Interview with Dorit Kedar

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in The Middle East (Israel), Africa (Ethiopia and Eritrea), Europe (Spain) Switzerland) and accomplished my studies in The States. The multi-cultural was a must to survive.
When did you first start writing?
As I was always the stranger, the different, the other - I have developed the habit to write in my personal and secret diary the daily obstacles and problems I had to deal with.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The multi-cultural and multi-religious background of my childhood and youth exposed me to the existent conflictive issues among people, thereafter I have started to continuously and thoroughly study the idiosyncrasy as well as the common ground of the human belief systems.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success
Smashwords is a fabulous way and path to reach open minded people around the world, exposing them to a new outlook on culture and religion.
What do your readers mean to you?
My potential readers are extremely meaningful as they could spread the word of tolerance and inter-religious understanding.
What are you working on next?
My assistants are now working on translation and edition of my book "Cab Story" These stories are based on the unexpected, the fantasy, the temptations, the sorrow ,the sexuality, the capital sins or non-sins of humanity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teach, learn, take care of my animals asylum for lost cats, walk my three dogs, clean the garden, plant, take my nephews to the theatre, dance companies, concerts.. visit sick and agonizing people, have coffee with my friends…
What is your writing process?
My writing process, similarly to my artwork, begins its life as an abstract idea and heart, there it grows, becomes till it is ready for birth.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I suppose it is The Little Prince by Saint Exupery who wanders among the planets, meets bizarre people and animals, all lonely , and when wishing to return to his own planet and to the beloved rose he left behind, he realizes that only by dying , he probable the journey back home…
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The five books are the following:
The Bible -for its richness of the mythic elements, the variety of characters, prose and poetry, proverbs and drama.. .
Don Quijote de La Mancha by Cervantes - The complexity of human nature, the dreamers versus the materialists, idealism in opposition to the empirical, subjectivity and objectivity as impossible tools to touch Life.
The poetry of Rabindranath Tagore – for the very fine fusion between the beauty of the words and the wisdom of the ideas, poetry and philosophy.
The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh for the futility of Force and battle, the craving for the Unknown and the last lesson of humbleness.
Selected tales of Pu Songling - for the subtlety merging the real and the imagined, Mystery and the routine, the tension between the style of the prose which prefers directness and the secrecy of symbolic object, people and events.
Published 2013-12-12.
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Books by This Author

Cab Story
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Plays » Women Authors, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Taxi drivers that come across varied human phenomena and try to make sense of them are at the heart of this play. In each of the fourteen segments that make up the play starts off a tragic-comic voyage, starting with the driver’s basic function as a vehicle transporting the passenger from A to B and gearing towards unfolding stories of human conditions and of most basic of urges.
The Book of Inter-religious Peace in Word and Image
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 21,390. Language: American English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
The Book suggests evolving the Wisdom of the Heart by considering the life of the great mystics and their appreciation of God's fingerprints in Nature. One may, therefore, cultivate the Way of Love, unconstrained by comparison, hierarchy, and pre-concepts, usually existent in territorial thinking.