Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit the clubhouse is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today I’m welcoming Kristina to the tearoom. Welcome. I hope red wine is okay for you. Let’s start by asking you what writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I am very good in dialogues, actions and making the plot. It is harder for me to describe emotions, and set up the timeline when the events happened, make a balance between past, present and future. Also I am not a type to write a romance. It always finishes in revenge or in kind of troubles.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My new project is the sequel. I have been writen a book The Seller of Sins in 2019. My readers said some things were unfinished, the end was rushing, so I decided to write the part two. It is a pleasure for me, I get my readers very serious.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
I can feel it very well. I noticed I wrote my best lines when I was angry or nervous. It motivates me. Sometimes I feel exhausted when I wrote some chapters, like I got rid of a big burden.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
I am inspired by real people, especially those who gave me negative experiences. I shaped my characters by real people, gave them personality and real stories. Of course, I always change the names.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
All my stories are happening in Croatia. If you don’t know anything about my country, you will find out. Place of action is in the cities in Croatia. One of my readers thought we were part of former SSSR. We were part of Yugoslavia. Readers can learn about history from my books, even they are fictional. They can learn about our tradition, habits and beauty of some places. Especially my book „I Will Kill You In My Dream“ is written by war background.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
No, I am spontaneous, I never do that. Sometimes I wrote few sentences, the other time few chapters.
How many hours in a day do you write?
I write randomly, accord my mood. I don’t have a plan, it simply happens I am typing on my computer when I feel I wish to do it.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
In fact, Gallo is my pseudonym and I write under that nickname. It happens that I started with Gallo and audience remembered that name. It is more resonant, since I am Croatian and our surnames is hard to spell.
What was your hardest scene to write?
My hardest scene to write is a murder scene. I wish to do that realistic, to have a logical sense, and yet I avoid exaggerating. I don’t want my readers think this is like a bad horror, lot of blood and without real explanations. I focus on motive and reasons.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I need about a month for my book, without including editing. Editing is coming in two weeks after I finish the book.
Thank you for our chat, Kristina. If you would like to know more about Kristina’s writing check out the links below.
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