Featured Interview With Tina Lizius
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Tina and I live in Munich. My writing career has already begun at school. I am the type of person who is writing diaries. Events, thoughts and stories – everything that I have seen, felt and experienced is written down in my diaries. By this time my collection covers 30 books with 300 pages each.
Unfortunately I don’t have any pets as I am not at home very often.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was fascinated by books since I learned to read, actually. I started writing already at school and at the beginning I was only writing for myself. Life creates the best stories and so my diaries are a real treasure, an inexhaustible source of ideas, thoughts and stories that inspire me. Eventually I started writing for friends and family festivities. But I would have never thought that I would write my own books, not to speak of an own book publishing house!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are great authors who are able to dig deep down under the surface of a story, in the abyss of their characters. Hans Fallada for example is successful in doing this. But it depends on the topic of course and on whether depth is favoured or not. Linguistic joke and style can also be unique, consider T.C. Boyle for example. I also love the minimalism of trenchant language like in the texts of Ernest Hemingway. But there are my more outstanding writers that I cannot all name here. They can be idols, but I believe that, in the end, everybody has to find their own way.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called „Lisa and Egon – Teaching a hippo to dance“ which also appeared in English as you can see from the title. It is a book for first readers and connects literature with movement. The dances are described vividly so that the kids can imitate them easily. The book is popular with all age groups, an amusement for the whole family. The main character is a little hippo named Egon who learns how to dance ballet and who can animate also the boys to dance. But actually the book is most popular with girls from 4 to 7 years.
With my children’s books, I get most of my inspiration from the pupils of my ballet school. Their imagination is infinite and they have a lot of funny ideas. Currently I am working on the second volume of “Lisa and Egon”. It is based on a very famous Christmas fairy tale and again it shall make literature experiencable trough dance and movement.
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