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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Author Interview – Tomica Scavina



What was the hardest part about writing this book? When I wrote two thirds of the novel and realized that I had to start leading the story towards an end, I faced some kind of an emotional wall. It always happens to me at this stage of writing. I feel disconnected from the inner world of my heroine and need some time to collect myself. I know her world will become alive again in the mind of a reader, but the process of creation will end, and when I see this from my heroine’s perspective, it’s like facing the end of the world. The borders will be set, the creative movement will stop. For me, this is disturbing.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was nine years old and I wanted to share a secret with my father. I wrote it on a piece of paper and gave it to him. He didn’t really get it, but the paper did. The paper had fully accepted what I wrote – without distortion, without judgement, without advice. I think this was the seed of my love towards writing, which later evolved into writing diaries, poetry and prose.

What would you like the readers to get from reading your book? I would like them to feel Dahlia’s kaleidoscope world and to think about these questions:

If there is a line between subjective and objective experience, between fantasy and reality, where is it? Are we, humans, multidimensional beings who mingle on many levels or are these levels just fantasy?

How much of the book is autobiographical? Everything is fiction, except some supernatural details. In my twenties, I was fascinated by altered states of consciousness such as lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences. I was doing some exercises from the books on these subjects and had some “success.” I walked through the walls like a ghost and flew through space, but I kept wondering if these experiences were real, or was it all just in my head.

After a while, I stopped doing this because I felt sleepy most of the day. Altogether, it was interesting, but at the same time very confusing, so I dislodged it from my everyday life and placed it into my writing.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? It’s more the feeling I would like to have, then thoughts. The pleasant feeling of being beyond words.

Do you use a lot of metaphors in your writing? Oh, yes. I use them a lot and, for me, these are the most surprising moments in my writing. When I write a metaphor, I have a feeling that that’s the “right stuff,” even though the metaphor by its definition is always something else. Weird, huh?

What is your favorite quote lately? “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence” by Charles Bukowski. Unfortunately, this is so true.

There is another one by Franz Kafka:A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” This one is beautiful. And true.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Supernatural psychological thriller. I know, I know… it’s not a “real” genre. But, that’s how I would call it.

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Genre – Psychological Thriller

Rating – PG

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Website http://www.tomicascavina.com/


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