Forfatter-interview #70 Tamara Bach

Tamara Bach
1.     Mention three fun facts that your fans maybe don’t know about you
–        I have no clue how to hoola hoop.
–        I know several ways of whistling

–        I knit. A lot. A LOT.


2.     When did you know that you wanted to become an author?

I never wanted to become an author, that just happened. And here I am.


3.     How long have you been writing? And what started it?
I really don’t know. There is no specific first story or poem I wrote because of some event.

Children make up stories, to play, to tell each other. All children do, I think. It just stuck with me.


4.     Who discovered you? (Did you contact publishing houses? How was the process?)

I have this talent of always meeting the right people at the right time. I wrote my first book out of boredom when I was abroad in England, and when I came back, I asked some of my friends to read it and give me some feedback. One of my friends –  who is also a writer – passed it on to someone else and that person passed it on and so I found a literary agent.


5.     How many books have you published (so far)? And which genre?

I think my latest book “vierzehn” was the sixth book. They’re all Young Adult Fiction


6.     Why this story? What made you choose this specific theme?
Beats me. The story chose me, I just wrote it down.

What inspires you to write? Which authors have inspired you? (Music, art, things in life?)

The tiniest event that nobody else would recognize can be that spark. I like how it is depicted in “Stranger than fiction” where a writer is stuck in a story and all it takes is some apples toppling to the floor to get THE IDEA. So it can be anything, a song, a postcard, a line in a poem, a joke, people I see in the street.


8.     What is the message of your book? How should the reader interpret it?

They shouldn’t. I don’t have a message, I am not a messenger, I am a writer. And most of my colleagues agree with me. We’re just here to tell our stories, not to write pamphlets. I leave that whole message-topic to the teachers.


9.     How do you identify with the character(s) in your book?

I don’t’. I am not my protagonists, but I listen to them, as they tell me their story. My books are not autobiograhic. But I like my characters a lot. All of them.


10.  What are you currently reading?
“Skinny legs and all” by Tom Robbins
11.  Mention 3 book titles that you wish to recommend
                 Guus Kuijer –  “het boek van alle dinge”
                 Chimo – “Lila dit ça”

                 Neil Gaiman – “American Gods”


12.  When is your next book going to be published?
Next spring!

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