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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Author Interview – Julia Tagliere

What inspired you to write your first book? I was a stay-at-home mom with three young kids; I started feeling bored, isolated, and very at odds with my reality. It’s not that the kids didn’t keep me physically busy; my mind was just so restless that I needed some sort of outlet for all that mental energy or I was going to lose it. My first book, a novella, was about a housewife who went on a murder spree, bumping off all her nasty Stepford Wife-neighbors. It was never published, partly because it was terrible, but mostly because I didn’t want to frighten my real-life neighbor friends—although in retrospect, I wonder if that might not have proved very entertaining.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? I was invited to join a remarkably talented and inspiring group of women writers two years ago; the support, feedback, and insights they’ve provided for me have made all the difference for me on this journey.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? Everything I’ve ever read! I’m an unabashed cherry-picker of other writers.

What made you want to be a writer? There are so many stories brewing in my head at any given time that it can be a real distraction; writing them down has the effect of clearing my head, at least temporarily.

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.

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Genre – Women’s Fiction

Rating – PG13

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