Welcome Olga Soaje
by Olga G Soaje
Welcome to my blog Olga, and thank you for visiting today!
Tell us a little about yourself
Thank you so much for having me.
Since I can remember I loved to read, always having a book in the car or in my bag just in case I got the opportunity for a few more lines. What I didn’t see so clearly was this love for “writing”. I sensibly studied Business and Finance working with determination in my career, until I discovered another type of challenging career called “motherhood”. It was in this new job providing a source of love, education and many, many other hats you have to figure out along the way that I allowed myself the opportunity to write and in doing so discovered one on my greatest unexpected joys.
Are you inspired most by places, people or experiences and how do these work their way into your writing?
People definitely, they are the ones that make the experiences and give meaning to things. I find it fascinating to imagine people in the same setting reacting so differently to circumstances because of who they are. I like to create characters that are flawed but relatable.
Please share one of your favourite moments of inspiration with us. How did you come up with the idea for ….Borrowing My Mother’s Saints
I was at a diner and suddenly got a glimpse into one of the scenes in the book I began writing it in a napkin, not thinking exactly what to do with it. A friend of mine encouraged me to write it, that same morning I started and words seemed to flow from an unknown place, before I knew it I had ten pages and a feeling that I wanted to do that the following day…
How did you come up with your character’s names?
Actually my husband came up with the name Julianna, when I described her to him he told me she looked like a news anchor named Julianna. Sister Gertrude came before in one of the first of many talks I had with my friend Adriana, later when I researched it and found out she was considered one of the first mystical nuns, I just thought the name was perfect.
Who would you cast for a movie/TV series as your main characters if given the chance?
I always thought of Amy Adams as Julianna and the funny thing is many people without knowing this keep telling me they imagine the movie with her.
If you could pick a soundtrack to match your main character’s life, what would it be?
I’m not sure if it will match Julianna’s life but I listened to Adele a lot while writing this story.
What is your favourite Holiday? Christmas by far.
Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?
Yes, I do read them and when I get an opportunity I thank the persons for taking the time to do the review. Regarding the not-so-nice ones I suck it up, basically. I understand everybody is entitled to their opinion and try to respect that.
I think I was at 60 rejections when I left the story in my hard drive; only to think about self-publishing months later.
If you most could meet anyone and spend an hour with them, alive or dead who and why?
I would love to have tea with Einstein, he was a brilliant mind who understood science and soul. If he was busy I would like to have a glass of wine with Coco Chanel, I admire the way she established her style and made her empire on hard work and passion.
What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?
Great Expectations. http://amzn.com/B009GSMDA2
What do you need to set the mood for you to write?
The most important thing is music but if I get coffee and have a chance to light a scented candle…heaven.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why?
I would like to see Amelia the character I’m currently writing; she is such a vibrant, and complex character.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the story of a woman who loses the love of her life at sixty and considers her life meaningless without him, only to find many unexpected surprises and events along the way.
Would you like to share an excerpt from your writing?
“Borrowing my Mother’s Saints”
Julie, I hope you always find reasons to dance in your life, and when they don’t seem like that, look deep, because in your soul God put this drop of joy, a drop of love, a drop of surrender. This is so you would never be on empty, so take that drop and make the most of it.
…. From the work in progress.
You promised that you would never, leave me. Thirty five years ago I looked you directly in the eye and heard “I will never leave you”. And now like a thief in the night you go. No last words, no promises, no tears…
Published on Friday, April 19th, 2013, under Latest News