Leave a comment and you could win a copy of her book. I will pick a winner next week.
Lisa B. won a copy of His Reign by Sascha Illyvich. A copy has already been sent to her.
Now on to the interview.
Q1) Welcome to my blog, Zrinka. Can you tell us a little about yourself
One of the most dreaded questions on job interviews. I never know what they would want to hear, if I’m volunteering too much info, giving the wrong impression. But I’m assuming I’m safe here, so here we go. I love to lose myself in a good book, and I love to lose myself in writing a good book. It’s hard to find time for both. A full time job takes most of my day, then the house chores, two kids and if there’s a time at the end of the day, I usually dedicate it to my writing.
Q2) You're my kind of girl. So, have you always wanted to be an author?
No, although I love to make up stories and alternate versions of movies or books, I never put the pen to the paper. Once actually, I wrote the story by hand, in grade seven (I think) and somehow every girl wanted to read it.
Q3) Another late bloomer like me. Do you have favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
There are a few famous ones like C.S. Lewis, Arturo Perez Reverte, Danielle Steel (got me into romances), and I’m still being influenced by some emerging authors like Liv Rancourt and Sharon Kramer and Debbie Christiana.
Q4) Great authors. Tell us what a typical writing day for you is like.
Usually a few hours at the end of the day that I can dedicate to my craft of love. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t plot and jot things throughout the day.
Q5) Now, let’s talk about your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?
My latest release is titled “Deck the Halls” just like the song and it’s a Christmas novella with a shape shifter Zach and a human girl Julie.
Here's the blurb:
Q6) How did you come up with the idea for this story?
This story spun in my head for some time now, but I didn’t know exactly what’s going to come out of it until I started writing it down. Then I thought to submit it to holiday anthology as a short story, but the word count kept going up and by the time it was done it reached almost 22K.
Q7) Looks good. What's up next for you?
I’m working on the prequel to “Bonded by Crimson”, titled “Rose of Crimson” For those of you who read Bonded, I’ll delight you by taking you back to Kate’s university days when Matthias influenced her to write his story. I know some readers commented that it wasn’t clear on how he managed to do this, and it was merely mentioned in Bonded, but once you read the Rose, you’ll see that I couldn’t spill it all out in Bonded.
Q8) What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
If you have a very supportive family and friends, you ‘re lucky, but don’t completely relay on them, because a true reader will come along someone who doesn’t know you and will post the review as it is. And you may not like it, truth hurts, but truth doesn’t care. While your family and friends may give you glowing reviews and praise your work, do take some writing workshops. Familiarize yourself with guidelines such as POV, telling vs. showing, active vs. passive voice, proper dialogue, echoing words, grammar and such. It’s very hard for reader to wade through the script if you’re head hopping. Long paragraphs are a hurdle to go through. And join some critique group, have someone else read your work and be open to all critiques. Know that in the draft stages is the time to make and correct errors. and hopefully learn from mistakes.
Q9) What is the next book on your To Read Pile that you are dying to jump into?
“Wickedly they Come” by Cathrina Constantine
Q10) Is there anything else you would like to add?
Keep writing, you can only get better at it if you stick by it.
Favorite city: Paris, France, though I never visited, someday soon, I hope
Favorite beverage: Jasmine tea
Favorite place you’d like to visit: I guess that would be Paris, France
Favorite place to write: my couch
Favorite hobby: writing, but I do enjoy crafts like knitting, if only there’s time
Favorite movie: The Wedding Singer
Favorite book: Can’t just name one, too many to list
A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, Zrinka Jelic writes contemporary fiction—which leans toward the paranormal—and sometimes adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic’s love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but when it rains, it pours.