Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sophie Masson Interview
visited it--the setting
is realistic. Emilia Lanier who appears at the beginning is also a real person,
Venice. Otherwise, the other characters and of course the events are fiction!
> 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.'
> 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
Dumas--by AA Milne--by Anya Seton--by Charlotte Bronte--by Mary Stewart--by John
Enid Blyton--really, all kinds of influences! I devoured everything as a child
and still read hugely
at all, I'd choose to 'shadow' Shakespeare back in his own time--how wonderful
would it be to time-
> 5.What book are you reading now? Right now I'm reading 'King Solomon's ines'
by Barbara Vine-
-a very creepy suspense novel.
> 6.Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Well, I enjoyed
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
or armed robber, Ned Kelly; and a thriller set in Russia.
> 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
otherwise, and I am very grateful to her. I contacted her much later when I was
author and invited her to the launch of one of my books--she was thrilled!
> 9.Do you see writing as a career? Absolutely! It is a wonderful career and one
I wouldn't change
for the world!
> latest book? Not really. I'm pretty happy with it as it is!