Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am Polish by origin, but have lived in London all my life. I've always loved reading – I was a real book nerd as a child and spent many a half term in the kids' corner of Waterstone's making my way through the shelves. (My dad was a bookseller and I was allowed two new books a week, provided I was on my best behaviour.) I always secretly dreamt of writing my own book, and as I grew older I became fascinated by modern Polish history, so I decided that's what I wanted to focus on in my writing. 'The Walls Came Down' is my first published book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called 'The Walls Came Down.' It is the story of a young boy who goes missing during a workers' strike in 1980s Communist Poland, unravelling a chain of events which will touch people across decades and continents. Joanna, a young journalist in Warsaw, is still looking for her brother, who's been missing for over twenty years. Matty, a high-flying London city financier is struggling with relationship problems and unexplained panic attacks. And in Chicago, an old man is slowly dying in a nursing home, losing his battle with liver cancer. I wanted to get readers interested in how the three stories are connected and how the pieces of the puzzle all fit together.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often come up with ideas when I'm travelling and I jot these down in the 'notes' app on my phone. Then I email them to myself and try to put them together into a good structure. It's very rare that I have a whole plot planned out from the beginning.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was inspired to write by all of the great authors I've read over the years. My favourite writers are those who use a historical setting and have a person story at the centre, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Khaled Hosseini.
What are you working on now?
I'm researching a few different stories set against the backdrop of modern Polish history – who knows where they might take me?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think that social media promotion can be very effective these days, particularly with dedicated book pages on Facebook, but it's also great to get your book reviewed on various blogs.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would encourage them to keep going, no matter how many rejections you get. I think most authors can plaster their bedroom walls with the rejection emails and letters they've received. It's always worth asking for a bit of feedback to see how you could improve the next time around.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I was encouraged to join a creative writing group, which has been a great experience. I've received so many pieces of useful feedback from members of the group over the past couple of years.
What are you reading now?
I've just finished reading 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern. It's not the genre that I normally go for, but I would definitely recommend it. It's mysterious, magical and completely gripping. I'll be looking out for other books by the same author in the future.
What’s next for you as a writer?
It's still such early days, that it's impossible to say, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve!
What is your favorite book of all time?
It's a very tricky question. My all time favourite is probably still 'Catch 22' by Joseph Heller – I never get tired of rereading it. It's funny, tragic and scarily relevant. But my favourite book of recent years has been 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara, which is just amazing.
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