Featured Interview With Ewa Dodd
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am Polish by origin, but have lived in London all my life, moving around different parts of the city. I grew up in leafy Ealing, went to uni in central London, and now live in Highbury with my husband Giles.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved reading – I was a real book nerd as a child and spent many a half term in the kids’ corner of Waterstone’s making my way through the shelves. (My dad was a bookseller and I was allowed two new books a week, provided I was on my best behaviour.) I always secretly dreamt of writing my own book, and as I grew older I became fascinated by modern Polish history, so I decided that’s what I wanted to focus on in my writing. ‘The Walls Came Down’ is my first published book, which I started writing when I was around 26.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I was inspired to write by all of the great authors I’ve read over the years. My favourite writers are those who use a historical setting and have a person story at the centre, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Khaled Hosseini.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
‘The Walls Came Down’ is the story of a young boy who goes missing during a workers’ strike in 1980s Communist Poland, unravelling a chain of events which will touch people across decades and continents. Joanna, a young journalist in Warsaw, is still looking for her brother, who’s been missing for over twenty years. Matty, a high-flying London city financier is struggling with relationship problems and unexplained panic attacks. And in Chicago, an old man is slowly dying in a nursing home, losing his battle with liver cancer. I wanted to get readers interested in how the three stories are connected and how the pieces of the puzzle all fit together.
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