WATCH a Transcript Reading of the Novel here (Chapters 4 and 5)
Novel reading performed by actress Val Cole.
Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth:
Matthew: What is your novel about?
Kirsten: It is an autobiography of my relationship with a toxic mother, the search for my biological father, and the dysfunctional relationships in my immigrant family.
Matthew: Why should people read your novel?
Kirsten: This novel shows the reader how a lack of parental affection, alcoholism, and verbal abuse can affect children’s’ lives in tragic ways.
Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?
Kirsten: I have been involved with the writing process such as classes for upgrading my English Grammar, and attending various workshops and joining a writers’ group since 1986.
Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Kirsten: I rarely wish to see a movie for the second time nor do I like to read a book more than once.
Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?
Kirsten: I dream about collaborating with any artists willing to bring my story to the screen.
Matthew: How many stories have you written?
Kirsten: Among The Flowers is my first novel, written in 2012. It is about Ukrainian Immigrants to central Alberta, Canada during the years 1936 to 1970 and features two strong women characters dealing with the struggle of the times.
Danish Food Canadian Attitude is a small cookbook, a teaching tool targeting younger generations how to present, prepare Danish food and for which celebrations they are served.
I have interviewed several immigrants and new comers to Canada and prepared their stories for publishing in a Danish Heritage Book and for collections in two museums.
Not To Talk About Until Now is my latest publication and life long work, my therapy, my strong desire to share.
Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Kirsten: I have a thought for one more novel at this time with character development done but still in the research stage. I doubt if I will become a prolific writer.
Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Kirsten: Without my writing group I procrastinate. Nanowrimo has been influential and inspirational for completion. Early morning quiet hours are my best time to write and to sit at my office desk in silence.
Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Kirsten: I attend live plays as much and as often and at whatever location they may be at. When I read a book I want the story to entertain but I find myself looking at the mechanics of it with a more critical eye than earlier in my lifetime. That can be annoying to me. Travel is right up there as choices go but my family comes first of all.
Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
Kirsten: That answer is in number 5. How else can my story find its way into the hands of other powers that be to achieve my dream?
Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Kirsten: Join a writer’s group, subscribe to helping materials. Get disciplined make a routine. Write write write!
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