Bibiana Krall is a multi-genre Indie Author who resides in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. She is an up and coming author of several suspense thriller novels and supernatural short stories, one of which, Alice, is soon to be a television series. Each of her stories surrounds a common theme of strong female protagonists who desire to reclaim their dignity, power, and dreams again.
Ms. Krall believes it’s important to engage with other hard-working writers and she uses her writing blog to sound off about the challenges modern writers face, offering friendship, support and a chance to connect. She is a freethinker, a protector, and advocate of connecting to the natural world and a lifetime supporter of the arts.
This interview gives us the opportunity to learn more about Ms. Krall’s creative processes, and writing outlets, including what motivates her to write, how she avoids writer’s block, and what advice she has for aspiring writers.
CTM: Bibiana, it’s a pleasure having you as a guest Author.
Thank you so much for your interest in my work. No matter how many times I am interviewed, I get butterflies.
CTM: Tell us a little about your early life, your first passion, and ambitions.
I had a plan all worked out when I was five, or six—Ballerina, Novelist, and Attorney. I realized way back then that the body only lasts so long. I had physical strength, a brain, and imagination. So I guess I wanted to get the full mileage out of this life and the gifts I had been given. Ballet was definitely my first passion. It gave me discipline, an ear for classical music, an eye for beauty and a creative outlet.
Needless to say, the ballerina part didn’t evolve the way I envisioned. So here I am in my mid-life, a working novelist. When I’m seventy-five I would like to climb a mountain, a really cool, steep one and at the top of that mountain, I will consider law school and pursuing better ways to save the environment.
CTM: Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I write because I was born to tell stories. I compiled a few adventures first, to keep it real. Honestly, I had a bewildering incident happen on St. Helena Island in South Carolina. My very first novel was Carolina Spirit. The entire first chapter is basically what I experienced via a vision or ghost and then three days later; there was a continuation via a dream asking me if I was, ‘Going to do it?’ This was deciphered as; write what this young girl shared with me. How could I say no to that? I was finally ready, and we helped each other in this way.
CTM: What is the most challenging part of your artistic process?
To find the time to ponder undisturbed is my greatest challenge. I have to fight to have my peace and quiet. I am a wife, a full-time grad student and the mother of one teen and the stepmother to another teen, both females. Drama rules the roost. My noise canceling headphones are the most amazing gift. I use music to focus and refuel.
CTM: Do you have any writing themes that crop up in your stories continually?
The theme that always emerges is, trust your instincts, be strong, never allow anyone to make you someone you don’t wish to be. It’s a worthy message, and I truly hope that comes across.
CTM: What sort of research do you do to write your books?
A lot. I will be the last to say I know everything or all about any subject. Research is the most important gift you can give your writing and your readers. Authenticity is so important.
CTM: What aspects of writing do you find most difficult and the easiest?
The most difficult thing about writing is the internal honesty. To really write well, you must look at your own place in the world, your triumphs, and your failures. Writing a good novel without deep introspection is impossible. Sometimes it hurts to revisit what we have internalized to get past. This emotional ocean is rocket fuel for our writing, but this can take a deep toll, mentally and physically on the writer.
The easiest thing is that there is a freedom to saying what you want to via dialogue. I don’t talk like most of my characters, but it makes me laugh when it’s working. That’s the good stuff.
CTM: What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with writer’s block?
I make book trailers or a vision board when I start to blame my story for not giving me what I want or when I feel empty of the proper words. Visuals are a great lever to find inspiration. Writer’s block is a myth, the Cyclops hovering in the beyond. I am proof positive that a thesis can be written during a Category 4 hurricane. If you can write through that mess, anything else is just an excuse.
Even if I sit down and only get one word. I can always spell check, take notes or revise. A recent personal challenge pushed my limits. I felt I was breaking in two, but I sat down and made myself face the blank page. What would you like on your tombstone? It’s my dream. Why would I ever let anything stop me?
CTM: Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I have three fully written novels sitting in a drawer. I keep trying to decide what the heck to do with them.
For now, I will finish school in June 2018 and keep writing shorts and entering contests to keep me on the level. I may release, The Paradise Garden in early 2018, but I still have a scene that needs more work. It is a continuation of, Escape into the Blue. Sophia is such a colorful character. I brought her back for the fun of it. She’s loud, brave and totally non-politically correct.
I am also working on the film screenplay for Alice. There has been radio chatter that a feature film may come before the TV series. I looked actively for screenwriters for a while, but they weren’t the right fit.
I am not a control freak, but I genuinely distrust writers who don’t actively read books, other than their own. It’s a giant hang-up of mine. I feel that I have a lot to learn, we all do. Other writers can teach us so much, but we have to remain open.
CTM: For your short story, Alice, soon to be made into a film, who would you cast in the lead role?
Eva Green! Her lead role in the film, Cracks, sold me. She was so superb. What an astounding talent! Brains and beauty are rare, but the depth and range she has are unforgettable.
CTM: If you have access to a time machine, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Be true to yourself. Never worry about what doesn’t matter. Make your life the way you want it to be and ditch what doesn’t work. Do that like yesterday and keep believing you can get there.
CTM: How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I travel to exotic places and am an epicurean too. I love to explore the world via food, culture, and tradition. I read every day, watch films and love to get outside and listen to the animals and the water. I cook for my family, sometimes pretty wild stuff discovered in other cultures. One of my fave dishes is the African version of Pirri-Pirri chicken. I even have my own signature hot sauce, Bahama Heat. Burn a layer off.
CTM: Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Never, ever make a business decision based on someone else’s views. You are the creative. Put your boots on and be brave. If you fail, it’s OK. Death is the only final word. Stop copying others and find your special voice. Write your ass off. Cry, pound your fists and feel it all. If you can inspire one person who might change the world, would you do it?
You never know what other people are feeling or experiencing, offer them your gifts. Quit whining. Writers… start helping each other for real, stop comparing yourselves and get to work.
Let’s join forces and get this party started. Thanks so much for your interest and for having me as your guest. It’s been a pleasure.
CTM: Bibiana Krall, it’s a pleasure having you as a guest Author. Thank you for taking time to share your passion and insight. Congratulations on Alice: A supernatural Short Story’s film debut.
You can find Bibiana Krall’s books on Amazon.com
An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. She has an MBA in Finance and she's a prospective Ph.D. candidate. A burgeoning author of fiction, she's published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, The Playground, and Rebound. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she's not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She's a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.