Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
My latest book was classified as a ‘Mystery’ book. I think that does it justice because there are many different topics in the book, like a God of Rock in the making, his dominance on the rock scene over a decade, and his fatal fall; a relationship that does not present a future with a talented but mysterious woman of a few words; an unusual family dynamic; mysterious murders, atrocities and vendettas in the name of a nation; displacement of characters to distant locations; some elements of eastern spirituality, and the dark side of Christianity. The underlying current of the book is about the corruption of power and political upheaval, the destruction of all kinds of values from moral to economic, then about how greed and selfishness ultimately cause most of the characters to suffer a grand failure, and ultimately the futility of a war battled for unclear reasons. There are numerous characters, some of them understanding life as a big mystery and letting that thread of mystery lead their life without interfering – like leaves carried by the wind. The others are trying to unlock the mystery allowing themselves to be wrongly led by manipulations and lies of others.Congratulations on your new book!
Is there anything else which prompted Dethroned? Something that inspired you?
Who do you hope to reach with this book? Do you have a specific audience in mind?
Listen to this now:
Some might say it was early in the morning but as I got up with the song of the first birds, ten o’ clock was almost midday for me.
We were sitting on the sun-lit verandah sipping our second cup of coffee. The day started lazily as all days do on this Earthly quota. I decided to stroll down to the main, cobbled piazza where I was familiar with the sounds of my heels and my heart, and start my search for inspiration in the quick
No, I don’t plot anything! I talked about my writing process a few times, and I don’t know if it bears any similarity to other writer’s processes. I start with thinking about ‘someone’ or ‘something’. I start with conversations in my head. I observe and listen and tune into some ‘frequencies’ that are not accessible all the time. I walk on a beach for hours and I think. I spend a lot of time during the day alone and in my solitude, I think and listen. Then something ‘magic’ happens. I open myself, my mind, to subtle influences of my surroundings, to fragrances, to sounds, colors and I open the path to access the treasure of my deep subconscious content. My memories flow without restrictions enriched by my imagination. I marry the two of them; I add strong emotions and I do research when needed. Is this a recipe? Well, I let my story unfold, my characters talk to me, lead me and show me the path they want to walk. I feel like a diligent and obedient chronologist. To make it simpler: I already ‘know’ the story and it looks like I have the ability to summon my characters to come and to help me remember the story.
All the subjects I wanted to explore and write about are written. I write about things that I care about, that concern me and contemporary readers alike. I care what is happening in our world and am trying to portray it through my characters. To tell the tale in an objective way; history is often written by those who won the battle or were paid a handsome sum of money to write it in a certain way. I see the world through my eyes, I read between the lines, I don’t take things at face value, and I am writing about my own truth. It might be someone else’s truth as well and often it proves that it is. People write to me or meet me in the street, telling me what they think about my books.
No! It isn’t a secret. I have joined a Tango community in my area in Sydney. It will be two years now that I have been going to classes and dancing at Milongas. I fell in love with Tango and this is a fertile ground for all sorts of intense emotions. There are many different (often eccentric) characters and I am a great observer, so I attentively observe their stories, looks, behavior, sentences … and out of that I make my own stories and characters. I adopted my ‘Tango persona’ as I call it, for when I dance and interact with that crowd; I feel almost like I am someone else. I ‘leave’ my original self at home and I adopt the mentality of a Tango dancer. Oh, don’t even try to ask me what is the ‘mentality of a Tango dancer’ as I can’t answer it rightly, but I assure you that the spirit of Tango brings out of us something suppressed, something that doesn’t have its place in daily life where we respond to our duties with all the seriousness of an adult. When I dance, I feel as if I go back, way back, to my youth when I was a carefree girl thinking only about easier and fun-inspiring things that life brought. I am sharing this story about dancing because I have already prepared a new collection of short stories, and soon it’ll be on its way to my publisher. The collection is titled Three to Tango and Other Tales. Probably we can expect it sometime towards the second part of 2019.
I would like to thank all the people who read this interview, all those who are contemplating buying my book(s) and those who had already bought it, then to all of my fans who follow my writing over the years and give me encouragement and recommend my work to others. And to you too, Marie - thank you for the opportunity!
When Gregor Truba, the God of eighties Rock, exchanged his guitar in the nineties for a machine gun, he couldn’t know he was going to be dethroned not only from the center stage which he dominated for a decade, but from his own soul as he set off on a bloody rampage with his elite troupe of Brothers in Arms. He loved a young gifted poetess Pia, the great-grandniece of Nikola Tesla, who wasn’t able to return Gregor’s love, for she was dethroned from love after witnessing the most shattering scene possibly staged by her father. Would she ever be able to find love on her mysterious journey from Amsterdam to London, Sydney to Japan? How many dark secrets did the Catholic Priest, Friar Marag, keep under his tightly-lipped smile, whilst purposely manipulating the faithful, shaping and sculpting their minds and realities as if he were a co-creator working in alliance with the Devil himself to generate chaos and leave his personal stamp on the existence and history of his country? Was he dethroned from humanity for his numerous and well-planned misdeeds? Was Veronika Truba dethroned from her original self when she changed her name to Nikki Barlow upon her arrival to London, where she formed an unusual friendship with a flamboyant man and the commitment-phobe Dean Bloxham? “And where do I go to be myself again?” The question no one could answer at that time, a time when everyone lost, everyone was dethroned and everything was meant to be broken.
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At the age of eighteen Branka Cubrilo wrote her first novel, I Knew Jane Eyre, which won the Yugoslavian Young Writers Award in 1982. Soon after she wrote the sequel, Looking for Jane Eyre. In 1999 Branka published the book Fiume Corre – Rijeka Tece, a year later Requiem for Barbara and in 2001 Little Lies – Big Lies (as a part of a trilogy called Spanish Stories for which she obtained a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). In 2011 Branka published her first novel in English with Speaking Volumes, Mosaic of the Broken Soul, followed by Fiume – The Lost River (2014). In 2016 Branka published a collection of short stories, The Lonely Poet and Other Stories. Dethroned is Branka’s fourth book published in English by Speaking Volumes. Currently Branka is preparing another book of short stories, Three to Tango and Other Tales. Branka lives in Sydney with her daughter Althea.
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