“Look for ideas and characters that have buried energy”, suggests author Eva Stachniak, “for this energy will have to sustain you over many long months or years of work. Before you commit yourself to an idea know that it is strong enough not run out of steam.”
Eva has certainly not run out of steam, having just added The Chosen Maiden to a roster of best-selling novels including The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies and Garden of Venus.
Old or new, tradition or innovation, safety – or passion? These are the choices that face Bronia Nijinsky in Eva’s lush and exciting new historical fiction novel described by the Library Journal and Publishers Weekly as “exquisite”. Sister of the great Vaslay Nijinsky, Bronia is a gifted young ballerina, struggling to prove herself her brother’s equal in the rigid world of ballet. But when war and revolution intervene, she must learn to navigate a new and uncertain world that brings her into contact with the greats of her era, from Anna Pavlova and Sege Diagheliv to Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso.
Born in Wrocław, Poland, Eva came to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and taught English and Humanities at Sheridan College. She lives in Toronto.