Only The Moon Understands The Beauty Of Love

Only The Moon Understands The Beauty Of Love

Only The Moon Understands The Beauty Of Love

Only The Moon Understands The Beauty Of Love


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Only the Moon Understands the Beauty of Love, signifies the next chapter in the creative nonfiction writer's life. Though Slatin enjoyed a rewarding career as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter spanning some two decades, writing has permeated every aspect of Slatin's life since writing on her parents' New York City apartment walls as a child.

Slatin says, when it became apparent that she was unlikely to stop, her parents set up a desk and chair with a pile of notebooks and pens. So, how do you rekindle creative passions and pursue them as your second career? For Slatin, rebranding herself as a writer has been a significant challenge but is equally rewarding.

It was reaching her retirement goal from the fire service and a failed long-term relationship that catalyzed Slatin's conversion to writing and photography full-time. Today, you'll find the Vermont-based writer scribbling ideas, song lyrics, snippets of news, or conversations on paper that she later incorporates in her writing – a change of pace from her former life.

For many amateur writers, success is incredibly challenging and habitual – it requires disciplines, portfolios, exposure, and contributions. Early on, Slatin turned to the online world, establishing her author platform and building a readership. Her journalistic-style entries include first-hand personal accounts, layered with assiduous hindsight narration. Slatin describes her writing style as reminiscent of the 1988 television show, The Wonder Years. For example, she devotes a passage to her favorite tree as an 8-year-old in her parent's backyard in Stamford, New York, titled, A Little Ghost For The Offering.

The new book amalgamates Slatin's most inspired pieces, a tangible product decades in the making. In essence, the book documents her life, careers, and relationships with the potential for expansion in future releases. Though she admits many aspects of her life are irreconcilable, nevertheless, in her work, Slatin deconstructs, then bridges the two spheres. In life, as in her writing, Slatin recognizes that everything is connected in some way, even if connections are unseen or not fully understood.

She's also grateful to those who invigorated her writing passion. Slatin received mentorship and encouragement from her youth by some illustrious literary names, including American journalist Charles Kuralt, and poet and writer Allen Ginsberg. She describes Ginsberg's mentorship included sharing his writing process and practices that Slatin still uses today.

Slatin dedicates the entire memoir to her wife and agent, Amelia Desertsong. It's clear that Amelia is at the center of all her work as muse, confidant, and greatest supporter. Desertsong's admiration, love, and respect are also clearly apparent in her description of Thomas and her work, having written the foreword to the new book – challenging the myth that writers assume solitary existences in success.

When asked about the most challenging aspect of self-publishing, Slatin says it takes an enormous amount of discipline, but the biggest challenge is wrestling with extremely high standards. She seeks the absolute pinnacle of quality as a writer, refusing to publish anything short of such a standard.

As a self-publishing author with Barnes and Noble, Slatin also takes on the roles of book cover designer and marketer, with Amelia serving as editor. Her experience in photography and web design supports her endeavors in these roles. Slatin's photography work help to shape her writing and thrives through the thousands of images living on her website,

In 2022, Slatin published her photography book, Reckless and Wild, a follow up to her 2019 release Entropy. Like its predecessor, it immortalizes abandoned historic places now lost forever to fire, decay, or intentional demolition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798369238875
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/01/2023
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 339,191
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Thomas Slatin was born and raised in New York City. She started writing and taking photos at the age of eight. At age sixteen, Thomas designed and published her first personal website, where she came out as a lesbian. She has been employed as a freelance writer, photographer, and website designer in various capacities since age eighteen.

Thomas was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Then, in 2001, she became a certified Firefighter. She served two decades in the fire service, while also pursuing writing, photography, and website design part-time. Shortly after being promoted to the rank of Firefighter Paramedic Lieutenant Specialist, Thomas left the Fire and EMS service to pursue her lifelong dream of being a self-employed writer and photographer.

In 2020, Thomas moved to her forever home in Middletown Springs, Vermont, with her partner Amelia Phoenix Desertsong, whom she met on Twitter. They spend all their time together, as they travel, write, and take photographs, like equal partners in a mystery.
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