We asked Diana Biacora five questions about writing as we gear up for the launch of The Unpublished City collection on June 22.
IFOA: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Diana Biacora: I draw inspiration from anything that sparks my interest from real life.
From everything I see, touch, taste, smell and hear.
I particularly enjoy drawing inspiration from my travels, and the observations and experiences I’ve had in other parts of the world. Experiences that are new, foreign and unfamiliar.
IFOA: What’s the story that you have to write no matter what (at some point in your life)?
Biacora: I think we all have several stories that we have to write at different stages in our lives. Sometimes the stories come out immediately, other times it’s years after. No matter what, they are always there. It’s a matter of timing, listening to ourselves and being open.
The story that I have to write right now is about two childhood friends.
IFOA: Where do you write? Is there a specific place you do your writing?
Biacora: I have a room with a desk and a big window with lots of plants. Sometimes I write in coffee shops, in public libraries and my backyard.
IFOA: If you could ask your favourite author a question, what would it be?
Biacora: I’m always interested in the process and the different ways in which all artists conceptualize their ideas into something physical and concrete such as a novel, a poem, a play, or a painting. I’m fascinated by different approaches and practices for my own growth and learning as an artist.
IFOA: What are you writing now?
Biacora: I’m writing a piece that will hopefully turn into a novel. It’s about the childhood friendship between two girls.
Biacora is one of the authors featured in The Unpublished City: a collection of works by Toronto’s emerging literary talents. IFOA and BookThug invite you to the collection’s release on June 22 at 7:30 PM as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
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