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Interview with Ann Glamuzina

Ann Glamuzina is an author and publisher. She is a director of Eunoia Publishing, a new, independent company committed to producing books which are a work of art in every way.

Ann is of Dalmatian descent. She is a former lawyer, having graduated from Auckland University in 1990, and more recently gained a Master of Creative Writing degree from AUT University in 2009. She co-authored the quirky The Bitter Sweet Philosophies. Rich Man Road is her first novel, which is out now.

What is a typical working day for you?

It varies - I try and write everyday - but sometimes it is just not possible! Some days are taken up with editing, research, trips to the library or reading. But there are always ideas and snippets of conversations or situations subconsciously working themselves out in the recesses of my brain (at least that's what I always tell myself!)

What are your three favourite books of all time? And why?

I hate this question as I find it so difficult to pick only three!! But at a push it would have to be ...

Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale - I read this in my late teens, full of feminist fervour and convinced that as a woman, I could do anything - Atwood's writing had such a powerful effect on me that, for the first time, I imagined if this terrible dystopia she had created in words were ever to become reality that everything I believed in would be gone. I was devastated! I guess in some parts of the world, it actually has.

Keri Hulme The Bone People - What New Zelander isn't proud of our very first Booker winner! But much more than that, I just love Keri Hulme's prose and her masterful weaving of Pakeha and Maori culture. I'm waiting for her next offering!

Patricia Grace Tu - I love Patricia Grace's writing, and if I had to pick one of her books it would be Tu. It is much more than another book about war - it is a multi-layered story of lost love, the cost of war, the richness of Maori culture and about being a Maori man who must learn to put his life back together again. Grace's prose is lyrical, joyful and profoundly moving.

Which author do you admire most? And why?

It would have to be Patricia Grace. She can be incredibly subversive, always insightful and evocative. She has a large body of work (including children's literature) and has won plaudits all over the world for her writing. In my opinion, she is one of our best writers and she's done it all raising seven children!

What tips would you give aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Sometimes you can lose confidence and wonder whether you shouldn't just give up, but you must accept that sometimes you doubt yourself and just keep on writing.

What’s your most memorable experience at a Literary Event?

Being at the Auckland Writers Festival and listening to Sebastian Barry sing On Canaan's Side which is also the title of his book. It sent shivers down my spine.

If a movie was made of your life, what three songs would you want on the soundtrack?

Bill Withers - Lovely Day (reminds me of driving on a summer's day with my two sisters when I was about 10 to Shakespeare Bay on the Whangaparoa peninsula )

Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun (there have been lots of parties dancing late into the night to this song!)

Massive Attack - Teardrops - (I love Elizabeth Fraser's (of Cocteau Twins) voice in this - so incredibly beautiful and haunting)

What advice would you give to your younger self?

You are much more than the numbers on a set of scales! And relax - life is much more fun if you do.


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