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Author Emma Palova joins ACVN to discuss her second collection of short stories “Secrets.” This is Book 2 of the Shifting Sands Short Stories series. “Secrets” is a collection of 15 short stories; two of them are historical fiction. Many of the author’s stories are based on her journalistic experiences . Some of the real-life stories we could never publish because we had no corroboration from the witnesses. Today, the newscasts say whatever without any attribution. We have no way of verifying the truth behind the news. That wasn’t always the case. Plus, if you live in a small town, you have to live by hometown rules. We all know each other. We keep our houses and cars unlocked. We know who lives where, and who slept with whom. We know it, but we don’t write about it. These are all workable ideas for me: things unsaid, stories untold and people hurting. I like to combine fiction with realism. It’s called magic realism spiked with surrealism.