About Tanja Russita:
I’m Tanja. I live in Tromso, Norway.
Life here is simple, clear, fair and close to nature; somehow funny and challenging too! Hopefully, this is reflected in my books.
I draw, and describe my pictures in words if needed; this is what I call “writing”.
I mostly write in Russian; when I feel the need to do it in English, I ask my colleague Jim for help in proof-reading (this might be called “improve-reading” as well).
I have an adorable husband and two kids (reminder: update when necessary) who are, simultaneously, an endless source of inspiration and the black hole eating my time.
But what else would I need time for?
What inspires you to write?
My kids, of course! I like so much when my daughter reads my books from Kindle in the dark while I nurse her brother to sleep.
Now, when I became a published author and read more and more feedback from readers, other kids inspire me as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
Normally I think about the book for years, then sit down and draw/ write it really fast. And then I try to find time to edit it and clean up for years again.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oops. No, I don’t talk to them. But I make faces when I draw them:)
What advice would you give other writers?
Earlier I thought that marketing is a boring and kind of unnecessary part of writer’s work, now I consider it exciting and very important.
Think of book writing as of pregnancy and birth. I think it is amazing and adore both, but then you have to bring your kid up, socialize him, etc. That’s book marketing in my metaphore.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Just went to Amazon and stay there. I believe there are better ways, but for now it is okay for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am optimistic. I like to think that more and more people will buy cheaply electronic books, not steal them – with the time that will marginalize piracy.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Children’s
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.