Zoran Tomić was born in 1967 in Šibenik, Croatia. He grew up in the town of Kaštela and finished high school in Split. In 1987 he moved to Zagreb for studies and graduated with a degree in English and Italian from the University of Zagreb. He is currently the Office Director of Greenpeace in Croatia. Earlier in his career, Zoran was an advisor at the United States Embassy to Croatia, Assistant Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation in Zagreb, a salesman, and a manual worker at the shipyard in Split. He is married, father of two daughters, and a self-taught guitarist.
Published books. Novels: Nebo su prekrili galebovi (Algoritam, 2007). Short stories: Pričine i drugi umišljaji (Algoritam, Zagreb, 2010)
Translations. Charles Bukowski: Priče o običnom ludilu/Tales of Ordinary Madness (Šareni dućan, 2009)
What are your sources of inspiration?
No special rule, but my childhood memories are an important source of inspiration. I find violence inspiring (perhaps because it’s deeply disturbing), not necessarily overt violence, but different shapes and forms of violence, hidden and suppressed in daily life.
Where do you write? Do you have any writing rituals?
I typically write in a “study,” which sometimes is a corner of my bedroom, and sometimes just a desk in the hall of my apartment. It’s important for me to have this designated space when I “sit down to write” although I make notes and sketches at different places, at home and outside. I wrote a good chunk of my second book at my parents’ home on the Dalmatian coast, which was great because the book was about my youth experience in that area.
What are you reading now? Do you read literature that has been translated from other languages or just Croatian books?
I always try to read English and Italian books in the original, Croatian and Serbian, too, of course. Others I read in translation. I like Latin American writers, such as Borges, Marques or Bolaño, I love the French classic Flaubert. Right now I am reading Prvaci sveta (Champions of the World), a book by Slavoljub Stanković, a Serbian writer and a friend.
What are you working on now?
My Greenpeace job occupies lots of my time now, so I am taking a break from full-time writing, so to speak. But I always take notes and make sketches, hoping to give birth to a new novel down the road.
Do you have a favorite English writer?
Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathan Franzen, to name just a few.
What books of Croatian writer or books should be available in English?
Books by several contemporary writers that I like to read: Olja Savičević Ivančević, Renato Baretić, Ivan Vidić, Miljenko Jergović, and others. I am sure that the works of Miroslav Krleža, probably the best Croatian writer of all times, are available in English, too.