Author Interview with Olga Soaje
I’m interviewing Olga Soaje, author of contemporary fiction novel “Twelve Houses” on my blog today. Thanks for answering my questions, Olga, and welcome to my blog.
1) When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I always loved reading since I can remember, but it was until 2011 that I discovered my love for writing.
2) Where did you get the inspiration for Twelve Houses?
Seeing the father of a friend of mine become depressed even after years of being a widow got me thinking on this subject.
3) What is you editing process like?
It goes something like this: I revise what I wrote on the previous day and write some more. Finally when the manuscript is finished I do two rounds of editing from grammar to comprehension on it.
4) What was the most challenging part about writing your book?
Trying to get the mother-daughter relationship imperfectly right.
5) Are you working on something right now? If so, can you tell us more about it?
It’s just an idea currently in the context of friendship between college women.
I thank you for your time and space on your Blog. Blessings and Happy Holidays.
About Twelve Houses
Author: Olga Soaje
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
What will she do now? Amelia Weiss wakes up alone, with the body of her husband cold beside her, dead. She cannot believe he has left her when he swore he never would. It is almost as if she is nothing without him.
But this novel is not about a man’s death. It is about a woman coming back to life. Slowly, painfully, a sensitive artist and mother makes new connections, finds new occupations, and rediscovers her place in the world.
Raised to believe a widow’s role is to take care of grandchildren and make grief her companion, Amelia takes a different path. She embarks on the most challenging year of her life.
She struggles to repair her broken relationship with her daughter and develops a second career in midlife. If she can find a way to allow herself to act in the face of her guilt and her daughter’s disapproval, she may even find love again.
This heartfelt novel is the story of a courageous woman’s spiritual rebirth. As Amelia begins to rediscover herself, readers will share in her refusal to give in to loss or to accept anything less than a rich and meaningful life.
In my novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose. Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother’s Saints, was a comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey. I always consider the spiritual aspects of a character’s story as I write.
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