Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Tatyana Polyack. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by.
Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 and look for an exciting announcement regarding all of the participating authors for 2018.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I find writing very rewarding but exhaustive. But then again the level of satisfaction depends on the effort invested in the work. So, I don’t mind how hard it can be at times as long as I am content with the outcome.
Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?
No. My writings are falling into a non-fiction category. You can see my posts at www.arts-ny.com. It is about artists and performers, artistic movements and historical events that influence them. Since my posts contain only facts and history I feel that there is no need to use a pseudonym.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?
A big ego does help in pushing forward an idea or a point of view. However, it’s good when an ego is complemented by a strong intellect, in fact, these two should be of comparable dimension. So, taken together they create a powerful force. The trick is not to overwhelm the readers. In my mind the writers who are skillful in controlling that force are more successful in reaching the hearts and minds of the readers.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
It is sad to say but in my case, the best money was spent on my tool of trade – Mac Air. Ease of use, peace of mind, quality of media – it all makes a lot of difference for a creative person.
What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?
For me writing success means a dedicated following of like-minded readers. It takes time to master the style and to get in tune with the readers. As I am at the very beginning of the path to find my followers, I understand perfectly well how much hard work is still ahead of me.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?
My writings are a collection of short posts about NYC Culture Scene. My approach may look like Freudian analysis except that in my mind the environment takes a more prominent role than the maternal or familial ties. When I am taking on a new topic, I start with researching the main biographical facts about the artist so that I understand how he or she came to current career phase. The next layer of research is about the artistic winds of the time and historical events that inspired the artist.
How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?
As my writings are not fictional stories, I don’t need to worry about choosing the names.
What is the hardest type of scene to write?
In my case, the hardest part of the work is when I am writing about a controversial or truly avant-garde performance or event that can be interpreted very differently by different viewers. My goal is to raise people’s interest in the subject regardless of whether a reader is in an agreement with the artistic style, or is discovering a new name, or is in full discord in the interpretation.
If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?
Sigmund Freud – it’s pretty obvious why and what can be gained from the conversation.
Eric Kandel – to ask him about his childhood in Vienna between the wars and his tricks about charging the curiosity.
Lyudmila Ulitskaya – to ask her about her next book, her sources of inspiration and support network.
Jill Lepore – to ask her how to interpret the present from the historical perspectives and what parallels can be drawn from the past.
What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?
I am publishing my blog on wordpress.org https://www.arts-ny.com
I am also maintaining the following social media pages:
Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org