About Gaja J. Kos:
I am a bilingual author from a small-ish town called Celje in Slovenia. I have been writing ever since I learned the alphabet, and my very early stories were always more on the strange side. Needless to say, that got me a few odd looks back in elementary school.
So far I have published 12 books of poetry (some in English, some in Slovenian) and one urban fantasy novel.
I live in Celje with my husband and our two Chinese Crested dogs.
What inspires you to write?
Quite simple, actually: the need to let all these different worlds leave the confines of my mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is rarely the same.
When it comes to novels, I tend to outline a few basic things, but mostly I prefer to take notes as I write. I always type on my computer, however, at least one of my owl-printed notebooks must be with me at all times; that’s where the notes and future references go.
As for poetry, I rely purely on inspiration and act on it the moment it hits 🙂
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters have a life of their own 🙂 They show me things that are happening to them through panels (like those found in comics) and I write it down.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop doing what you love! Every writer faces difficulties, but the end result is always worth a little trouble.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I first encountered self-publishing when I decided to publish my poetry collections. I was a bit lost at first, I admit, given that you have to do everything yourself (the marketing aspect still scares me sometimes)… But I have come to learn that self-publishing is a dream for someone who wants to be as involved in every aspect of the project as I am.
For my novel, The Dark Ones, I chose to self-pub precisely because of that. Being able to design the actual book, not just its contents is a very appealing concept for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m optimistic. I know there are many people who have a lot of negative things to say about the saturation of the market, but I believe people should continue to write and publish their works. A good book will always find its reader and vice versa.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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