Joana is a conservative, controlling woman who expected much more from marriage; Maria is trying to get back on her feet after being dumped just before her wedding; Filipe hides his broken heart in failed relationships. Is this as good as it gets when you’re thirty something? That’s what these three friends from college times will find out during a dysfunctional dinner party. Because life is not always how we dreamed it would be.
Considered by some ‘The Big Chill’ of the 21st century, this debut novel originally published in Portugal by a major publisher (2011), is all about the end of innocence. Funny, clever and real.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
First of all I’m Portuguese. I have different literary influences than most English speaking writers.
Secondly, I come from an advertising background, so I’m used to writing scripts for TV ads, which makes my writing very visual and cinematographic.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing and show it to people whose opinion you trust.
If they give you bad feedback don’t give up; just try to find out what you can improve and keep writing until it gets better and better.
If they give you good feedback, find a good editor, self-publish and… keep writing!
I’m was born on a shinny day of June 1979 in Lisbon, Portugal. I talked a lot, including with my imaginary friends, and pretended to read books at age 4.
Then I finally learned how to read and write and decided I wanted to become a writer. My parents still hold my first books, handwritten and illustrated by myself. During adolescence I got interested in journalism so I took a degree on Communication (UCP Lisbon). Then I got interested in advertising, as it was a job where I could write and still be creative, so I became a copywriter in 2004.
Still, it couldn’t spend all my creativity on the job so I began to dedicate all my spare time to writing stuff for myself (which I still do at my blog: http://pipaswonderland.blogspot.com/), untill one day I realized I had a whole book in my head! Thirty Something (nothing’s how we dreamed it would be) , my debut novel.
My dream is to write fulltime. But until that day comes (and I know it will come!) I live happily in one of the most beautiful cities in the world (Lisbon) with my husband, baby and Gucci, the cat.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Whenever you hit a landmark, like turning 30, you tend to analyze your life, your choices, your plans. That’s what happened to me. And the more I thought and talked about it with friends, the more I realized we all had the same preoccupations, the same pitfalls, the same feeling of having dreams and goals that we would not achieve.
From there I built a story around a group of friends, with different lifestyles and goals, but with the same feeling: that nothing’s how we dreamed it would be.