Interview With Author Talissa Oshrigar

Could You Tell Us About Yourself ? 

I’ m a Hungarian Woman, who lives in Poland and writes novels in English. I’m writing  novels to entertain myself and everyone else, who is interested in my stories. So far,  I wrote a romance novel series in Hungarian, and published few chapters as a blog and  my 2 fantasy novels are written in English and are available on the main platforms,  like Amazon, Kobo, etc.  

What made you write your book (s) ?  

I was on maternity leave and during my free time, I looked for a silent hobby and  decided to write a romance novel just for fun. I did it in secret, at the beginning, not  even my husband knew about my new hobby. When I had time, even during the nights,  I switched my laptop on and typed a few sentences. This was like a relaxation activity  to me. Later, I completed my romance novel series and the ideas of both fantasy  stories came to my mind, so I wrote them down.  

What is the first book you remember reading ? 

Orson Scott Card: Seventh Son. 

How many hours a day do you write?  

It depends. I have regular work and a family, and I treat the writing as a hobby.  When I have time and idea, I write.  

What’s your favourite writing snack or drink?  

I’m trying not to eat a lot of snacks, but I always drink tea while writing and I’m  crazy about peanuts.  

Do you listen to music while you wrote your book (s) ?  

Yes, I do, mostly radio music.


Where do you get your idea (s) for your book (s) ?  

During my studies I used to play role playing games and remembering of such games  gave me some tips, however both my fantasy novels are originals.  

Do you try more to be original or rather give readers what they want?  

I’m writing fantasy stories and trying to be original and write different outcome to  what I’d expect. Of course, I believe in happy ending.  

How did publishing your (first) book ?  

The romance novel series was published as a blog in Hungarian, the 2 fantasy novels  are self-published as I was not lucky enough to find a literary agent.  

How do you develop your plot and characters?  

Before writing, I always have the basic idea and the main characters, but sometimes  I need to rewrite the first chapters to change the reactions/behaviours of the  characters.  

How did you come up with the title for your book (s) ?  

Both of my fantasy novels had different titles at the beginning. The first title of the  “prophecy of the twins” was “fortune tellers” and “fate readers”, but none of them  sounded well and upon finishing the novel, I changed the title to the current one.

What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?  

At first, the novel “child of nature” was written from the boy’s perspective, like the  “prophecy of the twins”, but for the better ending, I added Elyana’s perspective and  re-wrote the chapters from the beginning. That prolonged the writing with a few weeks.  

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?  

Someone, who likes to read and enjoy fantasy stories.  

How long did it take for you to write a book ?  

Average half a year/ novel.

What do you hope your readers take away from your book (s) ?  

If my readers have a few enjoying hours, what the book’s adventure gives to them, I  reached my goal. 

Did you get some negative feedback on your book ? and if so how do you deal  with that ?  

For my first novel, I received very positive feedback, however, the literary agencies  didn’t think the same way, so I wrote another novel in another style, and I received  very negative feedback from the same company. It made me very sad and  disappointed, but I decided that I’ll keep writing and in the style what I like.  

Where can people who are interested in your book, buy your book ?  

The books are available on Amazon, Kobo, etc, many platforms, and the links for each  book can be found on my own website

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your  readers about?  

I’m working on the prequel of the “Prophecy of the twins”. 

After writing your book (s) what is your advice to people who want to become  writers?  

Just keep writing and never give up.  

What are common traps for aspiring writers and have you faced any of them ?  

As a non-native English-speaking person, it is a huge challenge to find someone, who  can edit and proofread your novel and you simply have to believe that a good-quality  job is provided and your novel sounds like a novel written by a native person.

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