Sunday, March 24, 2013

Author Interview – Julia Tagliere

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What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Finding the time to write and being disciplined enough to use that time effectively is my biggest challenge. It’s just so easy to make excuses. But of course, if you do that often enough, you never get anywhere.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? When I started writing Widow Woman, it was a much different book than it is today. I thought I wanted to say one thing with it at first, but with every subsequent revision or rewrite, I realized that there were different, much deeper, messages underneath that needed to come out. It’s odd to say that those messages took me by surprise at times, but they did. From that I learned that I can’t force the story—it will become what it is meant to be, if I trust it.

Do you intend to make writing a career? Come hell or high water.

Have you developed a specific writing style? I’ve been told that my writing has a very poetic quality to it, but that’s not something I strive to achieve; I just try to write in such a way that readers can see what I see, feel what I feel. Any poetic effect is incidental to that.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? Tenacity.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I hope not to offend anyone out there, but I don’t believe in writer’s block. Have I been stuck? Yes, I think every writer gets stuck from time to time. For me, that’s a sign that I’m not done with my soft writing, so I walk away from it. I’ll think about the problem section, but I don’t sit in front of a blank screen and stew. I get on with my life, because it’s living, being in the world, that gives me the clues and inspiration I need to get unstuck. I read, I go to movies, talk with my husband and kids, have dinner with friends, run things past my writer’s group to see if maybe they can unlock something for me—but mostly, I ignore the book until something pops in my head and I’m ready to get back to work with it. Sometimes that process takes a long time—in one case, several months—but it’s never lasted longer for me than that. I think those long breaks from the actual writing are all part of a natural process, a natural rhythm. In any case, those breaks are inevitable; we all experience them.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My current novel is Widow Woman, the story of a young woman who faces some shocking revelations about her mother in the wake of her mother’s death, revelations that cause her to question everything she thought she knew about who her mother was, about relationships—about the very nature of love itself.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted readers to come at this love story with a preconceived notion that would ultimately be destroyed by the events depicted in the book—perhaps a bit sadistic of me, but ultimately, necessary.

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Genre – Women’s Fiction

Rating – PG13

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