’s wit, humor, and command of action. Though she’s excited, there’s only so much time for the writer to celebrate—she’s currently in the midst of working on revisions for a sequel.
Allison Hewitt is Trapped is available at Turtle Creek Bookstore and online vendors. To meet Roux and have your copy signed, stop by the CherryVale Barnes & Noble between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, in the CherryVale Mall (just south of Rockford).