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Jenny Valentine

El Templo #33 (abril 2013) por Carlota Echevarría


Many of your characters have dysfunctional families. What makes this type of familiar relationships special for a writer like you? Do you think they represent today's society?

I am honestly not trying to represent today's society. I wouldn't presume. Dysfunctional relationships are just interesting to me because they make better stories. Who wants to read about a perfect happy family with nothing to hide? Not me. I would get bored. One of the best things about writing a story is that you have access to everyone's secrets.

One of the aspects we like the most about your books are the strong and realistic voices of your characters, particularly the teenagers. What process do you follow to get to know them so well and to create dialogues so natural?

I don't follow any process, not really. I certainly don't study teenagers like they are a different species. I just inhabit a character. When I start writing a story in the first person I am inside it, looking out, not hovering above. And I use my ears. I read the dialogue out loud and listen. If it doesn't sound right I change it.

Before publishing Finding Violet Park you had another job. What made you start writing?

Boredom, ambition, a love of stories. And Eileen, the real Violet Park. She was an old lady I knew when I was about 19. After she died her ashes were kept in an office. They are still there. The human in me felt strange about it, the writer knew it was the beginning of a good story.

We have read in your biography that studying English literature "almost put you off reading but not quite". Nevertheless you decided in the end to write your own stories. What do you like the best about being a writer?

It almost put me off because we had to take stories apart like they were engines. I'm not a mechanic. The thing I like best about writing is exactly the same thing I always loved about reading. The getting lost. The leaving your own life and immersing yourself in someone else's. I am all about the escape.

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