Interview with Author Pauline Kramer Saxon – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Pauline Kramer Saxon

Author Pauline Kramer Saxon was born into a family of strong characters who influenced every part of her life. From her mother she received the gifts of a good sense of humour and unlined skin as well as a creative eye. From her father she received a taste for the finer things in life- beautiful music and tasty food and wine as well as a love of good conversation. They also instilled in her a sense of gratitude for the gift of being an Australian and an appreciation of all this country has to offer.

Pauline lives in Sydney with her very handsome husband and two adorable poodles. She relishes her daily drive to her shop SECRET WOMENS BUSINESS over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and twice a day she takes a sneaky peak over to the Opera House . Her spare time is spent travelling the world, going to the opera, knitting and cooking fine meals for her many friends.

Tell me more about your book

In my 15 years as owner of SECRET WOMENS BUSINESS LINGERIE, when people found out what I do for a living, they’d respond with “I bet you have loads of stories!”. It’s true. When my customers are naked in a changeroom they tell me everything! So, I thought I should write down some of these stories. I also talk about my family’s history in lingerie as both my parents and grandparents were manufacturers, and I would spend my childhood school holidays in the factory cutting threads and soaking up the atmosphere of beautiful garments for beautiful women.

Each chapter in the book has the central theme of lingerie and how it affected the life of the person I am writing about.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The people in my book are all real- although their names and descriptions are changed. Everything happened. The most important thing for me in telling their stories has been to honour them and their lives.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

This is my first book. Of course, I sent it off to the big publishing houses but then Covid hit so I thought “Bugger it! I’ll publish it myself. Life is too short, and you never know what it around the corner.” I was recommended INHOUSE PUBLISHING by one of my customers and approached them and they helped me through the full process.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

In all honesty it’s been a very interesting process. I don’t consider myself to be a *writer*.  I am just a lady who owns a lingerie store and people have trusted me enough to share their stories with me. I guess I have an unusual way of writing each chapter. I suffer a bit from insomnia and as I would be lying in bed, the first line of the chapter would come to me- then the last line. I would then go the next day and fill in the story and that was it. Each chapter would appear fully formed.

How many books have you written so far?

This has been my first book. However, since I have released it, people are coming into my shop and asking if I want to interview them for the next book!!!!

What’s the best way to market your books?

I sell my book very well through my shop and also my website. I have also found that word of mouth has been a great way for word to get around.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Make writing it’s own reward.

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