About Irene Keller:
My name is Irene Keller and I was born on the 28th of July 1997 which means I’ve just turned eighteen. Through my entire life I have been turned to books and languages rather than other things children played with and developed an early interest in writing around the age of seven. Usually writing poems about abstract things I was a part of this children poets club at the local library. I have a younger brother who I strive to inspire as much as I can and he presents one of the closest people to me. I attend the Stream of Philology in the local Grammar School and hopefully will major in English next year and go to The Faculty of Philosophy and get a degree in English Language and Literature. Hopefully by then I shall be an author already.
What inspires you to write?
It’s very hard to explain this matter because inspiration comes when you least expect it. Something as absorbing, which meddles with your mind in still, scientifically unexplained, ways, is definitely a thing you find difficulty explaining. There is a poet Laza Kostić wrote ‘Tween Wakefulness and the Dream trying to explain and I think that poem really put inspiration into perspective for me. So without many words of mine I shall rely on this poet to explain:
Oh, heart of mine, alone standing,
Who has called you to my home?
you tireless dreaming-knitter,
knitting from a quite thin fiber
‘tween wakefulness and the dream.
Oh, heart of mine, heart demented,
with this knitting, what do you mean?
Like the knitting of the old maids,
what the day knits, the night unbraids,
‘tween wakefulness and the dream.
Oh, heart of mine, heart resentful,
may ‘bolt take you from this realm,
why not let me while still living,
discern yourself in the knitting
‘tween wakefulness and the dream!
Translated by Slobodan Cekic
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, another tough one, if I am very inspired I can write sitting on a rock in 50 degrees Celsius wearing a winter coat and if I am not inspired no bed is comfortable enough and no silence is silent enough.
Joking…my writing process usually takes part in the morning and I do it at my desk because I find difficulty writing in bed or anywhere where I’m not sitting in a chair.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Well I have a conversation or two…or, you know, ten with each of them during the day as well as reenacting their conversations in my head…or actually, just in case.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say – Write whatever makes you feel like you’re doing the right thing and somebody out there will like it.
And a quote I’ve seen somewhere on the internet ”A year from now you will wish you had started now.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was all a big joke until me and my boyfriend sat down and realized that that big joke was exactly what we should do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well I don’t think books will ever go out of style, there is something about them that is eternal.
What do you use?: Co-writer
What genres do you write?: science fiction, fiction, juvenile fiction, teen fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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