Featured Interview With Irene Wittig
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Rome, raised briefly in Vienna and Buenos Aires before arriving in New York, where I lived through college. After that I spent a year as a Fulbright student in Germany before moving to Washington DC, where I worked for the government for three years before leaving for a short stay in Italy which extended to five years. There I worked, married and had a daughter before we returned to the Washington area. Later we spent six years in Geneva, Switzerland. I studied art, had my own business hand painting ceramics, wrote a book on it, before writing this novel.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was always an avid reader but did not become a writer until my 40s.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I started by loving fairy tales, classic children’s novels such as Little Women, then Dickens and Dostoevski. I binged on the Forsyte Saga, reading all nine volumes in a month. I love all books that have richly developed characters or teach me something I did not know before.I’m always interested in World War II, have always liked books that take place in the UK. I’m open to most genres, but at this point in my life I want to read books that are interesting to think and talk about.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I have been working on a novel quite different, and smaller in scope, than All That Lingers. More a character study than a saga. I’ve also enjoyed trying my hand at short stories.
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