Today, we are zooming in on SP Decroix, the author who has just published her novel La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times), which arouses great interest on the part of many readers have pre-ordered their copy prior to its release.
We asked her a few questions so she would have less secrets for you …
1 / How many years have you been writing and how did you start writing your first novels?
I have been writing novels since I was 16 years old. I am 41 years old today, it can be said that I have been writing for 25 years. But, I must say that I had begun long before, writing poetry.
2 / What was your intention when you wrote La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times)?
This question also answers the second part of the first.
When I wrote this fantastic tale at the age of 16, my very first, it was above all for my sisters Emmanuelle and Aurore aged at the time of 12 and 7 years. I wanted to change their ideas, to introduce them to the magic of dreams. And at their age, what better way than a beautiful heroine with a harsh character in search of an extraordinary adventure?
3 / To write to you, it is …to escape, to invite others to travel in my worlds, is also to share, quite simply.
I find it wonderful to tell myself that I manage to make people dream, to transport people with me, “elsewhere”, just with words … it’s really fantastic.
4 / What do you have in common with the heroine of your novel, Sokorie?No doubt: my determination, because it took me time, hard work and courage to get to where I am now.
There were many obstacles, I do not doubt for a moment that there are certainly others, but I am and will always remain standing, even if I have often doubted it. And it’s good to know that an editor really believes in you. I would never thank Lysons enough editions for their support.
5 / If you were to be the heroine of a legend other than that of the Princess of the deepest Times, what would it be?It is certain that I would not be a new “Snow White” or “Cinderella”. I like that my heroines are a little more “resourceful”. So I would rather think of a Legend like that of “Mulan“, a great-hearted adventurer who was probably one of the first to be in the fight of prejudices. She could be assimilated to the female cause, just like the “Princess Leïa” of “Star Wars”.
“Strength” is with them but not only; gentleness, intelligence also, and again: determination.
6 / You have had many literary prizes, how do you live this recognition of your work and this growing awareness?
Yes, I’ve been in competitions for a long time. It is always moving to know that your work is enjoying and that it is rewarded. But I do not think I have real notoriety. it is necessary to be wise and to remain humble because the way to be “recognized” is stony, and if to reach the summit is difficult, to fall is very easy, on the contrary. So I want to keep a cool head and act with caution, wisdom. On the other hand, if I can put this “recognition” at the service of just causes, I will do it. It is also in this context that I participate in the event of September of the “Pièces Jaunes” Foundation of my region.
7 / If you had a single message to convey to your readers, what would it be?
Hope is what keeps human peoples apart from darkness. Particularly during troubling, difficult, even atrocious events. It is also this fragile flame that allows us to see “further”. Believe in your dreams. Believe in yourself and always keep hope.
Interview carried out on August 14, 2017 by Leandro De Carvalho for Lysons éditions. Thanks to Sandrine for answering our questions!
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Format STANDARD, 23,5×15,5cm, Black and White, Pages inside cream, shiny cover, 128 pages.
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