Last week I was at the Kitchener Writers Festival, where I was interviewed by a delightful young woman, Catherine Vendryes, who is an English Major at the University of Waterloo, a slender spectacled smart girl, armed with steno pad and digital recorder. I loved her questions. Here is her write-up:
Lillian Nattel, bestselling author of Web of Angels, could not be more supportive of striking out to live your dreams. She took the Record Author’s Stage and told her tale of achieving her dream of being an author, the long way.
“As a young adult, I became depressed and what do you do when you’re depressed? You become an accountant,” she explained cheekily. After living in the world of accountancy for 10 years, she quit as soon as her first book sold. Web of Angels is her third book and turned into a bestseller after just one week on the market.
After her talk, Nattel had some sound words of advice.
“If you have a dream, pursue it. If there is something that is creative within you, do it. And don’t let anything stand in your way or stop you,” said Nattel. “Yes, you have to pay bills. Yes, you have to make a living, but make [your dream] your priority. Don’t give up on it because that’s what makes you alive.”
An ambassador of Canadian literature, Nattel could not have described the Canadian scene any better.
“It’s different from readers, as well as writers, in other countries. I think that it’s really diverse, it’s exciting, it’s innovative, it’s fabulous,” said Nattel.