Barbora Knobova is a writer, relationship coach and expert in Delicious Life. A world traveler, she is one of those rare world citizens who live everywhere and nowhere. Barbora is a firm believer in female friendship, loyalty and bonding. She writes hilarious, sharp-witted, caustically apt, ironic, moving and very true books for strong, independent, smart, fearless women. Barbora has also written several self-improvement books and teaches women about the importance of self-love in relationships and life in general. Barbora speaks eight languages and has found her home away from home in New York, London and Milan. She is always on the move, accompanied by her beagle Brinkley, the nasty dog from Tales for Delicious Girls. You can visit her website at http://www.barboraknobova.com, her blog at http://barboraknobova.wordpress.com or connect with her at Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/barboraknobova or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/barboraknobova.author.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Barbora. Can you tell us what your latest book, Tales for Delicious Girls, is all about?
My book is called Tales for Delicious Girls. It is a humorous, ironic book about men and women and about female friendship. It deals with dating and relationship mishaps and funny situations that actually happened, no matter how incredible it may seem. It’s a book for smart women of all ages who have a sense of humor. And I always say that it’s a book of many faces. Its main purpose is to entertain but when you read it you realize the book also shows women that the relationship they have with themselves is much more important than their relationships with men and other people who surround them. It helps them love themselves more, appreciate and respect themselves. I know that no matter how strong we are, how educated we are, how great our career is, sometimes we just get lost in the complicated web of relationships. I would like every woman to see herself as the pillar of her own life, her best friend. I would like every woman to love herself truly. I hope that my book makes women laugh and also helps them deal with any personal and relationship issues they may have.
Q: Is this your first book? If not, how has writing this book different from writing your first?
Tales for Delicious Girls is not my first book and of course, writing your first book is always a bit tricky especially because you don’t know what to expect and what lies ahead. However, writing a book is always an adventure and a challenge, a chance to learn, to grow, to become a better writer and a better person.
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
It’s incredible but I’ve never experienced writer’s block. Maybe it’s because I’m a very instinctive and impulsive writer. I write when I feel like writing and when I don’t feel like writing, I simply take a break. I think that a writer needs to let his/her thoughts flow naturally. When you start stressing, all those wonderful ideas vanish into thin air.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest book? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
I love connecting with my readers because they make me see my books through different eyes and they always find something more and new between the lines and behind the words. Most of my readers are women and it’s wonderful to see that Tales for Delicious Girls is a book that makes them happy, that they identify with the stories and find encouragement and support in them. I’ve had a few funny encounters with my male readers. (Surprisingly, there are many men who read my books. I think they are curious and want to get a peek into the world of women and their thinking.) I remember a man who came to my book signing event and said: “Let me take you for a walk to the forest and change your view of life.” I still don’t know if he was a poet or a creep.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
I usually write in the morning. I love mornings, especially summer mornings when the air is fresh, the sun rises early, the birds sing and there’s this wonderful summer air when I open the window. In the afternoon I write blog posts and articles, update my social sites, answer e-mails and take care of my marketing activities and other work projects.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
I think that regular physical activity is very important for writers because we tend to have a sedentary lifestyle which is very unhealthy. Fortunately, I have a very active dog so long walks are a must. I also love swimming, badminton and especially golf which I find extremely relaxing for my overloaded brain and it’s also the best remedy for backache. In the evening I usually read books that keep piling up on my nightstand.
Q: What book changed your life?
Recóndita Harmonía by Marina Mayoral. It’s a wonderful story of female friendship and I think the best book about women ever written. I discovered it in Spain many years ago and since then I haven’t found a book that would beat it. I don’t think it has been translated into English, which is a shame. But I believe it’s a book worth learning Spanish for.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
…that I love men but I will always be on women’s side, even if it means treading on men’s corns.
Thank you for this interview, Barbora. I wish you much success on your latest release, Tales for Delicious Girls!
Thank you very much, it was a pleasure!
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