Interview with Natasa Jevtovic

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was still a child, maybe seven or eight years old. I wrote a story of a queen who had a secret counsellor and she communicated with him by talking to her pillow, a royal red velvet pillow. I wish I had kept it somewhere, I'd love to read it again.
What is your writing process?
I write during the night, as days are always hectic. I don't know why, but the inspiration always comes during late hours when everybody's asleep.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was the story of Yogi Bear in the Yellowstone National Park. I learned it by heart and would tell it to my parent's guests during lunches and dinners.
How do you approach cover design?
I create my covers alone, usually on Canva website, and use either my own photographs or those from the Internet that aren't under copyrights.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The sonnets of Shakespeare, which have never been surpassed when it comes to the art of love poetry. The Catcher in the rye of J.D. Salinger, for the lonely nature of the main character who feels he is older than his generation. Hamlet, for its reflections on justice and courage to change what is wrong into what is right. The Name of the Rose of Umberto Eco, for its erudition and rich storyline. And of course, the Koran and the Bible, for inspiration and directions in life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Essays about politics, economy and world affairs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the communist ex-Yugoslavia and grew up in Serbia under embargo, where we had economic crisis, hyperinflation and a political dictatorship. Meanwhile there was a civil war in the neighboring Bosnia where I was born. All these political events have given a serious aspect in all that I'm doing, writing or translating. I'm also trying to find beauty and positive aspects in my surroundings, wherever I might be, as most problems people encounter nowadays aren't as difficult to live as growing up in a war torn land.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a child. I started writing my autobiography when I was about eleven years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've just written a novel in French about an arranged marriage in Tunisia, a true story that happened in my neighborhood. Hopefully it ends well, although it did traumatize many people who took part in the events. I should be translating it in English this year or the next.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've already published three books in French and a couple of translated works in Serbo-Croat, but even though I have a dully signed publishing contract, I have never been paid for my books. Therefore I have decided to keep my copyrights, at least I will be able to have a full control of my works and distribute them worldwide.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is the very first website where I have published some works. I've heard about it through Scribd and decided to give it a try. I'm happy to see that the works are being distributed on Kobo, Barnes & Noble and other platforms, which means that even people who don't come to visit Smashwords will be able to buy my books. I love the concept and am grateful for what Smashwords have offered to us authors. I hope they keep up the good work!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A touch of eternity... The feeling that something will remain to inspire the generations to come when I'm gone.
Published 2017-08-13.
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Books by This Author

Comment acheter un appartement avec le SMIC
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,490. Language: French. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Essay » Business, Essay » Sociology
Il ne faudrait pas qu’il y ait une seule personne âgée qui arrive à la fin de sa carrière sans être propriétaire de son logement. Être propriétaire, c’est sortir de la trappe à pauvreté et acquérir un patrimoine qui protège contre les aléas de la vie. Un petit appartement chez soi est plus précieux qu’un grand appartement de quelqu’un d’autre.
The Facebook Bride
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,630. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating
Marrying a person from your home country helps you preserve your tradition, but what happens when custom opposes the freedom of choice? This book tries to provide some answers to all those who are torn between tradition and freedom.
Un mariage tunisien
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: French. Published: December 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Déchirés entre tradition et liberté, les jeunes musulmans nés en Europe sont confrontés aux problèmes parfois insurmontables lorsqu'ils acceptent, sous pression parentale, d'épouser une personne originaire du pays de leurs ancêtres. Ce livre ouvre explore leurs dilemmes et apporte quelques réponses à leurs interrogations tourmentées.
Koreni nacionalne mržnje na Balkanu
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: Serbian. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » European / Eastern
Nacionalizam i mržnja koji su se razvili među dojučerašnjim komšijama koji su živeli u bratsvu i jedinstvu imaju veoma duboke korene. Neki od njih su kulturni, neki su rezultat različitog razvoja susednih republika pod tuđim imperijama, a neki su pothranjivani u književnim delima i rodoljubivoj lirici u kojoj su komšije predstavljane kao bezdušni krvoloci.
Ustani, o spavaču!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,380. Language: Bosnian. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Ovo je moja prva knjiga, moje prvo ozbiljno djelo iz oblasti apologetike koje sam napisala pri kraju studija. Namijenjeno je mladoj generaciji koja je izgubila identitet i živi u modernom svijetu tragajući za smislom, za idejom vodiljom koja će je definisati. Podići iz letargije mlade ljude i ustati u odbranu ideala, sa tom namjerom se ovaj sažeti tekst obraća čitaocima.
Istihara, traženje najboljeg rješenja od Uzvišenog Allaha
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: Bosnian. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Rituals & Practice, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Shi'a
Istihara je molitva u konsultacije u kojoj se vjernik obraća za pomoć Bogu prije donošenja neke važne odluke ili obavljanja nekog važnog posla.
The Hidden Treasure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,580. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Sufi, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
How to become a friend of God and reach the highest levels of human understanding? A Sufi teacher from the Qadiriyya order gives lessons of spirituality to a group of medical students and foreign diplomats.
Žene u islamu naspram jevrejske i hrišćanske tradicije
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: Bosnian. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / History & Culture, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Rituals & Practice
Kakav je status žene u jevrejsko-hrišćanskoj i islamskoj tradiciji? Kakvi su stavovi ove tri velike monoteističke religije o naslijeđivanju, poligamiji ili razvodu i kakav je status udovica? Ova i mnoga druga važna pitanja autor Sharif Muhammad razmatra u kratkom i jezgrovitom radu, koji smo preveli u nadi da će poslužiti svim ljubiteljima uporedne religije.
Porodica Božijeg Poslanika
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,480. Language: Bosnian. Published: August 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Shi'a, Nonfiction » History » Middle East
Članovi Poslanikove porodice, ili Ehlul Bejt, smatraju se za savršeni uzor u životu muslimana jer su oni prenosili učenje Allahovog Poslanika, odrasli u njegovoj kući i slijedili njegove stope.
Pjesme iz srca
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: Serbian. Published: August 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Zbirka lirske poezije jedne srednjoškolke iz Mostara koja je odrasla u Beogradu, sastavljena od ljubavnih, egzistencijalnih, patriotskih i mračnih tekstova. Nastali su u vrijeme raspada bivše Jugoslavije, rata u Bosni i Hercegovini i ekonomskog embarga u Srbiji, tako da jasno ocrtavaju stanje svijesti mladih koji su u to vrijeme gubili iluzije i završavali u egzilu u inostranstvu.
Rana istorija islama, Sejid Safdar Husein
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,650. Language: Serbian. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / History, Nonfiction » History » Middle East
Osvrt na životopis Božijeg poslanika Muhammeda i četvorice kalifa koji su bili na vlasti nakon njegove smrti.
Jesus Christ, The Stumbling Block
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,830. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
Did Jesus Christ really exist? Why Jews refuse to accept him as their Messiah? What happened at the Jerusalem council of the first Christian community? Why do some non-Christians believe in Jesus? What should we believe to obtain salvation of our soul? The thief on the cross did not believe in any of the fundamental Christian beliefs, yet Jesus himself promised him paradise.
La gestion de la copropriété en France, le scandale
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 33,100. Language: French. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Essay » Legal
En France, certains syndics de copropriété se livrent aux pratiques anticoncurrentielles et n'appliquent pas les lois en vigueur ou les normes comptables, afin de pouvoir placer les fonds sur les marchés financiers à leur profit. Cet ouvrage dresse un bilan de ces pratiques illégales et propose des réformes politiques pour mieux protéger les consommateurs et les copropriétaires.
Ključevi raja
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 80,870. Language: Bosnian. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Shi'a
Djelo Ključevi raja (Mefâtîḥu-l-džinân) je kolekcija dova ehlul bejta koju je sastavio šejh Abbas ibn Muhammed Rida El-Kummi i objavio 1925. godine. Sadrži dove koje se prenose od Božijeg poslanika (ص) i njegove porodice (ع) i uče u raznim prilikama, kao i tokom posjeta svetim mjestima. Izbor dova koje smo odabrali preveden je sa arapskog, francuskog i engleskog jezika.