What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? In my opinion, what makes the story alive is writer’s ability to emotionally connect with his characters, especially the protagonist. If the writer can forget about himself and “pour” his emotions into his imaginary friends (characters), then they have a freedom to express themselves and lead the story in unexpected directions. I think the biggest challenge is to maintain these intensive, close relationships with characters regardless of the mood.
Most writers are introverts who are not used to sharing their sadness and frustration with others. However, characters have to feel all of it: sadness, frustration, shame, anger, fear and all the other “undesirable” emotions that make us human. This is what makes the characters come alive. So, staying in a close relationship with them, and writing every day regardless of the mood, is the most challenging, but also the most enriching thing that a writer can do for his writing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m currently resting after writing three novels in a row in the last three years, but I would love to share a short description of my most recent novel Return Of the Genius, which I plan to publish by the end of the year. Here it is…
Nicki Terura, a popcorn vendor and marijuana dealer, on the Adriatic island of Hvar where she was born, meets a fragile, introverted inventor whose IQ soars to 180 after being struck by lightning. Pressed by straitened circumstances and the fear that her 92-year old grandmother could fall ill and die because of the leaking roof, Nicki agrees to a dodgy job on the yacht Kairos where the “genius” and his greedy brother are experimenting with a “happy cap,” an invention that one of the greatest geniuses of all time – Nikola Tesla – was involved in.
Writing this novel was such a good emotional rollercoaster. I can’t wait to share it with my readers!
What would you like the readers to get from reading your book? I would like them to feel Dahlia’s kaleidoscope world and to think about these questions:
If there is a line between subjective and objective experience, between fantasy and reality, where is it? Are we, humans, multidimensional beings who mingle on many levels or are these levels just fantasy?
What inspired you to write this book? As a psychologist, I have an invaluable opportunity to explore the hidden dimensions of people’s minds. In my early twenties, I was impressed by edgy phenomena such as lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences. Now, at 37, it is reality that impresses me, while the edgy perspective has moved into the realm of fiction. I wanted to connect all those perspectives and experiences into one engaging story.
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Genre – Psychological Thriller
Rating – PG