How did you know you wanted to be an author? Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, waiting to die, I finally came to my senses again. Since I couldn‘t work at a traditional job any longer, couldn‘t stand or sit too long, had too much damage through the radiation and is very painful, Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer.
Earlier, in my teen years, I wrote lots of little animal short stories by hand writing. Nothing came out of them, I just loved it.
I remembered this time and so I started to write, since there was nothing else for me to do.
In the beginning I wasn‘t sure, in which language I should write. But then I decided to write in English, since my English became better and we live in an English-speaking country.
I wrote many short stories and entered them into competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave me confidence to go on writing and inspired me to go on.
One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. Judges from the competition loved the story and so I thought, I could develop a series about Talon and Matica. And so the TALON series came to life.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? I only say, when you start writing, don ‘t give up. Go on, press on. The success maybe right around the corner. When you give up, you will never know. So stick to it. And with writing you are becoming better each day.
And what I am doing is, reading, reading, reading other books and write reviews. That will help your writing. Well, it helps me.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I am writing nearly every day. So it ‘s day-time for me, since I can ‘t work any longer. (Radiation damage.) Sometimes I have too many other things to do, but mostly I do write every day. Well, today I am writing at the interview, to get the answers out.
I just need a quiet place and a window to look out all now and then and see some trees and bird singing. No music beside me, it would distract me too much. And the ideas just flow out of my hands, my finger as they fly over the keyboard.
What message to you want readers to remember? That people see and learn that they are not alone, if they have a disability, or an affliction or anything they might think is wrong with them. My book is to guide them to get self-confidence, to learn and to cope and to deal with all sorts of afflictions, conditions and disorders even being rejected by other people; to learn to face and to deal with being different, as Matica is, but again can read it as an adventure story.
Matica, my main character in my books, learned after she made friend with the condors, that she can be the person she meant to be. Her parents never said anything negative to her, they always lifted her up, even Matica wanted often to run away or even would do other bad things. But thinking of her positive parents, she never did. And now she is happy to have that great adventure with her condors.
Mira, Matica ‘s mother is saying: ˜Look for your condor as my daughter has done. ‘ She doesn ‘t mean a real condor like her daughter has found, but something that works for you, relates to you. Like it, relate to it, love it and love who you are, or do what it takes to be who you want to be. ‘
Quote from my book:
If you don’t know how to go on in life, whatever it might be, even if you have a disability, find a “condor”. That is what Matica did. Matica found the condors, but every person can find something else that they relate to, stick to it and do and be confident with it to get there, where you want to go, where you want to be. And then, as Matica, you can handle every problems and difficulties. All the rejections are bounce off of you.
Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others. Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children ‘s self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Most children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the story line of the Talon series, Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.
How can fans get in contact with you?
My website: http://www.gigised.com