Author Interview - Ana Stanojevic
Ana Stanojevic, author of Fire Wave Trilogy, lives in
Calgary, AB with her family. Her dream was always to become an author.
She got the idea of her Fire Wave Trilogy when she was on a vacation with her family in Greece and from there,she started to map out the trilogy, jotting down the ideas on paper. She also owns a blog where she fangirls about books as well as sharing updates about her life.
After Fire Wave Trilogy, she hopes to write many more fantasy fictions that are on her list including a reimagined Aladdin novel.
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what is it about?
My latest book is the sequel of Fire Wave which is called Fire Burns. It is where Aiyana continues to fight as the vigilante, Fire Wave, against the evil that threatens the Earth. However, in doing so, she meets another adversary, The Shadow and soon Aiyana must fight the enemy before she loses her mind.
Q2: How long does it take you to write a
book? How long does each stage of the process usually take?
Fire Burns (which is the sequel to Fire Wave) took me a few months but even after a few months, there was a lot of revising and editing which added another few months. Writing, is usually the easiest stage for me because I know what happens in each scene so it doesn’t take me long; I would say about five months of writing and then another five or six months of editing and revising.
Q3: What is your favourite type of character to write?
I absolutely loved writing about Opsidia! I might write a novella about her…who knows…
Q4: Do you mine your own life for ideas, settings and/or characters? If so, please give an example from your current book release where you have done this.
Toronto, Canada has been the main inspiration for Iron City and I mostly used Norse Mythology for the book. There are also aliens in the book!
Q5: What is something you wish you had known earlier on it your writing career?
Don’t rush! It takes time to write and edit books. If you rush, you’ll miss important details of your story and there won’t be a nice flow to your book. Take time with your edits. You WANT your book to be as clean as possible. And have fun! It’s important to have fun otherwise you’ll have burn out and lack of inspiration so have fun!
Q6: What do you do when you find yourself in a bit of a writing rut? Is there any strategy you find works for you to help the words start flowing again?
I normally take a break if I have a writing rut and watch some YouTube. When I’m in a writing rut, the last thing I would want is to force myself to write. If I force myself to write, it’ll become a mess. So instead, I just take a break, relax and once inspiration hits, I start to write again. I also read as well; I love to read Fantasy books.
Q7: What is your favourite writing resource?
I mostly follow authors on Instagram for writing resource. One of my favourites would be Heart Breathings on YouTube by Sarra Cannon; I absolutely love the advice she gives out for authors. I also like Bethany Atazadeh!
Q8: How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
My book is for anyone who likes Superheroes, Fantasy and Sci-Fi!
Q9: What authors or books inspire you the most?
I love Kerri Maniscalco! I love her books.
Q10: What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading The Song that Moves the Sun by Anna Bright
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