Modern Romance Hits a Speed Bump and Gets a Twist in New Verse Novel for Adults

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Kenya D. Williamson explores family, romance, independence, friendship and women’s fears of intimacy through poetic fiction in the new book “Depth of Focus: The Stanzas & A Novel.”

“I wanted readers who don’t consider themselves poetry fans to enjoy the book too,” Williamson said. “And if they were curious, I wanted to give them a chance to see what was going on beneath the phrasing.”

Kenya D. Williamson merges prose and poetry in her new novel about relationships and success with a rhythm made obvious in the opening of her 612-page book, “Depth of Focus: The Stanzas & A Novel” (ISBN 978-1468196740). With Valentine's Day approaching, readers are offered an unconventional tale of a young woman chasing professional dreams while struggling to balance friendship, family and romance. She doesn't want to fall in love. The combined volume contains 348 pages of stanzas followed by the same story told in 260 pages of paragraphs.

A poet, screenwriter and novelist, Williamson couldn’t resist incorporating verse into the adaptation of her original script. “I wanted readers who don’t consider themselves poetry fans to enjoy the book too,” Williamson said. “And if they were curious, I wanted to give them a chance to see what was going on beneath the phrasing. It took a lot of work and a lot of obsessing over every syllable. My eyes are still bloodshot.”

Set in New York and Pennsylvania, the story follows a young, aspiring photographer who discovers her pursuit of success and independence might come at a very high cost. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, exes and a lover pull her in different directions. As the demands for her time increase, she’s tempted to sever ties, copying her father’s example. But, the relationships she suspects are thwarting her plans might be the very ones that help her overcome nightmares, confront her shrouded past and finally succeed guilt-free.

Williamson gives readers a glimpse of a woman battling a fear of intimacy that starts in the protagonist’s turbulent childhood. But, every character's history makes it difficult for each to be honest and vulnerable. The frailty, strength and beauty of people attempting to forge, preserve or renew the bonds between them are revealed with drama and humor. Everyone's looking to connect. And by the end, some even figure out how to do it.

“Depth of Focus: The Stanzas & A Novel” is available as the combined volume or two separate books online at Amazon.com and other channels. Free excerpts are posted on the author's site. Visit http://kenyadwilliamson.com/Depth_of_Focus-A_Novel.htm or http://www.amazon.com/author/kenya.d.williamson to learn more.

About the Author:
Kenya D. Williamson studied Theater at Philadelphia’s Temple University before relocating to Los Angeles. The Levittown native acts and writes short fiction, scripts for TV, film and the internet, poetry and verse novels.

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