How writer Jehanne de Champvallon makes it matter
Her writing covers topics from sex to suicide. In this interview, she shares how she finds her inspiration and her the ultimate ‘secret’ to being a writer.
How do you give it mouth?
I don’t write my books trying to change the world. But I like the idea that a book can make people think. When I wrote my two science-fiction novel: X and X, I tried to imagine what kind of economy and politics would be necessary to make the world go round. And then I had to find why no way of ruling a country ever works as perfectly as one can imagine.
So, even if I never intend to tell the world my own subjective truth, I think that writers exist within societies and they can’t help writing about the world they live in, and the troubles they are going through, which can be about money, love, people, relationship, freedom and so on.
How many books have you published so far?
I have published 11 novels so far. The first one was in 2002. But I think myself as a poet even if I can write novels, short stories or whatever. I like poetry the most.
What artists inspire you?
There are a lot of poets and writers I love, especially Charles Baudelaire 1821/1857 who was into art for art’s sake. His poetry is both original and striking. I also love Huysmans and Oscar Wilde back from the 19th century also.
I studied William Hope Hodgson for four years to write my thesis, so I can say that he inspired me too. I discovered another writer, a few years ago, Gabrielle Wittkop. She writes exactly how I would like to. Her novels are deep and moving and coldly elegant.
What’s your advice for artists?
If you want to be a writer, the best thing I can say is that you NEED to read a lot. And not just classic writers, but living ones in order to see what people expect from literature nowadays.
You must believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will believe in you?
You must feel the passion in your heart.