AUTHOR Vanessa Carnevale is making a special trip from Melbourne to feature as part of Stories on Stage.
It is her only appearance in Perth as part of her promotion for her latest book The Memories That Make Us, which asks, ‘if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?’.
“I thought a great way to explore this question would be to create a character who had no recollection of her past,” she said.
“Would she make the same decisions about her life? Would she follow the same career path? Would she fall in love with the same person again? You’ll have to meet Gracie to find out.”
Asked whether she was affected by the dreaded ‘second novel syndrome’ following the success of her debut novel The Florentine Bridge, Vanessa was reflective.
“This time, I knew there would be eyeballs on my work, and lots of them, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t let anyone down,” she said.
“Striving for one’s best is usually a good thing, but it can also be detrimental to the creative process.
“For me, it’s better to push those feelings aside until I have a fully completed draft and instead let my heart tell the story. There’s always room for a critical eye once it’s time to edit.”
In her early 20s, Vanessa spent several years living in Florence, Italy, where she met her husband and discovered a love of travel and la dolce vita. She now considers Italy her second home.
She’s also a life coach, runs retreats for writers (including retreats in Tuscany), created a magazine called Mindful Parenting, co-hosted the Your Creative Life podcast and gave up a corporate career for that.
“It didn’t bring me joy,” she said. “And I realised that I would be a much happier person if I could step away from it and continue to work, but work towards doing the things I loved.
“That’s when I started to focus more seriously on my writing and I am so very glad I listened to my heart because it’s not always easy to do that.”
WHAT: Vanessa Carnevale Stories on Stage
WHERE: Kooliny Arts Centre
WHEN: March 28 AT 7pm
BOOKINGS: 9467 7118