On the 6th of February, as part of Distant Starless Nights’ promotion tour, a roundtable has taken place in the New-York’s National Arts Club with Douglas Kennedy, France’s bestselling American author. During one passionate hour, they talked about what inspires their novels and the importance of setting. What a great time!
Distant Starless Night: a meaningful project in Myriam Ullens’ life
Myriam Ullens delivered the genesis of this first novel with great emotion. She first explained that the author who inspired her was sitting right next to her! She also expressed that to build a story “You can’t construct it without a problem.” ; and that “You need to have empathy for your characters.”
With regards to Distant Starless Nights, Myriam told she first started out thinking about writing her memoir but she instantly wanted to be more creative. She was also very interested in writing an old school adventure story. It is set in all the places (Paris, London, China…) she knows best as they are so distinct and dynamic.
Then, for the ultimate question about her writing goal, after pausing for a while, Myriam explained: “I want one day tell my grandchildren the story of my life…This is the starting point of the story of Kimberly Rochester.”
A magical moment!