OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity / work

Yulia Ganetskaya: My name is Yulia Ganetskaya, I was born in Uzbekistan, and now living in Japan. My husband and I own a small cultured pearl farm. I have been writing since childhood. At first these were small stories for myself and my friends. There were publications in magazines and newspapers, school magazines. My first full novel was conceived four years ago. In my opinion, it took an unforgivably long time to write.The result exceeds all my expectations and the novel “The War United Us” received deserved recognition among readers.

OCA: How did you choose your path and who is your role model in the creative space or life?

YG: I adore Dostoevsky with his ability to subtly emphasise the nuances of the human soul in his works and read Pikul’s novels. It was the works of Valentin Pikul that prompted me to write my novel. Of course, I am far from the great writers of Russia but they became the example for me and they are my teachers.

OCA: What is your main achievement in 2021-2022?

YG: In the summer of 2021, my novel was published by the Ridero publishing house. After the publication I remembered the Open Eurasia contest in which I decided to take part. I am very glad that my work was appreciated and I got second place in the Prose category and third place in the category “Best Female Author“.

OCA: What is the main feature that makes you and your art/work unique?

YG: The plot of the novel “The War United Us” was based on the story of my family. My great-grandmother became a victim of the revolution. Hiding from Soviet power, she had to leave her home, witnessing the death of her parents and brothers .I think this is what distinguishes my novel from other works.

OCA: Tell us, please, about the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) and projects that you have already taken part in and how does ECG influence your creativity and success in your work?

YG: Winning in the Open Eurasia contest convinced me that I was on the right track. It was a happiness for me to know that my work is appreciated and this inspires me for new works.

OCA: What is your motivation and the main aim of your creativity?

YG: The motivation for me is the victory in the contest and warm feedback from readers. I’m full of ideas and inspiration and I really hope that in the next contest I will get first place.

OCA: What would you wish for the members of the Guild and other creative people, just starting their career? 

YG: I am very grateful to the members of the guild for the opportunity to express themselves and declare their creative to the whole world. I wish the members of the guild health, success in their work and inspiration.

First of all, I advise aspiring authors and poets not to be afraid to express themselves. Do not give up after failure and create in the name of art.