Sunday, June 12, 2011

Writer's Interview - Bianca Turetsky (YA Author)

 I am so happy to introduce Bianca Turetsky through my blog. I won her book 'The Time Travelling Fashionista' from my fellow blogger and I have enjoyed it to the core. This is the very first book I read from YA fiction genre.I sam so happy that she found time to give me this interview,despite her busy schedule.

Bianca Turetsky is a YA Author and ' The Time Travelling Fashionista' is her debut novel.

(I am an author, explorer, dreamer, and vintage fashion-obsessive.

I grew up in suburban Fairfield CT, in a similar town to where I placed Louise before her adventure- an only child (which according to my friends explains a lot) with wonderful parents and a gray cat named Bernard. So that meant spending a lot of time reading, swimming, making up stories, playing dress up, trying to teach Bernard how to talk (he never quite caught on...) and inadvertently preparing myself for the solitary life of a writer. But all in all, it was an idyllic childhood-- although at the time I was convinced that I was adopted and my real parents lived a fabulously wealthy and exciting life elsewhere. Was I the only one growing up with this Annie fantasy? )

 Here is Bianca Turetsky exclusively for you.

Could you tell a few words about yourself?
I am a writer, traveler, explorer, and vintage clothing enthusiast living in Brooklyn NY with my filmmaker boyfriend and precocious cat Cleo.

When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. My first published piece was a poem I wrote when I was 7 years old. I’ve since realized that my talent is definitely not in poetry, but it still has a sentimental place in my heart.

Could you tell a few words about 'The Time-Traveling Fashionista '?
The Time-Traveling Fashionista answers the question: What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time?
12 year old Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure.
Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence. . . .

Could you tell us about the illustrations of beautiful gowns in your book?
Aren’t they amazing? They were drawn by a fashion illustrator from Barcelona named Sandra Suy who none of us have actually ever met. Everything was done over email, she sent us illustrations and we corresponded like that. She totally got the tone and feeling of the book. She’s so mysterious, I feel like she’s a time-traveling fashionista herself!

Why did you choose YA over other genres to write?
Actually I never thought I’d be a YA author. I always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until I had the idea for this story that I even thought about writing for young adults. The story dictated the voice, and I discovered that I LOVE writing for this audience, and it was more natural and easy and honest than anything else I’d written before.

Are you a full time writer?
No, I also work in his studio of the artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel, organizing art exhibitions and assisting him on his films.

Which genre you prefer to read, apart from YA?
I’m currently on a memoir kick. I love reading about how fascinating and adventurous other people’s lives are.

Apart from reading and writing, what are your other interests?
Swimming, traveling, going to the cinema, and of course, shopping for vintage clothes!

What are your tips for writing?
For me writing is 75% discipline, 25% inspiration. Showing up every day in front of your computer and getting words on the page is to me the most important part. If I waited for the muse to show up, I’d never finish a book!

Any other works in progress?
I am just finishing up book # 2 , The Time-Traveling Fashionista and The Palace of Mirrors, where Louise has a vintage inspired adventure during the French Revolution. It will be out next spring, stay tuned!

Does your book cater to the west as well as the east?
I hope so. I think there are some universal themes in the book that everyone will be able to relate to. One thing we all have in common is that we’ve all been a child once.

Could you please suggest YA books to read for those who are not acquainted with this genre?
I just finished The Hunger Games which I've recommended to a few adult friends and they've all loved it as well. And the classic YA books I grew up with by Judy Blume or Ann M. Martin are always a fun read and a good place to start!
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