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Guest blogger: Kristen Dovnik

17 April 2022

Hey there, my name is Kristen Dovnik and I’m writing this from southwest Sydney, where the skies are finally clear. We have had a rough and scary start to 2022, with the floods and evacuation warnings and hopefully, the hardest part is now over. I live with my husband Robby and our three beautiful children, all aged under three. They keep me very busy.

A little about me … When I was a kid, I never used to like reading, I despised it actually. I could never grasp the story or understand what the author wanted me to see. So, I gave up trying and told everyone I didn’t like reading. When in fact, I later discovered, I was just reading books that I wasn’t interested in.

In 2015 my mother, sister and I went to the cinema to see Fifty Shades of Grey and I loved it. I was blown away by the knowledge that this sort of story was originally written as a book and I was hooked, I needed to know more. I couldn’t wait until the following year when the second movie would be realised to know how it would end, so I went to the book store and bought the entire box set. I dove in and started to read them as soon as I got home and surprised myself by finishing all three books, in just three days. I couldn’t put them down. I loved the story so much that I reread the series multiple times, before I ventured onto something new.

That was the very first time I experienced a book hangover. The first few books I attempted to read just couldn’t capture my interest, so I enlisted the help of my sister who is a lover of books and she suggested another series I should try. From there, nothing could stop me and I have been reading ever since.

Fast-forward to the present and I have now read hundreds of books. I love books so much that I wrote and published my first novel in March 2021, with my second to be released in the next month or two.

I get asked all the time where I got my inspiration for The Chronicles of the Light Princess and it all started on a road trip I took with Robby in 2016. We travelled over the great alpine road, through the bends of the great ocean road and all the way up to Adelaide. It was an amazing holiday away. I remember passing through this little town, when a book I recently finished came to mind. It was a fantasy novel based in modern times. I loved the fact that I could envision myself at that exact location, as I had been to one of the places depicted in the story. At that moment, an idea popped into my head, of a girl with flames for hair standing in the heart of Sydney. At first, I laughed it off. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself as a writer, I had only just discovered my love for reading, but that little idea continued to grow and manifested into something bigger.

Conflictus is my book baby and will forever be the reason why I fell in love with writing. I have so many stories to share with the world and I can’t wait for you all to read them. It has been a long road to get where I am today and there were many times I thought I would fail, but I kept going and I’m so happy I did. If you are like me and have a story you are bursting to share with the world, write it down. You might just surprise yourself with how much you enjoy it.

Thank you lovely readers, it has been a pleasure.

If you are interested to read the story that changed my life, please read the blurb below.

Have an amazing day.
Kristen

You can find Kristen here: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

Conflictus (Part 1, The Chronicles of the Light Princess)

Kyra has been instructed since the moment she took her very first breath, to prevent the Darkness from rising and wreaking havoc on Earth. Finding the Dark Prince has always been her life’s purpose. However, all of that changes the day she meets her friends ‘hot date’.

Lies are exposed and enemies emerge. Bringing unexpected challenges and countless battles she will have to fight. Within her is the power to stop what is coming but will Kyra choose to follow what she has always known or will fate intervene?

 

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