60 Second Tête-à-tête
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In celebration of my first publication of short stories, I thought I would interview my other self in a 60 second interview. Okay, it took 70 seconds but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy!
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Why have you decided to write under a pseudonym?
There are two main reasons. Firstly, my married name Burggraf is quite difficult to pronounce properly. I’ve been called Bergraf, Buggeroff and Bug-raf - by family members alone. When I was teaching in schools, the children in my class simply called me Mrs B. And we won’t mention the publications where my name has been misspelt. Secondly, for my short stories, I wanted a name that people could remember with ease. Tessa Castello is an Italian take on Burggraf – Burg=castle and Graf=count/ess, and reflects my short story writing persona well.
Your stories don’t fall into one particular genre. Was this intentional?
Generally, life doesn’t stick to one particular ‘genre’ – it is unpredicatable. That’s what I love about writing short stories – I can explore a multitude of situations.
Do your stories reflect aspects of your own life?
I don’t set out to base a story on my own experiences, but there are elements of me in each story. For instance, I do have a blue rose tattoo, I did work at a bedding company selling mattresses and I have stepped out of my comfort zone in order to achieve something worthwhile.
Do you have a favourite story?
For me, there is something special in all of the stories. I don’t have one particular favourite.
What are your hopes and aspirations for this collection?
Naturally, as a writer, my main objective is to entertain the reader. Readers are so important, and without them, writing would be futile – you can’t have one with the other.
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