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Author Interview – Filipa Fonseca Silva

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Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? My family, of course. But you can read about it in the acknowledgements page of my books.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Selling enough books to quit my job and write fulltime, being invited by magazines to write a column now and then and seeing one of my books turning into a movie.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? My new book, The Strange Year of Vanessa M., is about a woman who starts questioning every choice in her life and decides to let everything go in search for happiness. I wrote it because everyday I meet people who are unhappy but afraid to change things in their lives. They are so influenced by society’s expectations that they stop living their dreams. And that’s sad, because we only live once.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Bono Vox. I admire his music talent and specially his live work trying to make the world a better place.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Watching TV specially shows like Modern Family, Greys Anatomy, Californication, American Idol. Or just a good movie.

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? My fans, which are always asking when does the next book come out. And also my imagination, that can’t be silenced.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I hope my books make people feel that it was time well spent. I would also like them to take away the subliminal messages: don’t give up your dreams and don’t let society tell you what to do with your life.

What color represents your personality the most? Pink

What movie do you love to watch? Any Tim Burton movie

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? I have mix feelings. Sometimes I hate them because I see lots of people addicted to them – they socialize through these social networks instead of going out and talk to people face to face. But I love Facebook to reach an audience.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do? I would be an actor.

What makes you angry? Injustice and people who think they are better then everyone else.

Vanessa M

When Vanessa got into her car that winter’s afternoon, she had no idea she was setting off on a journey with no return. An inner journey that would call into question a whole life spent living up to other people’s expectations.

With tragic and comic episodes that bring together a domineering mother, a hippie aunt, a boring marriage, an insufferable boss and a friend who never knows when to shut up, “The Strange year of Vanessa M.” shares Vanessa’s voyage of self-discovery with us. And it makes us marvel at the power we have to question things, because there’s no end to the pursuit of happiness.

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Genre - Contemporary Fiction  

Rating – PG13

More details about the author

Connect with Filipa Fonseca Silva on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://pipaswonderland.blogspot.com

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