Forfatter-interview #105 Clélie Avit

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1. Mention three fun facts that your fans maybe don’t know about you
I don’t like chocolate.
When I have a problem about the story I write, house cleaning helps me find the solution…
2. When did you know that you wanted to become an author?
It was in 2012, November. When I put down the 1st word of my 1st book !
3. How long have you been writing? And what started it?
I began writing in 2012, November. One night, I had a dream with characters, plot, decorum, etc. I found it would be great in a book. So four days later, I began, juste like this ! Just to know, the scene I had in my dream is now in the second volume of my young adult fantasy saga.
4. Who discovered you? (Did you contact publishing houses? How was the process?)
At the beginning, I tried publishing houses with the first volume of my fantasy saga, but it was slow, so I decided to attend a litterary contest. The winner was to be published in a big publishing house. For the contest, I wrote “I’m Still Here”, according to the theme, and other things imposed. I won the contest and then began my real life as an author. But it went farther : before even being published in France, seventeen other countries bought the credits for translating. It was just like magic !
5. How many books have you published (so far)? And which genre?
I’ve published five books so far. “I’m still here” was the first. Then I published my young adult fantasy saga, four volumes of adventure, mystery, love and friendship. In french, the title is “Les Messagers des Vents”. Now, I’m back on contemporary story. Perhaps soon to be published 😉
6. Why this story? What made you choose this specific theme?

There was a theme, for the contest, a quote of a great French author : “Everyone thought it was impossible. A fool came without knowing it, and did it.” I absolutely wanted to write about love. Love is always impossible at the beggining and we are all fools when love is concerned. As for coma, when I wrote the three first sentences “I’m cold, I’m hungry, I’m afraid.” I found it was cheap, and very ordinary. ANd there was only one situation where these words would be much more : for a person who didn’t know the reality of it. Coma imposed itself, after this, and so began Elsa and Thibault’s story

7. What inspires you to write? Which authors have inspired you? (Music, art, things in life?)
Everything in life is inspiring. Nature, feelings, humans, every experience we live. I use my personnal feelings, those of others. Being open and curious is very important for my writing.
The authors inspiring me are essentially litterrary authors : Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind. I don’t listen to music when I write, it’s too disturbing…
8. What is the message of your book? How should the reader interpret it?

The message is about people and how they think they detain the truth. When you are in front of a situation, sometimes, it can be another one you even don’t know about who has the key. You have to be perceptive of everyone evolving around you. There could be someone important, who could help you, save you, love you…

9. How do you identify with the character(s) in your book?
With Elsa, it’s very simple : I absolutly love mountains and every sports related to it ! Hiking, alpinism, landscapes, nature.
For Thibault, it’s rather about feelings. He’s a character who doesn’t retain hos feelings. He lives them every second. I’m like this. I don’t say it’s a quality !
10. What are you currently reading?

N.O.T.H.I.N.G. I can’t read when I’m writing… It’s not uplifting, but I really find myself unable to read anything when I’m in the process of writing a book… And I’m writing now, so, it’s just work and work and work.

11. Mention 3 book titles that you wish to recommend.
Who couldn’t recommend Harry Potter… I’ve a preference for the fifth tome “The order of the phoenix”.
I also love a story of Ally Condie “Promised”.
Then, I loved every saga of Robin Hobb, above all her last saga about dragons.
12. When is your next book going to be published?

I hope for november or december ! Keep in touch 😉

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