Sophie Loubière is a French journalist and writer who already published more than ten novels.
She is urrently working on a new one, Bloody Coffee and this one will be set in Chicago! Before listening to her next week, come read about her in our exclusive interview;
What got you interested in writing?
The unlimited power of the words, the infinite possibilities to tell a story, the unique parfume of liberty I can smell while I’m writing…
How do you choose what genre to write?
I don’t choose. The novel tells it on its own.
Where do you find inspiration?
In newspapers and in my own life, drawing my inspiration from what affects me intimately. A great source of ideas also comes from travels I’ve done, like the route 66 in 2011, and my visit to Chautauqua Institution, NY, in 2014. Nature and vestiges of the past moved me deeply.
How do you go about starting a novel?
I often start a novel from two new items I imbricate to make a story. Nothing is stronger than true stories.
What is the most difficult part about writing?
To stay concentrated on your work even if the world is collapsing around you – or the cat is jumping on the computer keyboard, erasing your chapter.
What is your favorite part about writing?
When a character escapes from me and starts to do things he’s not supposed to do, and when I’m done with my first chapter that I had rewritten about 100 times in two years.
What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a novel?
With tears in my eyes, exhausted, I climb down the stairs, go to the living room to inform my husband and children about the good news. And they all ask what’s for dinner.
What is your favorite book to read?
(That’s a hard one!) The one I haven’t written yet.
Want to hear more from Sophie? Come to our free Avec L’Auteur event on Monday, February 6… in French!