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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writer interview - Hannah Audrey Warren

Hannah Warren was born in Paris (Fr.) in 1956 as a second child to a Dutch father and an English mother. She has lived in The Netherlands almost all her life but maintains strong ties with her own favorite triangle: France, UK and Holland.

Hannah studied Dutch literature and Mass Communication at the University of Amsterdam and later obtained a B.A. in English Literature and Language and a B.A. in Translation from Rotterdam University. After having been a lecturer and a translator for many years, she now works as a staff member at the International Office of HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen.

Her free-time is taken up by writing fiction and doing Yoga. She also likes to go on long hikes while listening to audiobooks. After having been a single mum for nearly two decades, her three children have flown the nest. The great sadness that befell Hannah in March 2014 was the loss of her eldest child, daughter Joy, who died after an intense two-year struggle against bile duct cancer. Currently her second child, son Ivor, is fighting a brain tumor. Her whole life and the future of her children (-in-law) is totally upside down. Writing fiction is Hannah’s main outlet.

From the age of 8, Ms. Warren has written poetry and short stories but it took her over 50 years to become a published author. Her debut novel – the literary romance Casablanca, My Heart was published by Thorstruck Press in June 2014.

Psychic Confessions, first book in the series The Cottage on The Border (November 2014, Thorstruck Press) is Hannah's second novel and positions her as a writer of suspenseful family sagas. The sequel The Angel Within will be published in July 2015.

In December 2014 Hannah participated with 10 other authors in the first Thorstruck Press Anthology The Secrets of Castle Drakon with the short story called The Blood Red Nails of War.

In August 2015 the first book in the Daughter of the Alvar Series “Ingrid” will come out. This is a historical family saga situated in south-Sweden in the 1890s.


What is your favorite virtue? My favorite virtue is ‘courage’. The courage to be honest, compassionate, persevering. Courage is not something you can train for or develop. It is an inner, in-born quality that you either have or don’t have. At the basis of every other great virtue lies courage. It’s the only real virtue that will change anything for the better. It are the cowards, liars and weak minds in this world that either deliberately or unconsciously destroy it. The opposing force to this is courage.

Your favorite qualities in a man. Inner and outer strength,passionate,respectful,intelligent,understanding, warm,courageous

Your favorite qualities in a woman. Inner and outer beauty, sisterly, tenacious, compassionate, intelligent, peaceable, courageous

Your chief characteristic. Observant

What do you appreciate the most about your friends? Loyalty, freedom from expectations, freedom from judgment, intelligence, fellowship

Your main fault. Impatience

Your favorite occupation. Writer

Your idea of happiness. The health of my children.

Your idea of misery. A world torn apart by rigid minds

If not yourself, who would you be? The Boudica

Your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction. Vincent Van Son in my latest novel Psychic Confessions, Konstantin Dmitrijevitsj Levin in Anna Karenina, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) in To Kill A Mockingbird, Old Jolyon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, Ingrid Gunarsson in Daughter of the Alvar (my new novel that will be published this summer), Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre, Yury Andreyevich Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago, Hassan in The Kite Runner, Mary Yellan in Jamaica Inn

Your favorite heroes/heroines in real life. Dalai Lama, Ruby Bridges, Ahmed Aboutaleb (mayor of Rotterdam), my deceased daughter Joy (although she may no longer be part of ‘real life’ she fought a heroic fight against bile duct cancer), Pope Francis, my neighbour Alie, who is always is open and smiling and wise and kind to anyone she meets, my son Ivor who’s currently fighting his battle against cancer, Malala Yousafzai

Your favorite food and drink. Food: Ayurvedic cooking: rice, vegetables, vegetarian dishes. Drink: coffee, tea, wine and water

What is your present state of mind? Waiting for the hailstone shower to pass over.

Your personal motto. You can’t do it alone; find a compassionate heart, hold a warm hand.


Find more information about Hannah and her work:

- Website and blog

- Facebook author page

- Twitter

- Thorstruck Press author page

- Goodreads

- Instagram

- Pinterest

- Tsu

- LinkedIn

- Amazon author page

- Psychic Confessions

- Casablanca, My Heart

- Casablanca, My Heart (audiobook)

- The Secrets of Castle Drakon

1 comment:

Hannah said...

Thank you so much for this interview, dearest Maria and sorry for my late reply. Was offline for a while but will start sharing now. Better late than never! Hugs, xxxx