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December is for sparkling wine and toasting

Let's toast together!

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote in this blog that certain things you do only once in your life. There’s that first school day, and that first kiss – and then, for us writers, there’s that magical moment when you publish your first novel, and metamorphose from an aspiring novelist into a published one. That indeed was last November, when Witchcraft Couture, my debut novel, came out.

Maryam Mirzakhani, and the Art of Writing a Novel on Science

Absolute Truth, For Beginners tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with a world-famous mathematician.

At the end of the day, there seem to be two kinds of human beings: number people and word people. Number people are good at counting, measuring and abstractions, or at visualizing shapes, sizes and positions of figures, or properties of space. Word people are good at conveying events and stories in words, often by enriching and embellishing them, creating worlds that exist only in our imagination.

Where You Live… Is What You Write About?

Florence. Couldn’t have it in any other way.

Years ago I read an interview with a writer whose name I’ve forgotten – unfortunately so, because I liked his comments and would have loved to read some of his books. He came from one of the newly independent Eastern European states that popped up after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But thanks to his highly polemical and political novels, he lived in Germany and made a living by giving creative writing classes to budding German writers.


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