Interview with Adelaide Books Publishers

What do your fans mean to you?
I still have to get used to idea having fans and followers. On Goodreads, I have 52. It’s not too many. But I know there are some I even don’t know about. A few years ago, I met at the book fair in Serbia two young guys interested in buying my latest book. It turned out they have and read all my books. That was fascinating for me!
What are you working on next?
The third book in the Michael Nicolau Series, “The Diary of the New York Baker.” It is due out in March 2017. It will differ greatly from anything else I’ve written so far. I am very excited about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many… It is hard to single out one or few. From Russia Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, from US Scot Fitzgerald, from Scotland A.J. Cronin, from Serbia Branislav Nusic, Ivo Andric, and Crnjanski. Also, I am a big fan of Vladimir Nabokov. He was a real master of creative writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Three dogs, one cat, one ferret, and two turtles.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live with my family in a house with big yard and a garden. There is always something to do. In leisure time, I take with my wife long walks along the sea coast which is about one kilometer from our house.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the ebooks I read were sent to me by Goodreads authors for review. Another place to find good ebooks is Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It wasn’t a story. It was a poem. I started writing poetry when I was twelve. And my first poem was published in the third issue of the Serbian literary periodical “Pesnicke Novine” (Poetry News). I was so proud of it. The first story was a creative nonfiction – on the metaphysical symbolism of the point within a circle.
What is your writing process?
Of course, everything starts with the thought process. But I never have the complete story in my head in advance. I never know how my stories will end. I think I like open-endings…stories that will leave readers thinking about what happen next. I guess that’s why I write a series. Once I start writing I do a lot of research. For me, even in a fictional story, it is important to have factual details. If I write that train arrived at 8:30 PM, you can be sure that there was a train arriving at that time from the destination I write about. Places, locations and general background of my stories are always realistic. This helps characters and events in my story look authentic. I try to write regularly every day two to three thousand words, but as everybody, I had my share of blockages.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a novel “Crusader’s Tomb” by Cronin. I was ten when I read it. After I finished reading it the first time I read it four more times. It made me fall in love with reading. After that, all until I started writing books in my adulthood, I was an avid reader who was reading five to seven books a month.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to do cover designs for my books myself. For me creating a cover is a part of the process of writing. It is a part that I like the most. I don’t know how good I am at it… but I enjoy it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I already mentioned “Crusader’s Tomb” by Cronin. It was the book that made me fall in love with books.
“The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald represents for me the course in creative writing in English – great book, the only one I have on my phone at all times. “The Gnostic Bible” – Biblical texts never included in official Bible, very inspirational writings! Divine Comedy by Dante – for me one of the greatest books ever written. And of course “Migrations” by Serbian writer Milos Crnjanski.
What do you read for pleasure?
News! I like to read and watch news. The daily news is more entertaining than anything else.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don’t have a favorite one. I carry with me everywhere my MacBook. Most of the things I read there.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Direct sales. Book signings and book promotions in the libraries and stores are always the most effective. Readers like to talk to authors and hear them speak.
Describe your desk
Never enough space. Always in a mess. But in the top corner of my desk, I always keep Erika old-fashioned typewriter. Large screen PC with two keyboards (English and Portuguese) and MacBook. Of course, the state of my desk depends also on the mood of my cat. He likes to rearrange things once in a while.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. Belgrade is one of the most exciting cities in Europe and it will always remain in my heart and in my writings.
When did you first start writing?
I was twelve when I started writing poetry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Truth According to Michael - the second book in the Michael Nicolau Series follows thirty-three years in the life of Michael Nicolau. The story takes us on the long path of Michael’s soul-searching and understanding of circumstances that brought him to become a homeless man living in the Bowery Mission, a New York City shelter. Eager to vindicate himself and his conduct, he speaks about his life, for hours, day after day, to a counselor in the Bowery Mission. At the same time comic and tragic, villain and hero, Michael is wrestling with the concepts of truth, reality, hope, faith, love, and honor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom to create. Working with traditional publishers includes limitations of the contracts, editors that rewrite your writings, designers, who design covers without even reading the manuscript, and at the end, the book you wrote is not really yours and not always what you wanted to write. As an indie author, those limitations don’t exist.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
“Truth According to Michael” is the first title I published with Smashwords. So, it is still early to answer this question. However, so far, it seems like a well-organized and great platform for e-book publishing. I am looking forward doing new titles with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process of writing itself. Bringing out thoughts and ideas and molding them into stories and characters – making them alive and authentic.
Published 2016-09-20.
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