” WIDOW, THE MANUAL”
Q – How did you get the idea for this book?
B – I do not know. Patrick Modiano wrote a sentence that completely translates the sensation I had at the time when I started writing this book.
*”There are mysterious beings – always the same ones- who stand as sentinels at each crossroad of our life”
Q – Have you met these mysterious beings?
B – In a way, not necessarily the same ones, but ephemeral encounters with people you will never see anymore, with whom you discuss like that and who trigger something in you… I do not know if they are mysterious, but what they create in me is.
Q – Why did you write this book?
B- To mourn, to talk about him, to help myself, to give, to help others, to share, to exchange, to create.
Q – To create what?
B -A thread, a little something with people going through this ordeal who may sometimes feel very alone, misunderstood and too often stuck by the tons of issues they have to deal with.
Q – And?
B- I sat in front of my computer, I wrote the title “WIDOW, THE MANUAL ” and I went on and on, I was ready.
Q – Why an avatar?
B – I very much wanted that, it was necessary to complete the whole project. Without the drawings I had the impression that it was “un- successful”. But there was an important condition in my mind: the person who was going to author these drawings had to be touched by the text. A true complicity was essential.
Q – And obviously you found it?
B – Yes! His name is Jeremy, he is talented, he has a high sensitivity and we are fully connected. A great buddy.
Q – Even Mr. Cotton has its avatar?
B – Mr. Cotton is a must.
Q – We laugh a lot. This is not the first reaction that is expected when we read about this kind of topic.
B – My own way to tell death “I am not afraid!”.
Q – There is a lot of love, humor, derision, but never any pathos.
B – People have enough to deal with already with their own grief. I lightly walk in heavy shoes.
Q -There is a very strong connection created with your reader throughout your book. After I finished reading it, I thought: “I want to know what she will become”. Will there be a sequel?
B – A sequel…this is not the correct term, but another book, yes.
Q – What would you say to convince people to buy your book?
B – Trying me is adopting me, a real addiction!
*villa triste Patrick Modiano (1975)