Igor Ljubuncic


Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation, an IT nerd by profession, and a prolific author, with twenty book publications in just the past decade. His portfolio covers technical books, novels in various fiction genres, and several anthologies, including a short story, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, nominated for the 2014 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History.

Over the years, Igor’s fiction works have received favorable reviews from Publishers Weekly, Underground Book Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and SFFWorld. His technical book on problem solving in high-performance computing is part of the Computer Science undergraduate studies curricula at several universities worldwide. It has also been translated to Chinese. In the course of his everyday work, Igor has invented fifteen patents and given presentations at numerous prestigious international conferences, including LinuxCon, CloudOpen, Open Source Summit, Qt World Summit, Linux Application Summit, KDE Akademy, OpenStack days, IEEE events, and many others.

In his free time, Igor runs a popular science and technology blog, www.dedoimedo.com, drives fast cars on racetracks, and tries to learn new (spoken, not programming) languages. For more information on Igor’s literary adventures, please visit www.thelostwordsbooks.com.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
It starts with an idea - a random, uncontrolled process. It just hits me out of the blue. Once I have the core motive for what I intend to write, I just do. I don't overthink the plot - I build it as I go along, surprising myself sometimes, and almost never go back, except to add an odd sentence or two, or fix a plot discrepancy.

Of course, over time, I got better at this. As I've written more and more full-length titles, I learned to avoid the classic traps - writing yourself into a corner, trying to justify a bad idea, trying to reconcile impossible concepts, writing about something for the sake of it, even if it does not fit that well into the plot.

This approach works for me. I tend to produce high volumes of content relatively quickly, keep the plot concise and sharp, and I consistently finish what I start. Editing, bells and whistles, and everything else gets done after the work is complete.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe I was six or seven at the time. There was a waterfall and a bee. I don't remember more than that. Three years after that, I began writing (but never finished) a respectable 100-page book about ninjas, and finally got my first full-length book written and complete around my twelfth birthday. It had no ninjas - I am actually going to release this one soon; no editing, no polish, raw and fun childhood material, 80s cliches and lots of explosions. It should be a blast.
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Where to find Igor Ljubuncic online


The Lost Words
In the ancient land of the Realms, where armies clash and heroes arise, only the most cunning and courageous can redeem a war torn land from certain annihilation. Men and gods, old and new alike, are locked in a fierce struggle of love, betrayal and dark magic. As nations clash, old rivalries are set aflame and nothing seems sacred, sinister and ancient secrets are revealed. With wit and adrenalin, The Lost Words weaves a taut and textured landscape of warring factions, foes and allies, to deliver a full-on fantasy tale for the ages.


The Humbled (The Lost Words: Volume 4)
Series: The Lost Words. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 172,490. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
There is no going back. In a whirlwind of conflict, anguish and unexpected compassion, The Humbled spins the ancient battle of gods and men, their love and madness, to a gripping conclusion.
The Forgotten (The Lost Words: Volume 3)
Series: The Lost Words. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 191,160. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Being the last remaining deity has its advantages—becoming “God of Everything” means no rivals vying for your followers’ loyalty. For Tanid, it means all the magic he can get in the war against Calemore, the White Witch. Meanwhile, Calemore is using his relationship with Nigella to persuade her to decipher a book of prophecies for him. So when he finds Tanid, he can kill him—and take his place.
The Broken (The Lost Words: Volume 2)
Series: The Lost Words. Price: Free! Words: 220,970. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Eighteen years after Adam defeated the Kingdom of Parus and proclaimed himself emperor of Athesia, he dies peacefully in his sleep. When his daughter Amalia crowns herself empress and takes nobles from neighboring Eracia and Caytor hostage, the political situation in the Realms is primed to explode. Meanwhile, exiled god Damian resumes his quest to flee his prison and kill the remaining gods.
The Betrayed (The Lost Words: Volume 1)
Series: The Lost Words. Price: Free! Words: 107,110. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A war is brewing in the Realms. When the sect of Feor invades the Safe Territories, the home of the old gods, Commander Mali of Eracia scrambles to counter its advance. Adam, an Eracian prostitute who awaits hanging, is spared to join the army. In the Territories, a former criminal Ayrton and his protégée Ewan face the invaders. Can Feor be stopped, and the old faith be saved?
I Shall Slay the Dragon!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,430. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Religious
It’s been a thousand years since the last war against the Beast. Now, the serpent is awake again, and the armies of Gog and Magog are on the march. If they are not stopped, the world will be enslaved by the dragon. The end of days is near.

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ancient    armaggedon    beast    bible    delilah    dragon    end of days    samson    serpent    the betrayed    the broken    the forgotten    the humbled    the lost words