SPOTLIGHT ON… Corine Gantz
1. Describe yourself in one word:
2. The best thing about being a wordsmith:
You get to make up words. Okay, maybe you shouldn’t. But you know how kids are told to quit day dreaming, to stop making things up, and to spend less time thinking about other people’s business? Well, when you write those get to be the main part of the job description.
3. You wish you wrote:
Carl Sagan’s Contact , David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, or Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. The characters! The story! The writing! I’m in awe.
4. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
If I was still following my old path I would be a bitter advertising executive, selling my soul and helping other people get richer. I can’t believe how lucky I was to veer off course! But if the question is ‘what else would I like to be doing instead of writing?’ Then I’m stumped. Eating perhaps? Is this a valid occupation?
5. Favourite fictional character:
A fierce 89-year-old French lady, former OSS operative, who happens to be a characters in my new novel. She is teaching me about whom I aspire to become one day.
6. Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Discovering Italy is number 1 through 20 on my bucket list. But I never get to go. If I have any vacation time at all I always end up in France. I know, poor me, or as my kids say: world’s smallest violin.
7. What book has changed your opinion/stance on something important to you, and why?
Before reading Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now, I had no idea I actually had a choice about my thoughts. I did not know I could take control of my moods and therefore my life. Such a simple lesson but what a revelation this was!
8. Favourite travel destination:
Renting a car and going through Provence, one gorgeous village, one tiny restaurant, and one family hotel at a time.
9. Biggest accomplishment to date:
Diving into writing and self-publishing my first novel and living to tell the tale.
10. What’s next for you?
In a few months and I will have completed my second novel, a family saga that spans a century. I set the bar really high when it would have been easier to follow Hidden in Paris with a sequel. The bar is so high in fact that I’ve rammed by head on it quite a few times. But I’m still going at it. Writing is not about latent. It’s mostly about being hardheaded.
11. My favourite place in Paris:
My favourite place in Paris is any public bench. On my lap is a notebook and in my hand a hefty jambon- beurre-cornichon. I’m taking it in, watching people and thinking up stories about them.
12. What attracted you to writing about Paris?
I was born and raised in Paris and came to the United States when I was 23 years old. I might have taken Paris for granted then, but I’m making up for it now by writing about it. Paris is not just beautiful, it’s interesting. And the reason it’s interesting is that people there look for relationships, conversations, and adventures. The romance of Paris is not just about the location, it’s about interactions.