Exclusive Interview with
When did you start writing?
At age 5! As soon as I could put sentences together. I wrote two stories: one about a boy exploring planets; another about a cat that orders a robot version of himself to do all his chores. Great stuff!
What makes writing your passion?
It's always been there. Can't really explain it. I have to do it or go even crazier than I already am.
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Excitement and fear. It's like dropping your pants in public.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Getting noticed and the snobbery against self-published writers. We have festivals celebrating do-it-yourself musicians and filmmakers, but god forbid the publishing establishment comes across a self-pub writer. It's like we are lepers.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I only write when I have something to say. I'm a binge writer. I often go years in between projects.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I read the first wave, and once I find one person that truly "gets it", that's all I need. Don't read the rest. I'm very thin-skinned and should probably not be involved in the creative arts!
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All of them are 93% true.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Who is your favorite author? Why?
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I always wanted to be the love child of Charles Bukowski, George Orwell, and Ernest Hemingway, if that was scientifically possible.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
Once I set my stories free into the world, I never reread them, because you always find 1000 things you don't like. It has to end at some point and you just have to say: "here it is, warts and all."