This is a record of the interview that I might never have. It is modelled on the ones that I've seen with famous authors such as Bryce Courtney and Anna Funder.
Interviewer: Did you have any idea that your first novel might be published so successfully?
Vashti: When I first started to write as I described on my blog I didn't know if I would be able to produce so many words. But as I proceeded the story was repleased from my mind. I cannot describe this process, it is one of thos miracle that just happens. However I drew on all my experiences - emotional, academic, school, family spiritual, inter-relational and so on. It was like the cream of all of these had risen to the top of my consciousness and it was being strained and smoothed like melted butter onto toast.
Interviewer: When do you do your best work?
Vashti: Some artists describe being 'in the zone'. It happens to me when it is quiet and there is no one else around and the mid winter sun is tracking across my desk or I am sitting beside the heater's flue on a cold night. That's when I become one with the characters and whatever is happening to them and my best writing is produced. At other times I am contriving the text in order to get through a phase in the story, that is when the writing does not flow as well, it is not as relaxed. But then life is like that, sometimes it unfolds easily and other times it needs to be pushed or pulled.
Athletes talk about being alone on the race track in a foot race, unaware of and deaf to the crowd watching them. They have a sense of nothing else and total focus on their goal, which is the result they have trained for over along period.
I have practised for this novel all my life. Now I know that this is what I have been working so hard for. A recent TV program explained how athletes have to practise discipline, commitment, focus, self-sacrifice, energy and belief in their ability to achieve their goals. As a writer I have to accomplish all of these. The road seems long and the competition strong, but I beleive that one day my work will be published. (At the present it is a joint work)
More on this interview in the next post.