Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sophie Masson Interview

 1.How much of the book is realistic? Well, as far as Venice is real--and I've


visited it--the setting

is realistic. Emilia Lanier who appears at the beginning is also a real person,

as is the Doge of

Venice. Otherwise, the other characters and of course the events are fiction!

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> 2.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No.

But inspired by

Shakespeare's plays 'The Merchant of Venice' and 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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> 3.What books have most influenced your life most? I've read so many books it's

hard to say! But

basically as a reader I was very influenced by Shakespeare--by Agatha

Christie--by Alexandre

Dumas--by AA Milne--by Anya Seton--by Charlotte Bronte--by Mary Stewart--by John

Donne--by

Enid Blyton--really, all kinds of influences! I devoured everything as a child

and still read hugely

now.

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> 4.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? If you could

choose anyone

at all, I'd choose to 'shadow' Shakespeare back in his own time--how wonderful

would it be to time-

travel!

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> 5.What book are you reading now? Right now I'm reading 'King Solomon's ines'

by Barbara Vine-

-a very creepy suspense novel.

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> 6.Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Well, I enjoyed

reading Anna

Godbersen's series of 'Luxe' books not long ago!

> 7.What are your current projects?

I'm working on three different projects at once! A novel set in World War One

about a girl whose

soldier father goes missing; a novel about the adolescence of Australia's most

famous 'bushranger'

or armed robber, Ned Kelly; and a thriller set in Russia.

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> 8.Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My

English teacher in

high school, Mrs Leaf, was absolutely encouraging and very inspiring. Though I

was already a

great reader, she opened me to a world of wonderful literature I might not have

come across

otherwise, and I am very grateful to her. I contacted her much later when I was

a published

author and invited her to the launch of one of my books--she was thrilled!

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> 9.Do you see writing as a career? Absolutely! It is a wonderful career and one

I wouldn't change

for the world!

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> 10.If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your

> latest book? Not really. I'm pretty happy with it as it is!
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