Nika Grizila comes from Koper/Ljubljana, Slovenia
How long have you been writing? Since I was a child basically, but I had more and less prolific periods, more of the second because I always had excuses such as studying and hanging out with my friends. I usually left things unfinished and then forgot about them. I’d say I started writing properly last year, so at the age of 23 (I’m now 24).
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? I think getting published in this magazine (if I don’t count school or university essays published in school newspapers and such).
What projects of yours have been recently published? The story published here, Snap out of it.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I’m currently writing a novel about a group of roommates who are all Erasmus studens, about their experience abroad and the relationships between them. I’m writing from the point of view of seven of them, changing all the time. I’m about half way through with it and I was inspired by my own exchange.
Where can we find your work? On my blog which I recently started and where I intend to mostly write about travel, but also about concerts and perhaps my views on veganism and other things, and also where I’ll be publishing some short stories.
How do you react to rejections? They always hurt a little bit but I don’t worry about it too much because it makes no sense to. They are completely normal and a part of being a writer.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I was thrilled when I found about this one, I had the biggest possible smile and I quickly told my loved ones.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Try to write every day even if you don’t have a lot of time and even if you only manage to write a little bit. It’s easy to fall out of the habit but it’s also easy to fall into it!
What is your favorite book? I think I’ll have to be a cliche and say Harry Potter (and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
Who is your favorite author? Leo Tolstoy.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Severus Snape because he is my absolutely favourite character and I love the story behind his grumpy expression and his sarcastic comments.
What makes you laugh? Any remotely good joke or just random things, I guess, it’s very easy to make me laugh.
What makes you cry? It really depends on my mood. It could be anything from nostalgia to frustration, and sometimes it can be a book or a film.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Tea.
What is your favorite food? Chocolate.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? This is a hard one but I’ll say Shakespeare.
Personal website/blog: https://nikagrizila.weebly.com /
Profile(s): https://www.instagram.com/nika grizila/
Books for sale and/or press: Nothing yet, unfortunately, but soon I hope!
The Ramingo’s Porch Issue #2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847674/