RE­LIV­ING A LIFE OVER AGAIN

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

Vanessa Carnevale, Sto­ries on Stage Kooliny Arts Cen­tre March 28 at 7pm 9467 7118 AU­THOR Vanessa Carnevale is mak­ing a spe­cial trip from Mel­bourne to fea­ture as part of Sto­ries on Stage.

It is her only ap­pear­ance in Perth as part of her pro­mo­tion for her lat­est book The Mem­o­ries That Make Us, which asks, ‘if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?’.

“I thought a great way to ex­plore this ques­tion would be to cre­ate a char­ac­ter who had no rec­ol­lec­tion of her past,” she said.

“Would she make the same de­ci­sions about her life? Would she fol­low the same ca­reer path? Would she fall in love with the same per­son again? You’ll have to meet Gra­cie to find out.”

Asked whether she was af­fected by the dreaded ‘sec­ond novel syn­drome’ fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her de­but novel The Floren­tine Bridge, Vanessa was re­flec­tive.

“This time, I knew there would be eye­balls on my work, and lots of them, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t let any­one down,” she said.

“Striv­ing for one’s best is usu­ally a good thing, but it can also be detri­men­tal to the cre­ative process.

“For me, it’s bet­ter to push those feel­ings aside un­til I have a fully com­pleted draft and in­stead let my heart tell the story. There’s al­ways room for a crit­i­cal eye once it’s time to edit.”

In her early 20s, Vanessa spent sev­eral years liv­ing in Florence, Italy, where she met her hus­band and dis­cov­ered a love of travel and la dolce vita. She now con­sid­ers Italy her sec­ond home.

She’s also a life coach, runs re­treats for writ­ers (in­clud­ing re­treats in Tus­cany), created a mag­a­zine called Mind­ful Par­ent­ing, co-hosted the Your Cre­ative Life pod­cast and gave up a cor­po­rate ca­reer for that.

“It didn’t bring me joy,” she said. “And I re­alised that I would be a much hap­pier per­son if I could step away from it and con­tinue to work, but work to­wards do­ing the things I loved.

“That’s when I started to fo­cus more se­ri­ously on my writ­ing and I am so very glad I listened to my heart be­cause it’s not al­ways easy to do that.”

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