Author Interview: Cristina Bresser de Campos

 First of all, please introduce yourself.

I am Brazilian, graduated by Universidade Federal do Parana in Graphic Design. I already have two published books, both in Portuguese: Torre de Papel (Paper Tower) in 2005 - short stories anthology with other authors. “Quase tudo é risível” (Almost Everything is Laughable) a novel, Nov 2016. 


I studied Creative Writing at University of Edinburgh in 2016. I have some short stories and poems published in English by American, British, Greek and Indian literary magazines. In 2017: Northern Light, 121 Words, Ariel Chart, Wanton Fuckery Poetry, A New Ulster, The Silver Streams, Bashabandhan Literary Review, The University of Edinburgh Journal, Flight Writing, Red Queen Literary Magazine, Star 82 Review, Dodging the Rain, Quail Bell Magazine. In 2018, Former Cactus Lit., the Runt Zine, Wild Flower Muse, Fluky Fiction (a short story and a poem in this printed anthology), Nous Magazine. My website: www.cristinabresser.com.br


What is love, anyway?

I wish I knew.



What does it FEEL like when you fall in love?

It feels like an imminent disaster. I feel anguish, unsettled, I have insomnia and stomach ache.



Can you remember the first time you were “in love”?

Oh yes. I was 3 years old and he was 7yo. He was my hero, my role model. My first-degree cousin, my best friend and my mentor until I was 18yo.


Why him? Why her?

Because he was bold and adventurous, I wish I were him.


Is there a difference between love and romance?

Love is real, romance is fantasy.


Is love “real”?  

Love is so real that it hurts most of the times.


Describe the worst date 

The worst dates are the blind dates. All of them.


Describe the best date

At the beach, always.




Weirdest gift given to you by a sweetheart.

Stationary with my name printed on it. It was so not romantic, mainly after I discovered that his mom had bought them for me.


What is your overall opinion of the romance genre? Do you enjoy it? Hate it?

I hate most of them. It is so predictable. Happily ever after makes me sick. #getareallife!


Romance and erotica are the highest selling genres (making about $1.55 billion a year). WHY!?

Because they are easy to understand, people do not have to think about the plot. They just push the catharsis button on and dive into the fantasy.



Is there a romance book or film that you dislike and can’t understand why other people enjoy it?

Romeo and Juliet.


What are some of the most irritating cliches in romance books and films?

They are ALL about irritating cliches...


“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Do you agree with this statement?

No! I would rather something like this: to love and being loved is not enough...



Brazilian author Cristina Bresser de Campos has a short story ("The Eternal Embrace") and a poem ("Our Straightjacket Love") featured in The Muse and The Flame: a Collection of Bizarre Romance. Want to learn more about Cristina? Check out her webpage!


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