Marta Gracia Pons is a writer and teacher. He graduated in History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and also has a master's degree in Pedagogy. He has written titles like The story that changed us, paper needles y The smell of happy days, and his latest novel is The dragonfly's journey. In this interview He talks about it and about other topics. You I appreciate much your time and kindness to assist me.
Marta Gracia Pons —Interview
- LITERATURE NEWS: Your latest novel is titled The dragonfly's journey. What do you tell us about it and where did the idea come from?
MARTA GRACIA PONS: This story is a tour of the Barcelona of two eras, that of the early twentieth century and that of the postwar period. Star it two women very different from each other, who live in different historical circumstances, but are united by their passion for jewelry.
The idea came from my passion for Modernism and Art Nouveau. We know Gaudí in architecture, but very little is known about the great goldsmiths of these artistic currents. And then I discovered Lluís Masriera and his precious enameled dragonfly. A novel time for jewelry, where highly symbolic insects, nymphs and mythological beings were created. They made real works of art.
- AL: Can you remember that first book you read? And the first story you wrote?
MGP: Yes. It marked me a lot, in my adolescence, Angela's ashesby Frank McCourt. A very tough story about the Ireland of the 30s and 40s.
The first story I wrote — and self-published — was a historical novel set in the province of Huesca in the years the Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera and the Second Republic. She was my guinea pig and with whom I learned to write.
- AL: A head writer? You can choose more than one and from all eras.
MGP: Ken Follet. My passion for books began with him and thanks to him I learned to write historical novels.
- AL: What character in a book would you have liked to meet and create?
MGP: The character of Emmaby Jane Austen.
- AL: Any special habits or habits when it comes to writing or reading?
MGP: I am not aware of any. The only one that I hate sound interruptions.
- AL: And your preferred place and time to do it?
MGP: I don't have a special place: I write wherever I can and a table and a laptop are enough for me. However, I usually write in the morning. I am a 100% day person, so I am unable to write at night. I like to go to bed early to make the most of the morning of the next day.
- AL: Are there other genres that you like?
MGP: I like the English classic novel: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Bronte sisters are my favorites.
- AL: What are you reading now? And writing?
MGP: Right now I'm not reading any novels, but rather historical essays, Well, I am documenting myself for my next novel, which is set at the end of the XNUMXth century in Madrid.
- AL: How do you think the publishing scene is? Do you think it is going to change or has it already done so with the new creative formats out there?
MGP: The publishing world has a very tough competitor: audiovisual platforms. Even so, according to statistics and despite the confinement experienced in the last year, readers have grown, especially in digital reading. This shows that, despite the bumps, a good novel always grabs the most faithful reader.
- AL: Is the moment of crisis that we are experiencing being difficult for you or will you be able to keep something positive for future stories?
MGP: Without a doubt, we have lived horrible moments during these last two years of the pandemic. Sometimes it was impossible to escape from the real world. But we are muchos which we have dared to publish during the last year and one receives many positive messages and thanks from the readers, who have been entertained by our pages. Life goes on.