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Tuesday 28 November 2017

12 Curly Questions with author Mona Golabek

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I love travelling and seeing the world and meeting new people and learning as much as I can all the time. I have been to 50 countries.

2. What is your nickname? 
My mother, Lisa, used to call me 'Monala'.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Losing people that I love. Living
in a world where we don’t find
the way to respect and love each other.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words. 
My co-author and I wrote from our hearts.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer. 
Loving, poetic, imaginative, colorful, musical.

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
Lisa, of course (from The Children of Willesden Lane)! She has passion, guts, courage, and a will to make something of her life and follow her dreams.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
I would go back to Vienna in the early 1800s and would love to meet Beethoven!

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
Wow, Mona! You followed your dream and you did it!

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
Lisa , my mother.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I woke up one day many years ago, after being hired to perform the Grieg piano concerto and thought I wanted to share my mother’s story with the world. I thought if I could write a book, I could inspire so many readers to follow their dreams, just like Lisa Jura! Then I met Lee and we started to write her story.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Courage. Courage to stand up for what is right, courage to make a difference, courage to follow your dreams.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
That is such a tough question. There are so many wonderful, amazing books in the world to inspire all of us. But if I had to choose, it would be Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. I cried so much reading that book when I was 11 years old and have never forgotten the feelings in my heart. I hope our book, The Children of Willesden Lane, will inspire so many young readers and they will keep the story close in their hearts. 

Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally celebrated concert pianist, and star of the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane. For more information, see www.holdontoyourmusic.org.