Spotlight: Bohemia by Veronika Carnaby with an interview with the author

written by Veronika Carnaby          
published by Veronika Carnaby via CreateSpace

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book: 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.

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome author, Veronika Carnaby, to the blog today! She has answered some questions for all of you. 

Why did you write Bohemia? Expression. Writing a book is a great way to relay your thoughts or a message out to the world through a universal story like Bohemia. In this case, I set the plot in 1960 since it was both a pivotal in time in history and in own life. I respected all the cultural progress that was made during that era and wanted to showcase that. I also drew inspiration from some of my own experiences to help convey a budding artist’s journey, which I feel that many can relate to. And what better timeframe to set those formative years than in the seminal decade of the 1960s?

What kind of research did you have to do while writing your book? Other than some date and name-checking, I didn’t need to do much research since many of the attitudes and events referenced throughout the story are ultimately ingrained in my mind. Things like JFK’s campaign, the rise of The Twist fad, racial tensions, and teased hair are well-known because they’re historic markers that have left an imprint on our culture.

How long did it take you to write Bohemia? What was the writing process like? Not counting the several false-starts I encountered in the beginning, the entire process took about 3.5 months. Everyone I’ve told so far have gasped at how quick of a time that is, and that’s true. It is spontaneous, but that was the point. I didn’t want to spend a year to two years mulling over my first instincts. I guess a little bit of Jack Kerouac’s philosophy rubbed off on me, in that respect.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. If you dare to experience life through the unrestrained eyes of artistic, rebellious youth, go ahead and pick up Bohemia.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? Yes ma’am, there are. The wheels are always turning in my head. I’ve already started writing my next book, but I’m keeping mum about it for now. My goals are always to reach readers with a fascinating and meaningful work.

What has been your greatest achievement as a writer? This is an answer that will constantly change with the development of my career. For now, it’s the simple feat of publication. I love to write and to have others read it and hopefully, feel inspired.

Who has been your biggest inspiration? At the moment and in terms of literary inspiration, Jack Kerouac. He’s a risk-taker and I like that. We could all use a little more risk when writing, especially today. I’ve also been greatly inspired by songwriters, particularly by McCartney, Lennon, and Dylan. Some might be surprised to find out just how similar the two mediums are. I’ve learned a lot from them.

What is your favorite genre to read? Who are some of your favorite authors? My interests are as varied as they get. Lewis Carroll, his absurdity is genius. So is James Joyce’s. I lean toward the classics and books that transport me to the past. Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, books of that sort.

In your opinion, what is one book everyone should read? On the Road. Everyone needs to experience the freedom that the book offers. They may or may not enjoy it, but one thing’s for sure: it will set you free.

About the author: American author and poet, Veronika Carnaby, possesses a vintage charm that transcends well into her written works. Recognized for her Beat-style prose, her pieces have garnered international recognition after appearing in such publications and functions as The Ed Sullivan Show blog, SESAC Magazine, SXSW, Dan’s Papers Literary Journal, and the SESAC New York Music Awards, among others. Whether penning poems, short stories, or novels, Carnaby infuses her writing with a poignancy and passion for 20th century culture.

Find Ms. Carnaby here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads

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