Emiliana Erriquez, author of Leave Me Alone.
If you were trapped on a desert island, and a magical talking stork could bring you one book (not yours) which would it be?
I think it would be A Man by Oriana Fallaci because I believe Fallaci tells us her love for the man she met in a wonderful way never forgetting to put it in the historical moment she had lived it. I have read all of her books, but yes A Man is my favourite one.
Which authors influenced/influence you most?
Well, first Oriana Fallaci, as I said before. She is one of my favourite writers and the one who inspired me most, together with Isabelle Allende. I would never tire of reading their books. But I have also read some great novelists such as Jane Austen, Virginia Wolf, Henry James, Salinger, Hemingway while I was at university so I think all this will have also influenced me somehow.
What made you go indie?
I tried traditional publishing in the past and found out it was hard for a new author to be noticed that way. The indie movement gave me the opportunity to reach people all over the world. I can share with them my ideas, my interests, my reviews, ask them for help and help them in return. I think it is wonderful. That’s my favourite part of indie publishing.
If you were offered a book-deal would you take it?
I really don’t know. I mean, I like being an indie very much. But it depends, maybe yes, maybe not.
Summarise your writing style in 100 words or less:
I have written one book, Leave Me Alone. It is originally in Italian (Lasciami stare) but I translated it into English too. Leave Me Alone tells two stories: one is about a young girl whose memories are awakened by a journey, she tells the reader what she has suffered from and the way she tries to save her life; the other is about a little child who experiences a horrible event, one which really happened, that is the terrorist attack in one of the schools in Beslan.
Now I’m writing another book and I hope it will be available soon. It’s quite different from Leave Me Alone. It’s a story about love, loss and regrets.
Why should someone pick-up your book(s)?
Because it tells how people face their problems and all the events can happen in their lives, how they try to grow and get over them. There’s a lot of the ‘stream of consciousness’ style in Leave Me Alone so I think if people like that kind of writing maybe it would be a good reading for them.
What formats is it/are they available in and where?
Thank you again Kelly!