Interview with Radoslav Chugaly

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a contemporary artist, or rather, I am a tool of art. Among other art forms is, inevitably, writing and it demands to be written. But, it also demands to be seen and distributed. In my country, it is easier not to write than to publish something. Hence this.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, it is a bit early to say, but so far I've been heard of in many places that were inaccessible to me before Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The moment I'm seeking for the right word to complete my thought and it suddenly shines in my mind. That shining is the greatest joy of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my greatest friends, I have nothing but love for them.
What are you working on next?
The moment I'm seeking for the right word to complete my thought and it suddenly shines in my mind. That shining is the greatest joy of all. Currently, I'm translating some stories written in Serbian to English, attempting to convert a short story to a graphic novel and there is a concept for an epistemic novel.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a contemporary artist, my work is not only in wrting, but also in fine arts and performances. Usually, I look over the web for free images for commercial use, find a good one that reflects the idea of the book an than use it to create cover for my book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's hard to pick only five, but at the top are:
1. Neverending story by Michael Ende
2. The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
3. Dresden files by Jim Butcher
4. Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and
5. Rabies by Borislav Pekić

I enjoy fiction, diving head first in imaginary worlds, doing things impossible to humans. Simple as that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Usually my PC, I do own a tablet but find it to small for reading. I do not own a mobile phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None so far, my country has limited choices and the market for eBooks is very narrow.
When did you first start writing?
Well, I wrote as a child, and as I grew up so did my writing skill. Hopefully, some day I'll even become a fairly good at it.
Published 2016-12-11.
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Books by This Author

Pijavica
You set the price! Words: 46,440. Language: Serbian. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Duga priča o posebnim ljudima, posebnim događajima i posebnim mestima. Potpuno fantazijsko viđenje smešteno u realan svet, ali bez dokazanog i stvarnog uporišta u realnosti. Pitka novela o avanturama čudnovato zamešenog pojedinca, u kojoj se otkriva i kako i koliko je on zapravo samo deo mnogo većeg i starijeg plana.
Gospodar lutaka
You set the price! Words: 25,880. Language: Serbian. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Nastavak priče o svetovima demona i vila, spoju jednih i drugih kroz nepodeljivu ljubav, jedna od verzija nezaustavljive veze između dvoje mladih koji se vole. Novela koja pokriva sve, od detinjastih prijateljstava, preko ratova i mržnji, do konačne spoznaje večnih veza koje stvara ljubav.
Kneževa Iskra
You set the price! Words: 24,210. Language: Serbian. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Knez je potomak vladara Demonije, jedino njegovo dete, princ naslednik. Upoznaje nemoguću ljubav koja ga vodi ka odricanju od vlastitog nasleđa i putu u nepoznatu budućnost. Na tom vekovnom putu, sasvim slučajno, upoznaje moćno ljudsko dete koje obučava i gradi u čarobnicu kakve nije bilo ranije. Uspevši u tome, stvara svoju jedinu šansu da ostvari vlastiti cilj, iako skoro nehotično.
Začarani krug
You set the price! Words: 29,950. Language: Serbian. Published: March 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Začarani krug je treća zbirka pripovedaka labavo zasnovanih na slovenskoj mitologiji. Oštrija priča od dve prethodne zbirke, sa više akcije i borbenih dešavanja. Završni deo literarnog triptiha nazvanog "Besmrtnici" u kojem formiram svoju polaznu tačku za dalje pisanje, a koji još čine "Knjiga o Mitru" i "Prodavnica čuda".
Prodavnica čuda
You set the price! Words: 29,010. Language: Serbian. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Svako od nas ponekad poželi nešto što nema, svakom od nas je ponekad potrebno pravo čudo i nebeska intervencija. Na nesreću, takva intervencija često izostane. Prodavnica čuda to zna, zbog toga nam i nudi mala, malecka čuda. Da nas probudi onda kada smo najuspavaniji i povede nas ka suštinskoj istini. Istini koja je vrlo jednostavna: Ako želiš čudo - budi čudo.
Vlati trave
You set the price! Words: 2,940. Language: Serbian. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Zbirka pesama "Vlati trave" nastala je kao svojevrstan omaž Voltu Vitmenu, nežnom džinu među pesnicima. Nalazim mnogo sličnosti između sebe i njega, najpre po gabaritima jer sam i ja "veliki" pesnik (kilo na kilo, veći sam od većine). Drugo, što je jako važan motivator u mom slučaju, Volt je pisao kao običan čovek, neuštogljen i otvoren. Tu nekako nalazim i sebe.
Knjiga o Mitru i druge priče
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,590. Language: Serbian. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Adventure » General
Zbirka kratkih priča sa motivima iz slovenske mitologije, pisana srpskim jezikom ponešto arhaičnog izraza. Tople, ljudske priče, često teraju suze na oči, ali suze su dobre jer bistre poglede i peru dušu.
Recombination
Price: Free! Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The story begins in a hospital bed with our hero stricken by amnesia. He feels well, and soon discovers that he truly is. Even more than well. His path takes him through a whirlwind of events ending in a surprise only he can understand. A story created as a possible template for a graphic novel or a movie.
Two Tales Without a Head
Price: Free! Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Two stories that helped as a template for my novel. Main character is Peter, half-demon and a Dragon's great-grandson. Using his powers he aids the villagers avoid supernatural threats during their everyday life. The first tale is about his coming-to-age and learning the truth about himself, and the second is his first big adventure.
The Book of Answers
You set the price! Words: 45,790. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Peter is a Zduchach, half-demon form Serbia. Most of his days are related to the activities his kind is bound to do - protect the crop, regulate the weather, help those in need of supernatural aid. To others, he is just another big city dealer of homemade products from the country, cheese, brandy, vegetables and fruit. On one call he is led to an adventure beyond anything he ever imagined.