Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date: September 12, 2012
Order From: Amazon
Synopsis: In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the "ideals" of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world.
Author Interview: Q. How did you come up with the idea for your novel(s)?
It was a culmination of events I’d experienced in my life that I felt would translate well in a story. It is a fictional work, but many of the scenes have been drawn from real-life experiences, which I think adds another dimension and depth to the work. The ‘60s are a period near and dear to my heart and infusing all the intricacies of the prior and forthcoming decades helped the story pop even more so.
Q. Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?
If anything, I tried to spotlight an issue that kids of every generation experience, not just the ones who grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s: the societal obstacles and attitudes that stand in the way and often curb their ambitions. Also portrayed is the curve that all artists, whether writers, musicians, or dancers, undergo, those phases of uncertainty, realization, honing the craft, and finally using those chiseled skills to create art. Throughout all of that, the underlying message is really rather simply and dictates: “persevere”. I don’t care if the entire world vilifies you and declares your work blasphemous. If you’re an artist of worth, you will run into situations like that and it’s imperative that you turn a blind eye to it and carry on.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
Absolutely not. This was as spontaneous a process as it gets, and that’s the beauty of it. It wouldn’t suit the free-flowing style of the work. In truth, there’ll always be something that I feel could be tweaked or added, maybe even taken away, but if I started second-guessing, I’d never finish.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your novel(s)?
I didn’t come across any enormous difficulties while writing. Of the entire process, I would say that the promotional period is the toughest. I think that’s always the case for any writer or creative individual.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your novel(s) and what was it?
What didn’t I learn? It spans the gamut—everything from writing techniques to life lessons. Every project taken on carries with it immense lessons and it’s up to me to recognize them and apply them the next time around. That’s why writing is a continual process. There’s always something new to learn from it.
Q. Did you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
It’s nothing ritual. Depending on my mood, I may or may not have music playing in the background, but Lord knows that I always have a tune spinning in my head. Songwriters have had profound influence throughout my entire writing career and especially on this book. It’s seeped in such a ‘late ‘50s, early ‘60s flavor, that one could probably create a soundtrack for it!
Q. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Writing has been an art that’s resonated with me from a young age. I remember reading and writing in grade school like there was no tomorrow. I guess I haven’t changed much in that respect!
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have to give credit to Jack Kerouac, who exposed me to possibilities I didn’t know existed before I read his work. What strikes me about it? He’s a Beat writer...hell, he coined the term! You do the math.
Q. Tell us your latest news.
I’m not at liberty to share too much information at the moment, but I can say that I’ve started work on my next book, which I think will be an exciting one.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
As always, I appreciate those who have taken the time to read Bohemia and share it with their friends and loved ones. For those who have yet to do so, it’s never too late to take on a new journey!