Stephen Clare of CKDU’s “The Book Club,” has continued to crow about Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets. In his interview for the Chronicle Herald e-paper, he asks Botha about how much of her own experiences influenced her short stories. Her response provides more insight into her creative process than previously discussed in reviews; for her research on sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, rape, abuse, divorce, disease, depression, wrist slashing and suicide, she found her time spent with those people affected by drug addiction to be the most rewarding:
“I wanted to better appreciate why, given some of the things that I went through as a young person, I managed to bypass some of these horrific experiences while others did not. What was it about my set of circumstances that was so different from other people? Why do some people merely dabble in these things, while others feel the need to go all the way? And why are some never tempted at all?”
The answers, she acknowledges, came over time.
“I learned how important external factors such as family, friends and lovers can be to a person’s self-esteem, and how these things can affect the choices that they make.”
What I love most about this interview and the answer featured above is that even though Botha never went to an edge, so to speak, her past raised questions that prompted her to find out why other people had. In her collection of short stories, one gets this overwhelming sense that we’re all just slices of someone else.
For the CKDU radio show, click the link: http://ckdu.dal.ca/~radiologger/show_new.php?id=1254255337http://ckdu.dal.ca/~radiologger/show_new.php?id=1254255337
For the full article, click the link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Books/1201316.html