The Edible Bookshelf is featuring Almost a Turkish Soap Opera and myself this week.
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Book review by The Edible Bookshelf
Favorites: Almost a Turkish Soap Opera
One aspect of Almost a Turkish Soap Opera that I enjoyed was getting a glimpse into the Turkish culture. I have lived all of my life in the western United States. There is not a strong Turkish presence in New Mexico, so I had very little knowledge of their culture and practices.
The novel was a wonderful introduction to the Turkish culture. Anne-Rae painted a very vivid picture of her characters’ lives and how their upbringing and the pressure from family and culture affected their decisions and lives. Even when a certain aspect was unfamiliar to me, or different from what I would expect, she did a very good job of explaining the reasoning and making it seem familiar to the reader.
Read the review at: The Edible Bookshelf
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Interview: Anne-Rae Vasquez
Today we have the pleasure of hearing more about Ann-Rae Vasquez’s novel, Almost a Turkish Soap Opera.
Anne-Rae Vasquez www.anne-rae.vasquez.com email@example.com Twitter: @write2film
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, a novel adapted into an award winning feature film and web series. Details of the film and web series are at: www.almostaturkishsoapopera.com
1. What was you inspiration for this book?
I wanted my novel Almost a Turkish Soap Opera to shine a light on the popularity of Turkish TV series and their popularity in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The Turkish soap operas are full of drama, action, romance and cultural conflicts which I am certain North American readers will find entertaining.
2. Would you classify your writing as plot driven of character driven?
The story is character driven but has a strong plot line. The characters face the obstacles that many new immigrants face when they first arrive in a new country.
3. Can you tell us a little about your main character?
Adel Emre is an attractive fair skinned, blue eyed Turkish 25 year old man from a middle class Muslim family in Istanbul. He dreams of leaving his dead-end life in Turkey to seek opportunities and wealth in the USA. Completely fed up with his father’s weakness to stand up to his grand uncle to demand for the land and property owed to him from his father’s inheritance, Adel is determined to be successful financially and will do anything to achieve this.
4. Which of your supporting characters was the most challenging to write?
I did not find any of my supporting characters challenging to write. I had imagined all the characters very clearly in my mind before writing the story. Every character has a part to play in moving the story forward so it was not difficult for me to focus on each character. I loved bringing out the character’s personality to focus on their weaknesses or fear to either bring humour to the scene or to add some cultural drama.
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