Writing alternative history

A world where the Carpatia sank while trying to help the Titanic. A world where there had been no World Wars. So many possible divergences, small and big. One girl taken into the fold of a convent orphanage, the other girl adopted by a rich family; both girls with the same face, almost the same name, but different futures.

This and more is hidden in the backbone of Ranger Paraversum, a portal fantasy series written by Croatian award winning author Vesna Kurilic. She will talk to us about writing alternative history—what it is, why she loves it, how to approach historical research, what to keep, what to lose, and how to still stay sane in the process. Join us at our first Facebook live event at our page @shtrigabooks to chat about history, romance and mystery on April 8th, 8 pm CET.


Vesna is a scorpio, a ukulele player and great lover of low maintenance house plants. Her first novel (in Croatian) about a werewolf pack on the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire earned her several national awards and made her rethink this whole writing business. Her recent release is the #holigay murder mystery novella Freddie and Ivan Go Ice Skating Together available here.

A firm defender of all things romance and queer, she moonlights as a librarian and reverently updates her ‘Read’ shelf on Goodreads. She blogs about writing, reading and cosplaying at skirtsnwolves.com, shares her cat’s curious sleeping poses at @vesnakurilic and hopes against all odds that no one will try to reach her through her Facebook page.

Published by Antonija Meznaric

Reading, writing and procrastinating.

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