Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love". https://creativearts2009-picturefiles.blogspot.com/
Published June 26th 2018
Australian "independent" author with international appeal
Photograph supplied by Stefan Vucak
Stefan Vucak is an Australian "independent author" who has won "2002 EPPIE finalist" and "2011 Readers' Favorite silver medal award". Stefan's books include:
Fulfillment (2017) speculative science fiction/fantasy short stories
Legitimate Power (2016) an ancient computing device clashes with modern politics
Proportional Response (2014) - a novel of international intrigue
Strike for Honor (2012) also a political thriller
Cry of Eagles (2010) international thriller
All the Evils (2011) a Vatican based thriller
Towers of Darkness (2011) an archaeological discovery reveals the murky world of academia
In the Shadow of Death (2003) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 1
Against the Gods of Shadow (2002) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 2
A Whisper from Shadow (2003) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 3
Shadow Masters (2011) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 4
Immortal in Shadow (2005) Shadow Gods Saga Book 5
With Shadow and Thunder (2001) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 6
Through the Valley of Shadow (2001) - Shadow Gods Saga Book 7
Guardians of Shadow (2013) Shadow Gods Saga Book 8 Non-fiction: Writing Tips for Authors (2014)
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Stefan and discuss his works, including the novel he is currently working on, called Lifeliners. Stefan's answers were very interesting.
Cecelia: Where are you from?
Stefan: I was born in Croatia and all set to live out my life in that beautiful country, when my parents decided to seek a better life in Australia. Life in Melbourne was initially somewhat difficult, not knowing the language, customs and culture. However, being a young teenager then, I blended in quickly and adopted Australia as my home. I have visited my relatives in Croatia on several occasions, and I value my heritage, but I consider myself an Aussie, and would never contemplate living anywhere else.
Cecelia: How did your writing develop such an international flavour?
Stefan: When I set out to start writing contemporary political drama/thrillers, I did not choose an international setting for each book. The settings evolved naturally as a result of the story's plot, which demanded a certain international locale. For example, in Cry of Eagles Israel's Mossad sabotaged a US refinery and planted evidence that Iran carried out the attack. Mossad anticipated that the US would retaliate against Iran's nuclear installations, which Israel sees as a major threat. Having this story outline, the international locations automatically fell into place.
I used the same process for my other novels. However, with Proportional Response where elements within China's government set off a tsunami in the La Palma's Cumbre Vieja volcano which would have devastated the US eastern seaboard, research into China's culture and politics the book required gave me a fascinating insight into that country.
Cecelia: Have you ever been involved in Australian "Fandom"? For example: Star Trek, Dr. Who, Comic-Con, Sherlock Holmes Association etc
Stefan: Some time ago, I was a member of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, but that lapsed as work commitments limited my time. Although I enjoy Star Trek and the original Dr. Who series, I am not a staunch fan to be involved in a club that focuses on these productions.
Cecelia: Do you believe there is something uniquely Australian about your writing, despite the international and galactic settings?
Stefan: To date, my contemporary novels have been deliberately set in the United States as a marketing and promotional strategy. With Lifeliners, I chose Melbourne as the background in the belief that readers will accept this location if they find my book is supported by a good story.
Cecelia: I am excited that your upcoming novel Lifeliners is set in Australia! Tell us a bit about this book.
Stefan: Lifeliners are ordinary people almost. They can draw energy from another person, they live longer and are smarter. Scientists claim that Western high-pressure living and growing sterility in developed countries has triggered the rise of lifeliners, and homo sapiens will replaced by homo renata within ten generations. Lifeliners is a revealing look at human nature and the brittle veneer of civilization used to cloak man's savagery.
Cecelia: When do you expect the book to be released?
Stefan: I anticipate releasing Lifeliners in August this year, but I have to finish writing the thing first!
Cecelia: Did you find the Melbourne setting less exotic than overseas, and do you expect this to make marketing more challenging?
Stefan: Melbourne is an exciting city that has character and very diverse settings that rival many international cities. I like to think this will interest readers, and hopefully tempt them to find out more about Australia in general.
Cecelia: Where can Australian readers order your books?
Stefan: All my books can be purchased from Amazon, Smashwords, CreateSpace, and Draft2Digital. They are also available for download on tablets and smartphone readers.