About the Author

About the Author

I was born on February 13th 1991 in Kutina, Croatia. It was a cold Wednesday, about 5 pm as I arrived.

I finished elementary school in my hometown called Popovača (Croatia), where I lived until my enrollment in a secondary school in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Upon completing the Hotel and Tourism Vocational High School and leaving the A. G. Matoš dormitory in which I lived for four years, I left Zagreb and got into seasonal work, moving along the Dalmatian coast for the next couple of summers. I ended up in Dubrovnik in 2012., looking for a new job and having absolutely no idea was about to happen.

The idea for the novel was born during my first visit to the Old town, in the middle of the walk through Stradun. Driven by my life-long love of books and writing, I soon began to work on the original idea that would, two years later, become ‘Republic of Stone’, an epic medieval fantasy story that reveals the alternative side of the medieval Dubrovnik. I was honestly only trying to write a story I could keep within the family, but it became so large and intriguing, I just had to share it with the world. Then came an exhausting year of searching for a publisher, after which the book was finally published in 2015 by the Citizen Association Hrast. In 2016 the book experienced its new, improved edition under the baton of Youth Association Orlando. Today I publish my books under my own steam and still can’t, for the life of me, believe I’ve managed to make my dream come true!

I wrote for the elementary school newspaper in my home town when I was a kid, monthly columns for the website Infomanija in 2014 and 2015, and for Informadur, the youth center of the city of Dubrovnik in 2016. I still live in Dubrovnik, now with my fiance, and work as a tour guide but writing is still my biggest passion. Writing is what makes me who I am.