Interview with Kathie Bondar

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Fate had it, that I lived a nomadic life. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1937 I lived there til the summer of 1945. Due to famine conditions in the capital, needy children were placed in foster homes in the country. This way I lived in three different homes in three villages. Back in Budapest in 1949, I was again on the road in 1956, as a consequence of the uprising.
Went to Oslo, Norway for a few years, then to Calgary, Canada in 1961. My book "Voices from the parallel universe" starts with an autobiographical section.
When did you first start writing?
I was, I think about 12 years old when I began to write poetry. My brother who was three years older with an obsession to draw, found my poem I have just finished, said it was too good for me, I must have stolen it. I never wrote poetry again. I could not not write, though, and began writing essays, careful to hide them from my big bully of a brother who had academic difficulties at school but was an excellent visual artist.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The subject matter is telepathy, dream interpretation and reincarnation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sports, housekeeping
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
City slum children on a summer camp
What do you read for pleasure?
Describe your desk
A Pc and a laptop
Published 2013-08-22.
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