Paulo Coelho

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Today’s Question by Anne-Marie

Author: Paulo Coelho

People in your books are people from real life ? Or do you get inspirated by people you met in your life?

Flaubert once said that he was Mme Bovary, well, I am my books and they are part of my soul. My characters allow me to explore my soul since they incarnate all my doubts and hopes. Athena embodies my feminine side, my compassionate side. But in this case, she is also a real person, a flight attendant that I saw dancing in Transilvania. We started talking, and this is how the storyline was developed.

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