Welcome Izabela Monick to Legit Lit Books! We are excited to be able to chat with you and share this interview with our readers today.
LLB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?
IM: Since I was young, I’ve enjoyed using my imagination to explore new endings to my favorite books. I continued this daydreaming addiction even when I started my business career until one day, while sitting in a meeting, I got lost in my thoughts and was brought back to reality with a demand for an answer to a question I didn’t hear. It was then that I decided to write my own book, to get the voices out of my head. The reality is that once the old voices come out, new ones come in, and stories never end.
LLB: What was your inspiration for Evitable Destiny?
IM: I like fast-paced action books with romance and kidnapping, and I like books where I can’t skip a page without missing a piece of a story – and I do skip a lot of pages, especially in romance books.
I’m amazed at how unpredictable some people are in real life, and how they change depending on circumstances. I think happily-ever-after is possible even in twisted relationships if both sides put some effort into it. It’s like one of my reviewers said: “Ain‘t love a bitch?” Someone talking about Fifty Shades of Gray wrote that Ana and Christian won’t be happy. I think that they might because everyone defines their own happiness.
LLB: What three words would you use to best describe Evitable Destiny?
IM: Love, passion, and forgiveness.
LLB: Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?
IM: I’m working on a romance novel that was inspired by my aunt. She is a cancer survivor and has an extremely positive attitude in the most depressing situations.
LLB: What was your very first book that you wrote?
IM: Evitable Destiny is my debut novel.
LLB: Other than your own, what are your favorite books?
A Bedtime Story by L.C. Moon, The Wolf’s Hour by Robert R. McCammon, and Necroscope by Brian Lumley. And although it’s outside of the question, I’d like to mention my favorite movie, City of Angels. I love it when Seth says, "I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. Just one."
LLB: When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?
IM: To write, I need calm and quiet to hear my thoughts. At night, when my family is asleep, I sit on my recliner sofa with my laptop on my knees, and let my imagination fly. My favorite band is Rammstein, but I don’t listen to them while I’m writing.
LLB: Who is your favorite character in your book?
IM: This is a hard question. I think I like Pat the most, although I hated the way he treated Julia in the beginning. Pat was very evil in my first draft, but after a couple of edits, he’d changed a lot, and I started liking him. I’m thinking about writing a novel about him and Beth.
LLB: Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?
IM: No, I don’t take characteristics or nuances from people I know. Both strong and weak people inspire me, but never in direct ways. I like my characters to have their own minds and personalities, and I like it when they surprise me.
LLB: What’s your favorite treat?
IM: I love Grolsch beer in a swing-top bottle, and bacon.
LLB: What’s your Favorite place to read/write?
IM: I write on my recliner sofa, and read everywhere I can. I always have my iPad mini with me, and I read whenever I have to wait for something or someone – at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store, in the car waiting for my kids to get out of school. It’s funny how I used to hate waiting, and now I love it because it means I get to read.
LLB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
IM: To be honest, I’ve never thought about this. I’d adjust to any place in the world as long as my family is with me. They are my home.
Thank you Izabela for taking the time to talk with us about Evitable Destiny and yourself!