Roeau Vetrano published her first book this month. Rasping Melodies: Painspirations of My Past is published under newly formed company Panda Monk Publishing.
Panda Monk Publishing is a Virginia-based publishing company started by a local literary couple, including published writer Roberto Carlos Martinez.
Vetrano says the collaboration happened because ‘Roberto and I have been friends for quite a while now, through the passion of expression with words. We love to get into deep discussions about worldly, psychological and emotional topics, fueling each other with new thoughts and ideas to keep scribbling’.
The soft and demure writer explains that her inspiration ‘came completely out of the blue for me. Even though I have a deep passion for writing, it never crossed my mind to get any of my work published. So this publication is just another way of doing what I love and I love working with Roberto’.
‘The pieces within Rasping Melodies are expressions from painful milestones throughout my life; the lessons I’ve learned and the clarity I have reached through them. Rasping Melodies is window into my personal timeline, in depth and real.
‘I have been scribbling away for as far as I can remember; from little diaries to random notepads, post-its and napkins to even texting myself. My knees go weak every time I pass the stationary section in a store so I’ve had a deep passion for words for as long as I can remember.
‘My book contains poetry with a speckle of short stories symbolizing the troubles I went through and tried to understand while growing up. From learning about toxic love, unconditional love and self love to making sense of misunderstandings to abnormal norms of society as well as worldly corruptions overall.
‘The raw quality of the content is just how it flew out of me at that very point and time in my life that the feeling hit me. I decided I wanted to keep it that way because I wanted the readers to feel the full impact of that emotional milestone, rather than a watered down version.’
At the moment there are no plans to promote the book with readings. Roeau admits ‘Nothing has been planned as of yet but I wouldn’t be disinclined to said events. Although, I would have to say that the live readings should be attended by adults only since the content is quite raw and may be too much for a young ones ears’.
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