Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Tour - Aliefka Bijlsma

Today I am pleased to host
Aliefka Bijlsma 
Author of The Consul General's Wife


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
John Coetzee, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Susan Sontag, Obama, Janis Joplin
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My son (albeit I’d not want him there if I thought it was dangerous J), my two sisters. The three of those people combined would mean: adventure, medical care, practical insight.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Pepi van Dongen (we used to say that combining your first pet’s name with your mother’s last, would make an excellent porn-star name, so why not superhero…).
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because you don’t want to make the same mistakes in life my characters did.
Any other books in the works?
Goals for future projects? I have an idea for a new novel which is set in Ghana (Kumasi). It could well be my first historical novel, although I’d like to write it as if we’re on (or under) the skin of the protagonist: the wife of a British governor. Steamy and from the senses.
Future projects: I’m hoping the two screenplays I’ve been working on will enter a next stage, and I’ve currently been commissioned to write a Kid’s TV Series.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always wrote as a child and teenager, but never considered it as a profession. I became a lawyer but woke up one day not being able to speak. The struggle to speak lasted almost two years until I found a proper balance in treatments (I have a neurological disorder which I won’t bore you with). Writing was my outlet. Slowly but surely, I allowed myself to see writing as not just a hobby, but a craft.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When readers find me through the Internet and say my novel touched them in some way.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? Various things at various stages. Dancer, actress, lawyer, doctor.
How did you know you should become an author?
A piece I had written was turned into a play, and my words had an affect on the audience, to such an extent that one woman cried and thank me. She came from the Caribbean. The theme of my piece had been that we all have our struggles, despite our skin colour or ancestry. A white women can have an equally hard time finding a place in this western society.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I am in all of them.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
If we were to undo the wrongdoings in history, starting with a president who ships all ancestors of slaves back to Africa…. What would happen to the world?
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Know your strengths and don’t waste time trying to turn your weaknesses into strengths. My ex-husband told me this. It sounds so simple but it’s incredibly hard for me.
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Genre – Contemporary Fiction
Rating – R
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