Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My writing journey started amidst the air alerts that announced the outbreak of war in Croatia after Croatia proclaimed its independence. I wrote my first two books in 1991 when I still wanted to believe and think that life is normal, that everything is all right with the world. But it wasn’t. The world had gone crazy, and this was my answer to the madness, killing, and hatred. My stories were both my weapon and my cry for peace. Through writing I wanted to document everything that was going on so we would remember it and never repeat it again.
I was in my early twenties then, but I think we all grew up very quickly faced with the new reality and the years of nightmares and national hatred that ruled our lives. I had to part with my best friends who fled to Sweden to save their lives. Many people didn’t get to save themselves. Many ended up tragically, tortured, imprisoned, killed. I dedicated my first two books to all of them. As much as it is mine, they are also their stories, their truth.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I don’t know if this is something unique or quirky about me, but I am obsessed with water. I love water, the smell of the sea, the splashing sound of the waves against the rocks or when they crawl on the sandy beach. And I enjoy walking on the sunny side of the street in the company of my shadow because I like to be warm and sometimes there is too much darkness in me. I am also a vortex of emotions which reflects in my writing too.
What are some of your pet peeves?
As a writer, I have a couple of pet peeves: poorly edited books with lots of typos and ugly covers. My pet peeve is also a lack of time for all the things I want do to, a constant struggle and running after something under everyday pressure. Aggressive people are also a big annoyance. I have zero tolerance for aggression because no one deserves to be treated like that. And I don’t like when people talk in movie theaters, so I prefer watching movies alone.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and grew up in Zagreb, Croatia. I am still here until the road takes me somewhere else. A change would be nice since I have spent all of my life here, so far. To see new places and maybe meet in person some of the amazing people I have befriended online. To inject a bit of adventure into my life and just travel the road.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Provided I could do that, I would go to the place of my dreams and enjoy every second in the company of my best friends.
Who is your hero and why?
The first person who comes to my mind is Leonardo DiCaprio. Super talented and successful actor who uses his fame and fortune for a greater cause: helping our planet and saving life on it. That speaks volumes about what kind of person he is. Leo is not the only one, though. There are plenty of others who can be qualified as my heroes, but I always admired him a lot ever since I saw his first movies.