Author in the Spotlight goes international today as I welcome Croatian writer Dino Sić. As this is publication day for his book, The Lies That Kill You, I hope that he enjoys the day although as you will see from his answers, he may not have much time to celebrate!
Thanks for joining me Dino. First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me, Joanne. I was born in Osijek, Croatia in 1994. I earned my master’s degree in journalism and public relations from Department of Culturology of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, and have published an academic article with my mentor.
I’m currently studying for Ph.D. and doing everything possible to achieve my life goal and become a full-time author. Ever since I can remember, I have always liked to make up stories and characters, create different worlds and imagine devious twists and turns. I enjoy exploring the shadowy side of the human nature in my novels and am always trying to find out what makes them tick, what are their deepest and darkest fears and secrets and what’s going on in their heads when they’re alone.
I believe anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up. You just have to follow your dreams, do what you love and love the ones around you.
What inspired you to start writing?
When I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of soaps, which were my entrance to the world of storytelling. Not the greatest entrance, I know, but still. They taught me how to tell a story in an interesting and thrilling way. My dream is to become a screenwriter one day, yet that’s not easy to achieve, because to create a movie or a TV show, you need to get approval from the producers and collaborate with a whole bunch of other people, and when you’re writing a book, the only one you really need is you. That’s why I’m sticking to the novels for now.
Tell me about your journey to publication
I’m a self-published author. I like the freedom that way of publishing ensures me, but I’m probably going to try to get a traditional publishing deal for my next book.
In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?
It’s about a woman who wants to save her marriage and start anew after her mother dies from Alzheimer’s, but gets involved in a disappearance of her neighbour’s wife, which will force her to become a killer to save her family.
It questions whether we can escape our past and build a new life or our mistakes will continue to define our future. It also questions what consequences our lies have on the ones we love.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
As a matter of fact, the current title wasn’t the original one. The novel was meant to be called When the Sun Comes Down, but after I gave it a little though, I realised that wasn’t the right option because it didn’t quite convey the genre. That’s why I changed it to The Lies That Kill You. My other option was The Lies We Kill Each Other With, which was kinda my favourite, but it was just too long and wouldn’t look good on the cover.
How do you plan to celebrate publication day?
I don’t really plan to celebrate it in any special way. I’ll probably be studying for my exams.
Do you have a work in progress just now?
I have a few ideas that I’m working on right now, yes, but I’m not still sure which one I’m going to pick. Yet whichever I choose in the end, it’s surely going to be another psychological thriller.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months? Or favourite three if you really can’t choose!
The Assistants by Camille Perri. It wasn’t perfect, but it was really current and eye-opening.
What are you reading just now?
Right now, November 2018, I’m reading The Stars’ Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry. I’m also rereading The Thief by Ruth Rendell. After that, I’m probably going to read A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer.
If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?
That would definitely be The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. It’s my favourite story of all time, and it’s 2000 pages long, so I wouldn’t get bored easily.
Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?
Perhaps The Assistants that I mentioned earlier. I think it would work well as a film. And for the cast, I think Rachel McAdams would make a good Tina because she can be tough and sweet at the same time.
How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?
You can connect with me on Twitter @Dino_Sic, Facebook @dinosicauthor, and Instagram dinosic_author. If you want to know more about me, please visit my official website: https://dinosic.weebly.com/.
And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?
I would like to be someone from Harry Potter novels. Harry or Ron perhaps, or any other student just as long as I can visit Hogwarts and learn magic.
From the back of the book
A man and a woman.
He’s lying on the sand, bleeding. She’s holding a gun, trembling.
30 DAYS EARLIER
After her mother dies from Alzheimer’s, Emma moves with her husband to Montauk to build a new life. She’s immediately intrigued by the manor next door and its mysterious owner, Mr. Gold. Nobody has ever seen him. Nobody even knows his first name. But he knows them.
The next day, Emma finds an invitation at her doorstep for the 4th of July party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Gold. Her husband doesn’t want to go, but she can’t resist the temptation. It’s the biggest mistake of her life because after she sees something at that party, she’ll get herself involved in a mystery that could destroy her and her family for good.
The day after, Gold’s wife has disappeared, and he’s a potential suspect. Emma believes he’s innocent and wants to help him, and he trusts only her. In spite of her husband’s jealous protest, she agrees to cover his case on her blog and uncover the truth. She’ll find out that his wife isn’t just another gone girl and that there’s a dark and sick scheme in play. What she doesn’t know is that someone is watching her every move, that someone has broken into her house while she was sleeping, and that someone is pulling her strings behind the curtains. Soon, she will, and it will lead to …
… that night on the beach. With a gun in her hand, she has two options: she can either pull the trigger and save her family or do the right thing and lose everything she cares about. What is she going to do?
A must-read for fans of Shari Lapena, BA Paris, Paula Hawkins, Megan Abbott and Liane Moriarty.
Order your copy online here: The Lies That Kill You