Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Author Interview: Gabriella Goliger

Here today is Gabriella Goliger, author of Girl Unwrapped, which is set in 1960s Montreal. How many books do you read with that setting?

Describe Girl Unwrapped in three words. 

Moving. Inspiring. Readable.

What would be the hardest thing for you if you found yourself in Toni's position?

Revealing my feelings about girls and taking the consequences. (Yikes, I was in that position.)

If Toni were dropped into the present, yet still holding onto the bulk of the premise and issues of the book as set in the 60s, what do you think would be the biggest change?

Two things would surprise her: 1) people are ho-hum instead of scandalized when she lets on she likes girls; but 2) the lesbian bars have disappeared. It's because there are other places for lesbians to hang out nowadays and because all-girl bars never did make much money.

What was the most interesting part of writing this book? 

Interweaving the Jewish and the lesbian themes. My character faces a double whammy as an only child of Holocaust survivors and a budding lesbian but ultimately these challenges become sources of strength.

What kind of cookie would you describe yourself as? 

Chocolate-coated marshmallow. It's got a bit of a shell, but that's easily broken through and inside all is sweet mush. 

Thank you, Gabriella, for sharing those answers!

Make sure you guys check out Girl Unwrapped, already out and available!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh great interview. I had to go look up Girl Unwrapped after reading it. I love how she describes it as "readable" LOL!