Hello, book nerds! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! 😀
Today I’m bringing you the very first of the five interviews I have to share with you. If you haven’t heard of these before, I suggest you check out this post, where I talked about a bookish event I attended. I had the opportunity of interviewing the five authors, and they’re all wonderful girls who have something to share with the world, – something I want to help them with! Here, you can expect to learn more about their books, their writing stories and how literature is seen in my country, Portugal. ^^
The first author you’re meeting is … Ana Cláudia Dâmaso, the author of both “Koldbrann – Parte 1 – Rebeldes” and its sequel “Koldbrann – Parte 2 – Desleais”.
[The Book Mermaid] How did you know you wanted to write and from where did you get the inspiration for your book?
[Ana] I’ve known I wanted to write ever since forever and that was my childhood dream, hmm … My inspiration for my book came from a casual conversation I had with my sister and she had had a debate at school that day about drugs and its consequences. I just took that information and thought what a world where drugs were generalized would look like, and then I turned it into the question ‘what if this was a book?’. And I ended up writing it.
When you finally decided you wanted to be a published author, what kind of advice was given to you?
Basically, no one ever gave me any advice, I didn’t know I’d actually make it happen-
– hey,have you… -shhhh -ooh, are you doing an interview?
that moment when you get interrupted by Vasco from @creepysantos 😂
Okay, I’m going to start over. No one ever gave me any advice because I didn’t know I’d finish the book until I actually did, and then I told people about it, ‘I finished the book’, and as my dream was always to publish it, I started sending emails.
And it was about luck as well, then. So, what advice would you give to young authors wanting to become published?
The only advice I have is to not give up on your dream; if you want to write a book and that is essential to you, then write the book, don’t give up on your first ‘no’, try to find the publishing house that you can most identify with and try to follow that path.
Since we’re talking about paths, would you mind talking about your own?
In the beginning, I thought this process would be longer and it would take me a few months or even a year to find a publishing house to publish my book. I got some negative answers, as I expected; I got some four/five positive and then I gave myself some time to think what publishing house really caught my attention. I ended up choosing Chiado Editora and my first novel was published last year, in July. Since then, I’ve been to the Lisbon and the Porto book fairs of this year, I’ve talked in two national radio stations, I’ve presented my first book in schools, and I’ve been trying to get ‘Koldbrann – Part 3’ published in next year’s Lisbon book fair to get more attention to it …
[Patrícia Ferreira] Can I just add something? She is releasing a book per year, that’s her goal …
Yes, my goal is to release a book per year. I believe people could eventually read it because they’ve heard the title before. More things I did: I’ve given some copies of my books, I’ve given some to the Porto Municipal Library, others to the Salvaterra de Magos Library, because that’s where I live, a few more to the Lisbon Library and also the Faculty of Arts of the Lisbon University, where I studied, and that also always send me emails with events and book fairs so that I can be part of the panel.
So it’s thanks to these advertisements that you get your book out there?
And also thanks to your readers. What does it feel like when someone says they’ve read your book?
It’s always good to hear that people have read my book, just the fact that the synopsis interested them really, because I know my book isn’t available in a lot of places yet, and the fact that they found it is very good. And when they read it, I feel curious about their opinions, whether they are positive or negative; I like to know their critics, their constructive criticism, and it’s always gratifying, because a book is a part of us and we’re giving this part of us to the world and it’s good to hear what people have to say.
It’s always good, whether is it positive or negative, but how do you react when it is, in fact, a negative feedback?
We have to see negative and constructive criticism (because there’s a difference) as positive; if it’s constructive criticism, we have to see it like things we need to get better at, things we could have done differently – if a lot of people say the same, then something must be wrong, and we should try to make better next time. When it’s about negative comments, even though they’re negative, people were interested in reading the book, and just because of that, I feel that some of my work was well done. There are a lot of books we could consider as bad books, that’s a personal opinion, and probably that person was interested in the book and then, because of a personal opinion, thought it was a bad one. That doesn’t mean it is going to influence future readers.
Yes. Would you also consider yourself your biggest critic?
Yes! I think it’s good to be self-critic, it doesn’t mean we should be auto-destructive, it’s always good to check if our story is interesting enough, if it’s going too fast or too slow, and we should try to achieve … well, we can’t be perfect … but we should try to find the perfection inside the piece we’re creating, and that’s the good part about being auto-critic: we’re trying to get it better, because I think everyone, when publishing something, wants it to be the best version possible.
Very well. Finally, – as an author, what goals have you achieved, which ones are still incomplete and would make a living out of writing be one of them?
Yes, that’s exactly my dream – to live out of writing. I think nothing’s impossible if we work for it. Obviously, there’s a lot of work to do, that being voluntary work, personal work, social work – it has to do with all that.But it’s not wrong to look up to the biggest names in literature to achieve our dreams, because we’re not pioneers in what we’re doing- if others have done it, so can we.
I’ve been, as I mentioned, to book fairs and radio stations. Right now, what I would like to do was to talk on TV.I’ve sent copies of my book to celebrities so that they could read it and maybe share it if they liked it. I’ve been trying to get to festivals of other kinds of arts, because we support each other. And in the future, in a dream still very far away, I’d like to have a movie based on my stories. I think that’s something most authors dream about nowadays, since Divergent and The Hunger Games got them too.
Yeah, but that’s how you all said in the presentation: we start with dreaming and should never give up 😉
translated from the back cover
In an apocalyptic world, healthy population lives in bunker-cities, called forts, that protect them from the dangers of the outside world, where it is better to die, than to stop having your blood red. The limitation of one’s freedom raises very strict social structures that every are obliged to follow.
This is the story of Diana Salvatore, a young woman who rebels against the destiny that was imposed on her.
What did you think of this first interview? I’m very excited to keep these coming! Unfortunately, the books by these authors aren’t available in any language other than Portuguese, but that’s exactly why I want to share this with you 🙂