Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Your earlier novels were set in older times, exotic (at least for Europeans) countries, and reminded more of old legends and fairy tales. But in recent novels, as Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym you turn to the contemporary world. What is the reason for such a shift?

In fact, there is no time frame mention in The Devil & Miss Prym, or in The Alchemist. As for The Pilgrimage, my first book, it takes place in 1986, very recent and very realistic. I feel free to write, and therefore I have books that go back in time (The Fifth Mountain), timeless (The Alchemist, The Devil & Miss Prym), contemporary (Rio Piedra, Veronika, Pilgrimage), for example.