Interview 13

1 April 2013

 

Why did you name the book Russian Dolls?
It came up pretty naturally, as I was figuring out the plot. I knew the Russian Mafia would be involved, and that it would broach on the subject of prostitution and forced marriage… and from there the idiom ‘Russian Dolls’ stuck.

Was there a certain character in the book that reminded you of yourself?
I guess a part of myself inevitably ends up in everything I write. That being said, none of the characters were modelled after me per se. I suppose that Egan’s collectedness is an exaggeration of my own; Neve’s strong-mindedness too… it’s just little titbits dropped, unconsciously, here and there.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to write a book?
Go for it and don’t let anyone stop you! Write what you want, the way you want to. It’s a hard job, it will take you a lot of time and a lot of sweat and headaches, but you’ll get there eventually. It may take months to find an agent, you may never find one, either way… don’t ever give up. It’s your dream and the only one who can kill it is yourself, so… don’t!

Tell us something that the readers don’t know about you.
I’ve studied stage-acting for seven years, when I was younger.

 

Originally posted @ The Adventures Within