This week we have a special feature: an interview with the author! Cathy Marie Buchanan is both a writer and a sewist, and has shared some of both of those worlds with us. Read on for more!


photo credit: Heather Pollock

1. Welcome Cathy, and thank you for taking the time to do this interview for the Literary Sewing Circle! Can you tell us a bit about how you came to write The Painted Girls? What was the genesis of the story?

Years ago, I happened on a television documentary called The Private Life of a Masterpiece: Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. I would learn Marie van Goethem, an impoverished student at the Paris Opéra Ballet School, had modelled for the famous Edgar Degas sculpture. I would also learn that on its unveiling back in 1881, the public linked Little Dancer with a life of vice and young girls for sale. She was called a “flower of the... [read more]