Itziar Miranda is from Zaragoza, and one of the best known and most popular faces on television thanks to Manuela Sanabria, his character in the long-running and successful fiction that was first Love in troubled times on Spanish Television, and now Love is forever, on Antena 3. Precisely today the new season begins, the eleventh already, where Itziar continues in the shoes of Manolita.
But maybe not everyone knows her facet as a writer, since she is the author of equally successful youth books such as the miranda collection and of Miranda and Tato, published by Edelvives. In this interview we discovered it and I want to thank you very much both to Edelvives for her management and to Itziar for taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule to assist me.
Itziar Miranda — Interviewsta
- CURRENT LITERATURE: You have been combining your work as an actress with writing for a few years now and you have released the Miranda and Miranda y Tato collections, with messages of sustainable development. Where did the idea to create them come from?
ITZIAR MIRANDA: The idea of the Miranda collection arises from the need to return to boys and girls the heroines of which they have been depriving us. We realized that the relevant women in history were completely silenced and that we needed them to have female references. It was very necessary to rescue them. On the one hand, to inspire girls in their personal and professional future and, on the other, for boys to see women in places of authority and creation. It was so good that we are translated into many languages and from there comes the new collection.
Miranda (the protagonist of both collections) has grown and so has her concern and her involvement with the world and everything that surrounds her. Along with her brother Tato de Ella, she will get into a thousand messes to try to make the world a fairer place. Without realizing it, they will fight so that the 17 sustainable development goals are met of the 2030 agenda.
- AL: How are you finding time to write?
IM: I write before I go to the shoots, about the 4 or 5 in the morning. And then I correct at night or between sequences.
- AL: Can you remember any of your first readings? And the first story you wrote?
IM: I read to Roald Dahl, Enid blyton, Christine Nostler... I don't remember the first story because at home we wrote a lot. Our mother is a writer and we imitated her from a very young age inventing our own stories. But I do remember my first poetry book published. It was in the 2nd of BUP thanks to my literature teacher, the writer Agustin Lighthouse.
- AL: A head writer? You can choose more than one and from all eras.
IM: It is imposible. I read compulsively so I have hundreds. But right now I read and reread Infinity in a reed, from my dear Irene Vallejo.
- AL: What character in a book would you have liked to meet and create?
IM: When I was younger I dreamed of playing as an actress Andrea, the protagonist of Nada by Carmen Laforet.
- AL: Any special habits or habits when it comes to writing or reading?
- AL: And your preferred place and time to do it?
IM: At dawn in my kitchen.
- AL: Are there other genres that you like?
IM: I like science fiction and horror less everything.
- AL: What are you reading now? And writing?
IM: I'm reading the feast of love, by Charles Baxter. And writing... I can't say anything, but I'm embarked on a yummy project. A dream.
- 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?
IM: I have lived moments of a lot of anguish with the pandemic and everything that was happening, but the Miranda y Tato collection and, above all, its collaborators, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Eva Saldaña, from Greenpeace, Marta Cañas, from Doctors Without Borders, Father Ángel, Federico Buyolo… They have given an injection of brutal optimism. I think we are learning a lot. Years ago it was frowned upon to say that the Miranda collection was feminist and now it is sold for that reason. And the same goes for sustainability and caring for the planet. We are more and more committed.