Who or what influenced your writing over the years? My own sense of “harmony of the words” – which, frankly, was quite poor in the beginning. My early writing was full of weak phrases and clichés. Then, gradually, my “inner literary ear” became increasingly well-trained.
What made you want to be a writer? The books I have been reading since childhood.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? In my opinion, the most difficult part of writing any novel is maintaining the required level of energy and concentration for the several years it takes to complete it.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Of course, you learn while you write – systemizing all the thoughts you had before, going deeper into understanding the true nature of your ideas, your protagonists, their motivations, etc.
Maybe, sometimes, writing a book gives you a more authentic real life experience than real life itself.
Do you intend to make writing a career? As it’s written on one of my website pages, “writing for me is not a career, not a means to celebrity. It’s truly the essence of my being, the core of my existence.” And that’s true.
At the same time, I’m a full-time writer – I’m not seriously involved in anything else. I don’t know if this makes my writing a “career” or not.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? I’m able to concentrate on one idea for a long time, and I’m always willing to endlessly edit my texts. I consider a literary text to be finished only when it resists any further improvement. Yet I know that perfection is unachievable.
Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – NC17
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