The Heroine’s Journey of Kristina Jug

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

My work gives me a dose of creativity. I work when I’m inspired and free to organise my time as I wish. Trought my work I travel to the imaginary worlds. My work activates my curiosity and passion for exploring and learning new things. My work makes me happy because it means reading, reading, reading… and after that writing.

What is my idea of happiness?

Doing my favourite little things every day. That means having a time for reading, reflecting, to listen music, to write poems, to run and enjoy fragrances of nature.

Happiness for me is traveling and discovering new countries and cities, influence their fragrances and impressions make on me and trough that discovering new myself.

What is my greatest fear?

Losing my freedom and independence. Cannot imagine life without my passion, work, books, traveling and feeling of freedom.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes, I was not brave enough. If I did, I would achieve my important life goals much earlier.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Nora Roberts. Her creativity all those years is absolutely amazing.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Afford myself every year trip to Paris, just to walk around as a flaneur. But if I must choose something really great, it would be having a champagne in Moulin Rouge.

On what occasion would I lie?

To keeping my freedom. What means to stay myself. That does not have any price. And for that I will repeat that lie again if it is necessary many times.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Commercialization of artwork. It is so sad when somebody write story with all potential and then publisher or editor want to change it for the sake of commercial reasons. Art should be free of commercial goals.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

When I published my first book of poetry. It was my big step in the writing world. It made me confident and increased urge to create. Publishing first book was big challenge but also was the biggest success ever.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would become courageous earlier. I would not care about negative critics and people who did not believe in my writing work.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Scientific work of my PhD.

Where would I most like to live?

Provence, France

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Paris, France

What is my most treasured possession?

My books and my family.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Dublin South, neighbourhood Stepaside. Peaceful and lovely neighbourhood below of the mountain.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

China Sichuan restaurant in Sandyford, Dublin 18.

What books influenced my life and how?

Many, many books. It is hard to make list, but I will single it out: Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment – show me that I can understand people who will kill and find the justification for it.

Dickens, Oliver Twist – teach me to ask for more, no matter what’s the price.

Poetry of Charles Bukovski – I like power of his poetry and his expressions of “naked” reality.

Poetry of Sylvia Plath – I like feminist voice in poetry, particularly one that explore the inner world.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Depeche Mode, Walking in My Shoes

Bowie, Ashes to Ashes

Sting and Zucchero, September

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Talking Heads, Psycho Killer

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I don’t have heroes, but Kaiser Sose is perfect inspiration for creation of complex and challenging characters.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My daughter Erin because she teaches me how to be principal type of person. And my husband Mario who made amazing success with his career.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Ex Drummer.

What role play stories in my life and work?

“To be or not to be.” Stories gave me the first experience of excitement of the world. Stories were my first imaginary travel to new worlds and new countries.

I feel privileged because stories are my work.

I write, dream and read. First and after all STORIES.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ means to me?

I’m creator of my own life like I’m creator of my stories.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My husband Mario.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

I would like to make deal between my publishing company and some of big book’s distributors.

I would like to find few new illustrators for my future illustrated projects.  

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

New writers, new illustrators and creative writing coaches.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

I am working on new project, children illustrated book “The little black kitten”.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

When you lose your passion, you lose the meaning of your life. The Passion is the beginning and the end of all.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Three very talented ilustrators:

Thais Mesquita

Negar Sadegh

Alicia Estrada

How can you contact me?

by Linkedin:

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