Interview with Nataša Dolenc

Published 2014-05-18.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Always hated to pick favorites...but I'll try to limit this selection to top five.
1) Starting with poetry - Leaves of grass by Walt Whitman - I love to keep in touch with nature, it's a really good teacher, and that is shown in this book. It's the kind of book when you start reading it, it just flows onward and it's hard to stop. And it's also the perfect companion on hikes; climb a mountain, sit down in the grass and read this. Perfect.
2) Calvin and Hobbes. I know it's not a typical book, but it's such a joy to read it, it's really a book for adults, there's so much concept in them and truths about life. I just regret I didn't find them sooner.
3) The name of the rose by Umberto Eco - it's a perfect combination of murder mystery and history. When I was younger I loved reading Agatha Christies books, and ever since I enjoy reading such "mysteries"; I do fancy myself a detective ;)
4) The mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - I heard of him in high school, when we read a short part of a chapter and it really pulled me in and had to buy it to read the rest. I don't really know why, but I love Hardy's work in general, and this particular one just stayed with me.
5) The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss - is actually the first book in the series, I'm currently reading the second one. I just love his style of writing, the interlacing of different elements and the characters and how they develop. In it I find great quotes about life, and there's an interesting story developing and you don't know where it will lead.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. Different days demand different books. And whatever I read now is for pleasure, there's no one telling me what to read. I enjoy fantasy, mystery, drama, poetry, or a good book about history of midwifery and medicine in general. To name a few authors that I find very pleasurable at the moment: Haruki Murakami, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
How do you approach cover design?
For now the cover designs have kind of just fallen into place. I've been doing the mixture of photographs and poems, or drawings and poems for a while now and I relate the image with the feeling the poems leaves. When dealing with a cover image it's similar, it has to represent the feeling of the book and it has to be simple, without too many distractions. When working on a cover of the first collection I thought about it a bit, and then a photographs came to my mind, and once I used it, I couldn't imagine it with a different one; and when making the cover for the second book, the drawing I made a while back came to mind, and it was perfect. Well, to sum up, when approaching a cover design it's a lot like writing poetry for me.. in the end it kind of all comes together.
Describe your desk
Tidy in its own way. It may be messy to some, but I have on it everything I need if inspiration hits (poetry, painting or just knitting), otherwise everything sits there waiting, reminding me. There's also a lamp and few artifacts that people have given me at certain point in my life. And a weird looking plant. Oh, and a computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the hills of Slovenia. Living here has always been lonely for me, but I have always enjoyed the nature and the landscape. So nature and loneliness I think are present in my writing a lot. I usually try to picture a feeling with nature scenery.
When did you first start writing?
Being of age 13 would be the starting point when I really started writing for the pleasure of it. And I started with poetry and a few stories there on the side, but poetry stuck with me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't know if it was the first, but I have a memory of a story I wrote when I was about 9 years old. It was about a witch called Zofka and she wasn't so careful with her wand and did something bad, but afterwards she was more careful. :)
What is your writing process?
Writing down lines, or just a few words, and after weeks of doing so, looking over these scraps and searching for what goes together. Or writing poetry prompts, lately they've been fruitful, a certain photo or theme and something comes out of it. I have to have the beginning picture in the mind and then even I have no idea where it will all end.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Poetry is very personal and it changes as the person grows and experiences new life events. The latest book includes poems from the last three years and there are three major motives present through them. It's always interesting to read back through the poems and see what you saw then and where the imagination or life has lead you. Since I was thinking a lot about our place in the universe, these fleeting lives we live, things that matter most to us, while fighting out inner demons....that shows in the poems I wrote. I've also managed to dive into love poetry, which I don't think I was ever good at. A new perspective gives the new light.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. Seriously, it works every time, the thought of a fruity breakfast gets my feet out from the covers.
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Books by This Author

Endless Space Between
Price: $1.70 USD. Words: 13,570. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Endless space between is the authors' second published poetry collection. Poems could be labelled as human nature poetry, although diverse in nature; sentimental and poignant, with a touch of nostalgia.
Colours of the sea
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Colours of the sea is a collection of poems and photographs. There was no need to use rhythm or rhyme, only images that evoke certain feelings. They could be labelled as human nature poetry, although diverse in nature. The book is divided into five chapters, each for every year, which could make it a poetry journal. A journal of emotions, images, thoughts and dreams.