Terra Leigh Bell is the latest author published by Babel/Salvage. In August of 2011, she began reading Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and translated by Tobias Smollett. The Smollett translation struck her as particularly beautiful, and after about six months of reading the book, a poem began to write itself in response to the strange beauty and melancholy whimsy of the novel. Beltenebros, or the Beautiful Obscure is the result. We chatted with her a while back. She lived in Seattle at the time of the interview but now resides in Portland, Oregon. Have a read.
Who are you and why are you here?
Let’s say you meet a person whose only sense was a sense of smell. What combination of scents would you use to describe Beltenebros to this person?
If Don Quixote were a contemporary character, what sort of profession might he have? Hobbies?
Aside from literary influences, what in life inspires and informs your writing? Music, visual arts, food, sciences?
You’re dead. Your life is being turned into a movie. Who’s making it (directing, writing, etc.), who’s starring in it, and is it sticking to the facts?
What is your personal philosophy of literature or writing, if you have one? If you don’t have one, how do you make it through the day?
You can also keep up with the author at http://leighandharriet.blogspot.com/