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Author of the Week | Claudia Piñeiro

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Woman, writer, mother, honest, curmudgeon.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My top three careers were: Sociologist, Ecologist, Mathematician. In other words, everything!

What books have had a lasting impact on you?
David Grossman’s To The End Of The Land.

Why do you write?
Because writing is part of who I am. It’s existential. I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t write.

Your advice to new writers just starting out?
Keep reading a lot, always.

As an author, what are you most proud (or embarrassed) of writing?
I’m proud of being able to reach the minds and sensibilities of others, through words. I’m embarrassed when something I say in an interview gets taken too seriously.

What is your biggest failure?
Not being able to learn to play the piano, despite various attempts. I think I’ll try the Peruvian cajón next.

Your views on success?
I take it as something relative. Success from whose point of view? What’s successful for one person may not be for someone else.

What are you working on at the moment?
A new novel, with lots of characters, all connected to politics and power, doing things that test them in unsuspected ways.

Your views on book publishing?
In Argentina there is a great variety of titles thanks to the emergence of many small publishing houses which are independent from the conglomerates. That’s a good thing.

Your views on how new technology and social media have (or have not) changed your writing life?
It has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is the easy access to information, it’s no longer necessary to run around different libraries for one piece of information. The disadvantage is that it distracts me and makes me waste time. It’s fun though!

Do you enjoy reading ebooks?
No, I prefer to read on paper. I use technology a lot but I don’t like reading on the computer or on e-readers.

If you could go anywhere in time for one day, where would you go and why?
To the end of the world, to see what happens.

Who are the five people, living or dead, you’d invite to a party?
My partner so I’d have someone to dance with, Julio Cortázar because he’d bring good jazz, Nina Simone to sing to us, David Lodge because his novels have been important to me and I’d like to talk to him about that, Rosa Montero, because she is a great friend and very funny, someone it’s great to share good times with.

Which characters in history do you like the most?
The ones who dedicated their lives to the research of art, like Marie Curie or Marguerite Duras.

Which characters in history do you dislike the most?
The murderers, the perpetrators of genocide, the ones who didn’t respect women and children.

Your idea of happiness?
Those little moments that can go unnoticed if we’re not paying attention.

Your greatest unhappiness?
The death of my parents.

Your bedside reading?
On my bedside table at the moment are Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and David Grossman’s A Horse Walks Into A Bar [November 2016 UK publication].

Your greatest achievement?
My three children.

Your favourite motto?
What Blanche Dubois says in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”.

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georgia DC

Bilingual editor, rewriter, French-to-English translator. Has written for 3am magazine, words without borders, The Independent, The Lady, Banipal, Prospect Magazine, Times Literary Supplement. Currently writes for The BookBlast Diary. Founder (1997) of the London-based writing agency BookBlast.

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