Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a mom, visual artist, screenwriter, Shaolin Kungfu martial artist, and Yoga teacher.
After spending years living in the US, UK, China
and South Africa, I’m now back in Berlin, Germany.
( Grew up in a secluded Transylvanian village, my Dad is Transylvanian).
It’s just finished and launched my debut novel ‘You don’t now me’… a trilogy & I’m now working on the next book – Mosquito Dance.
I’ve studied Screenwriting in the UK, sold a few projects… right now I’m working with an upcoming director, Miguel Angelo Pate, on a screenplay based on the true story of a war orphan. It involves human trafficking but it also has the slow style of DRIVE. It’s not a thriller. But yeah, at the moment some of the concerns I have for this world & the children growing up on this planet are often intertwined in my story sup-plots.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
‘You Don’t Know Me’ is my debut novel. I think the second book won’t be as ‘hard’ to read as book one. From book one, the reader knows the very flawed world we’re in. Well, in other words, our parallel realities. Crazily enough such realities even exist.
LIFE experience & whatever is going on in society & politics… inspires me. Oh, and powerful personal female stories. Females are so strong!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
in between work, cooking, cleaning, doing homework with my kid…
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Nordic Noir writers at the moment… Henning Mankell especially but he sadly passed away a while ago.
What are you working on now?
The sequel – Mosquito Dance … but I’m also gathering ideas for my psychological thriller on bullying & teenage suicide.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Personal contact with people I’ve met & respect. I’m only now getting my head wrapped around this – trying social media for instance… whatever you have to do as a – ONE WOMAN show… not a one MAN show, as I’m not a male.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be brave & bold. Explore & try and find your voice. If it feels right, no matter how uncomfortable you may feel, stick to it. It’s your voice.
Don’t give up – life is too short. You only regret what you didn’t do. Or dare trying.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Move on. Next. Don’t dwell on the past. Look ahead! There is always a crack where the light shines through!
What are you reading now?
Missing in Malmö – Hear your body whisper – Victim without a face – Transcending the Maya Matrix & Sold by Blair Denholm
What’s next for you as a writer?
Become a better writer, try to keep my English going and improve it so that books are better reads!
And, oh yes, Spain is coming up… a mix of holiday, writing retreat and just sinking into the sun after such a long winter!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Jo Nesbo . Henning Mankell & Woody Allen Screenplays for a laugh. Also, plenty of Survival guides on how to make it on stranded islands – how to build shags, walk on water, turn salt water into drinking water. Oh, and my own book, so I can hold it when dying on that island in case I’m not pulling through.