Interview with Author Dagmar Rokita
In this fascinating interview with Dagmar Rokita, a talented Polish writer and artist, we delve into her journey into the world of writing and the creation of her dark sci-fi series, “Bloodstained Skies.” From her humble beginnings and initial failures to her determination and growth as a writer, Dagmar shares her inspirations, motivations, and the unique world she has crafted within her novels.
GeekPost: Can you tell us what inspired you to become a writer and how you got started?
Dagmar: Maybe this is not the humblest answer ever, but I always wanted to be appreciated for something I made from the very beginning to the end, something I put my heart and soul into. I started writing in 2016, and in 2019, I released “The Core of Rage” on Amazon. I had zero fanbase and zero ideas about marketing, so this project failed. In 2023, I wanted to start again. I fixed a few details and started releasing this book on Royal Road. That is a way better idea that lets me get a few more readers.
GeekPost: What was your motivation behind writing “Bloodstained Skies: Core of Rage”?
Dagmar: I really wanted to see more sci-fi with epic action, special effects and costume designs AND some deeper character development, something that addresses tough subjects and isn’t afraid of showing darker sides of society or technology. I couldn’t get many movies like that, so I decided to write my own book.
GeekPost: Tell us about the main protagonist in your book and the world you created for them to live in.
Dagmar: I have two main protagonists because I thought it would be easier to show two different worlds and lifestyles. Charon Antares is a rebellion unit leader; he fought against the odds since he was a teenager and being at war is his daily reality. Cerridwen Felvennis lived on a peaceful planet and after an accident she has to learn his dangerous and chaotic lifestyle where every day can be her last day.
I wanted to create a specific kind of relationship for them: a non-romantic alliance. They strongly dislike each other’s ideology, Charon has dictatorial tendencies and Cerridwen is rebellious but they share a common goal – get revenge on the Unions. Charon hates the Union itself while Cerridwen has one target of her hate.
Their world demands of them to be relentless and it doesn’t forgive any mistakes. Unluckily for them, they make a mistake, and that’s when the actual struggle begins.
GeekPost: Who could get the most enjoyment out of your book “Bloodstained Skies”?
Dagmar: People who are interested in action, special effects, and space battles, but also like character development or dealing with traumas, may enjoy “Bloodstained Skies” too.
GeekPost: Do you have any specific writing rituals or habits that help you stay focused and productive during your writing sessions?
Dagmar: I always try to write at least 400-500 words per day. I write half of them in the morning and the other half in the evening. Sometimes I divide it into even smaller parts (around 200 words, 3 times per day). When I really can’t write anything, I focus on something else related to writing: doing research, marketing, making connections etc., so I don’t experience it as “wasting my time”.
GeekPost: Are there any authors or books that have influenced your writing style?
Dagmar: I think Lovecraft is my main inspiration when it comes to descriptions. Even though I write action, military sci-fi and space opera, I like using big words and specific descriptions. It makes my writing more “cinematic” (as one of my readers said). For action scenes, I learn from Dan Abnett and Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Their writing is hard-hitting, but also elaborate. That’s what I aim for with my own writing style.
GeekPost: What role does your personal identity and background play in your writing, and how do you incorporate your own experiences into your stories?
Dagmar: Probably all characters in my books have a little part of me. I had to deal with some mental health problems (social anxiety and insomnia) and that’s what sparked my interest in psychology. The amateur knowledge and endless curiosity in that subject help me write better characters and give them more interesting motivations.
I’m also interested in history and my country, Poland, always had to deal with conflicts. Naturally, I wanted to know more about it. Even if I’m not very patriotic, learning about history and historical figures is fascinating and inspiring (especially for writers like me).
GeekPost: Do you consider yourself a geek? If so, what does that mean to you?
Dagmar: I became a geek-metalhead when I was 14. Everyone thought it’s just a phase but I’m 22 now and I still seem to have “the phase.” For me, the geek lifestyle is something above fashion and trends. I do what I love because it makes ME happy. It also lets me connect with people who share similar passions.
GeekPost: Do you have any pets?
Dagmar: Yes, I have a cat. Her name is Roxy and she’s a natural-born dictator. She also argues with me and yells at my dad but other than that, she never uses physical violence and she’s very smart (so smart that we have to lock all doors and cupboards).
GeekPost: Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about you or your work?
Dagmar: I think I will end this interview with a few absolutely random and useless bits of knowledge about me and my books:
– “The Core of Rage” and its sequels started as some poor copycats of Star Wars and Darth Vader; later they evolved into something more original.
– I write in my 2nd language, English. I’m too lazy to write in Polish and then translate it (cheers to my editor and his extra-hard work!)
– In the early phase, my series were supposed to have a magic system, demons, portals and stuff like that. But later I thought one thing: what’s more dramatic, a character doing bad things because of demons or a character doing bad things because it was their own choice?
– I tried to write and draw a comic book but it was taking me too much time so I decided to write a normal novel instead.
About Dagmar Rokita:
Dagmar Rokita is a Polish writer and an artist. She writes and illustrates dark sci-fi series called “Bloodstained Skies”. There are two things that inspire her: imaginary world of geek culture and the deepest corners of human psychology. Huge doses of heavy metal and history are her creative fuel. She wants to become a famous artist because she needs money to buy sophisticated food for her cat.
The Geek Post would like to thank Dagmar Rokita for taking the time to answer our questions. We are very excited to see what the future holds for her career as an author. Make sure to check out her novel, we have not been able to put it down.