Former forensic photographer confronts Navajo taboos about death in debut novel
There’s an old adage for writers: write what you know. For her debut novel, author Ramona Emerson drew on an earlier career as a forensic videographer and photographer.
In “Shutter,” the main character, Rita, has that same job with one significant difference: she sees the ghosts of crime victims.
Emerson lives in Albuquerque and is also Diné. Her culture, and that of her main character, also play a major role in the book.
Emerson spoke with The Show about how much Rita is based on her earlier career and more.