Author Interview with Manja Lazarevic Rodriguez A Story of War and Innocence

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I used to play professional poker for a few years

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I sit with it, feel it and talk myself step by step and then I just do it!!!

What scares you the most?
Lossing my family

What makes you happiest?
Hugging my daughter

Why do you write?
To spread love to help people

Have you always enjoyed writing?
Not really, just in recent years

What motivates you to write?
Changing the vibration of the world

What writing are you most proud of?
Grenades as Lullabies’ my true story available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Building a holistic business and my daughter

What books did you love growing up?
Stephanie Meyers books, Twighlight, Host, Ann Frank Diary etc.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
She loved so deeply that she changed the world

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
Grew up in Sarajevo Bosnia, after the warlived in Spain, then in Virginia in US now I live in Miami FL.

How did you develop your writing?
By writing in my journal

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing is the hardest

What marketing works for you?
Online marketing and book signings

Do you find it hard to share your work?
No, I love sharing all I know to help others

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes, the most amazing family and friends

What else do you do, other than writing?
I own a printing company, Own a holistic healing place called Maya’s place www. mayasplace.net @mayashealingplace on social media

What other jobs have you had in your life?
Corporate manager jobs

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Quantum physics

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Monaco

Tell us about your family?
Stepkids Kristen and Kyle that i raised with so much love, love them, my own daughter Layla my sunshine, my soulmate husband Luis and my amazing parnets. My entire family is amazing. My rocks.

How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
Laptop and go lol

How much sleep do you need to be your best?
8 hours for sure lol

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My family my rock

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Being inteviewed by Oprah and Ellen and making a movie about the book

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
Schools, educational curriculums, history departments, and all social media platforms

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
Grenades as Lullabies, it’s my true story of the escape from a brutal Bosnian Civil war. its a truly an intense story or survival and faith. the brutal grenades, hunger, death and torture is not enough to diminish love. I wrote is so my kids can have an idea about my history and to motivate others where no matter how bad your situation is if you believe in yourself and you have love, you will prevail. To spread love.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Tesla, Jason Mamoa, Orpah, Ellen, Steven Spielberg and many more.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
Being in the mountains

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
Love, love love, its about how much you love and how much love you spread.

Grenades as Lullabies – amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com
www.mayasplace.net
@mayashealingplace