Cafébabel: The modern world can be complex for some people. How would you explain your work to a child?
Elvira Lindo: My job is to invent stories and to tell them in such a way that they are attractive to children or adults. It consists of creating a story, writing it, and that the readers believe it.
Cafébabel: Like Bowie said, we can all be heroes, even if only for a day. What is something you always wished to do and have never done?
Elvira Lindo: Attending to a mother who has just given birth. I would love it. For that, of course, the poor mother would have to find herself in a desperate situation with only the assistance of myself. But I believe that if childbirth is simple it wouldn't be difficult for me and it would seem to me the most beautiful act in the world: to help give life to a human being.
Cafébabel: For many people, Europe is distant, inaccessible, and boring. How could we make it more attractive?
Elvira Lindo: Who said that Europe is boring? I don’t see it that way. Europe has been a dream of cooperation and coexistence that arose after the Second World War. Europe was a catastrophe during the two world wars. It cannot become a hostile place; we must fight because it is not ruined. It would be bad news for the world that the place where the concept of a society of well-being was coined succumbed to social inequality and everything that that entails. It would also close its doors to those who flee from hunger and war. And I am afraid that this is happening. Europe must not lose its founding principles. We must fight to maintain that essence which made it different from any place in the world.
Cafébabel: What infuriates you the most in the present world?
Elvira Lindo: The huge disparity between a few rich men and the millions of poor. Also the strangulation from which that middle-class suffers.
Cafébabel: Society demands perfection, but what failure do you best tolerate?
Elvira Lindo: Political incorrectness. I plead for the freedom of expression although it is not in agreement with what I hear or I read. I usually end up compromising with the faux-pa.
Cafébabel: It seems the Internet knows everything about everyone, but what is it that Google still doesn't know about you?
Elvira Lindo: I have tried to make it so that the first thing a person learns who enters my name in Google is my version of the facts, in such a way that the first pages that appear are mine. But Google knows too much about me. It knows if I change addresses, which worries me, which I like. A lot. Now I just believe in actual privacy, never in the virtual one.
Cafébabel: If you had to campaign to become the spokeswoman for young people of the world, what would be your slogan?
Elvira Lindo: Without decent pay there is no freedom.
Cafébabel: What is first thing that you do in the morning, whatever it may be?
Elvira Lindo: Have breakfast while I listen to the radio.
Cafébabel: If you could invent something that doesn't exist yet, what would it be?
Elvira Lindo: Teleportation. I hate flying.
Cafébabel: I have never understood, why are we Spanish peculiar? [in reference to her opinion column published in El País May 21st, 2016]
Elvira Lindo: Because we both embrace and emit our country's plagues. We are, perhaps, too vehement, rarely reflective, and it costs us to see in the long-term. Foreigners love that, it seems to them that we know how to live the present. And it is true, but I lack something of moderation, good sense, silence to listen to another.
Cafébabel: What do you think is going to happen the 26th of January? What would you like to happen?
Elvira Lindo: That there is a Government, of course, and that there is a change. It would frustrate me very much if the Popular Party remained in power.