Monday, 22 September 2014
Author Interview: Lola Smirnova
About the Author:
Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine, who for many years worked in the sex industry. She recently released her debut novel Twisted. Twisted is a work of fiction, but it is inspired by the author’s real life experiences making a living in the sex trade.
Twisted is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
Lola Smirnova is currently working on her second novel Crave – a sequel to Twisted. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/.
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Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I plot the story to stay focused but as the writing goes I change it all the time. To be spontaneous, that what makes me savor and truly enjoy my affair with my computer, turning every day of boring routine into an exciting date.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Sorry, but I didn’t get this question.
What is your favourite food?
As all Ukrainians I love “Borsch” - our traditional beetroot soup with fresh garlic and a spoon of sour cream.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m none of them. I just love to sleep a lot.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
My dream is to travel to Hollywood for the premiere of the movie based on my book.
Do distant places feature in your books?
My characters travel from Ukraine to Turkey, Luxembourg, France and eventually South Africa.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Even though I love music in general, it distracts me while writing.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
My latest release is my debut novel Twisted which was published in January this year.
Based on factual events, Twisted is a pacy, gritty story set in the faltering economy of corrupt post-Soviet Ukraine. Times are hard. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – dream of a better life. Naïve and tempted by the allure of ‘quick’ money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever – they go to Europe to work in the sex trade.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I thought that writing the book was difficult. But guess what – the real challenge starts with getting your book out there. It’s tough – you’ve got to be creatrive and you have to be a businesswoman too.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I don’t think so. The mistakes that I make on my way are a part of the process. I appreciate it. I learn.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Books I read, movies I watch, everything that surrounds me influences my creativity.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
I like the saying by W. Somerset Maugham: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
What are three words that describe you?
I love writing :)
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
The list of my favorites is quite broad. I love the deep read like Perfume by P. Suskind and I am one of those who drooled all over the Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James…
by Lola Smirnova
In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naïve and tempted by the allure of ‘quick’ money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever.
Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?
Twisted is a disturbing behind-the-scenes look at a world that most will never see. It is shocking, raw, and explicit.
“Twisted tells the story of a young Ukrainian girl named Julia, whose family is struck with poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union. Her two older sisters leave home and become sex workers, glossing over the more distasteful aspects of their occupation, planting the seeds of both curiosity and greed in young Julia. She eventually finds the lure of easy money too beguiling and begins her journey into the darker aspects of drug abuse, drunken stupors, and the horrid and loveless life of a sex-for-sale prostitute... Twisted is an amazing book that is well written and provocative. This book is a worthwhile read.” - Michael Alexander’s BDSM Review
“The characters are real, dialog intoxicating, and the plot well crafted.” – Reviewed by Gary Stout at Readers’ Favorite
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