How did the Czech bestseller The Choice come about? Does the author write something new? Find more at this interview with Jakub Trpiš.
The Choice looks like a great inspirational work of fiction. Any plans to make it into a series?
I don’t want to write never-ending series without a profound message, that’s why I’d rather put everything into one book that is well worth the wait. As I have been working on it for years, I am sure that I’ve done my work properly. On the other hand, I didn’t feel that the subject in The Choice was closed for me. Because of that I have been working for the last six years on my third book called Revolution which will provide a similar subject, but with a new concept, style of writing and characters. One thing remains the same – you will feel that you are there, you will think that you are the main character. I may not win any Nobel prizes for literature this year, but I can promise you that you won’t stop thinking about this story long afterwards.
What do you think makes a great inspirational work of fiction?
If you want to inspire others you need to squeeze everything out of yourself. They have to feel that you truly gave them your all at that time. You need to dig deep into your own personality, fight your biggest fears and show your biggest dreams. People just have to feel that you are there with them, and they are actually having a conversation with you.
You became a full-time writer just seven months ago. What are your next plans?
I want to introduce The Choice to the rest of the world. There is a beautiful message which can help lots of people out there in the same way as it did in my country. We all deserve to be happy. Of course, I am writing new stories. I can’t imagine my life without that. This year I will be starting my fourth book.
When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was a child, I loved stories, always was dreaming about something and wanted to share it with others, but I didn’t know at that time how to do it. When I grew up, I started to read books about personal growth, spirituality and happiness, and I realized that my parents didn’t tell me a lot of things. After school I started my blog, where I wrote 100+ articles in five years. In 2011 the inspiration for my first novel came to me. It was a very strong and strange feeling, so many ideas, that I had to start writing The Choice immediately. Now I know that writing is the best way to connect to my soul and share it with others. I am sure that everyone has their own unique way to communicate like this.
When writing The Choice did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
The biggest challenge was to start. When I did that it took me a long time to finish, but I wasn’t even fully aware of that. When you are doing something you love, you forget about everything else and just do it until it’s done.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I love watching movies, listening to soundtracks, driving cars, running, working out in the gym and having fun with my friends.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
If you have one thing you could share with others what would it be?
No matter what your past is, you deserve to be happy. It is only now that matters. Decide what you really love and what your biggest dreams are, and go for them. The only limitation is your own mind.
Jakub has a unique style of writing that grabs the reader from the first lines. His books are not only thrilling, but also full of spiritual messages that can change the lives of individuals and show how we can ultimately transform our society. „We all deserve to be happy,“ he says. „I wrote The Choice to help people realize that. It’s the best feeling in the world when I can see how it has helped somebody to finally wake up and become a better version of themselves.“
– In the last 8 years he has written 100+ articles on personal development, which have been read over million times.
– His first book The Choice became a bestseller in Czech Republic and was published worldwide in 2018