'I like books that do something different' - Julianne Pachico on her new book 'The Lucky Ones' and her career

'I like books which like to do something different' - Julianne Pachico on her new book 'The Lucky Ones'

The author popped by the studio for a chat with Penny Smith about her new book

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Julianne Pachico swung by the studio for a chat with Penny Smith about her latest book. 

The Lucky Ones contains a series of short stories which highlight the dangerous atmosphere of forced kidnappings and executions which haunted Colombia as a result of 20 years of conflict. 

Pachico told Penny and listeners the purpose of the book, and reflected on her career as an author. 

She said: "If you want to read it as a novel, you can. If you want to read it as a short story collection, you can. 

"That was my purpose from the very beginning, to write a book which could function as both. I like books which like to do something different.

"I wanted to show different sides of Colombian society, and be true to my experience of growing up there. 

"I've been very fortunate, especially with short stories. It was helpful for me to build up confidence by submitting to different publishers."

Listen to the full interview above.

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