the steps Iveta Redliha

An interview with Iveta Redliha, author of The Steps

This week I’d like to introduce my first Latvian author, Iveta Redliha. Iveta is the author of The Steps, a thriller born out of the writer’s imagination and built on inspiration from her love of gothic love and detective novels.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

That one thing that no-one would know about me is that I enjoy to wash dishes with my hands instead of dishwasher (although I do that very rarely), because it calms me down and is like meditation, on some point. I guess it is the soothing water that does the trick.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

The names of my characters are very important to me. Usually every character comes with its specific name from the moment of creation. Sometimes I think, no I should change the name, but it never happens, because it is impossible to imagine that exact character with different name.

How did you choose a title for your book?

When I was 17 years old (now I am 39), in the schools library I found the poem “The Steps” buy Paul Valery. The poem touched my soul so deeply, so I wrote it out on the small peace of paper. As time passed by, I read the poem again and again, and new that it has and will have some impact in my life. When I was writing my book, I knew that the poem “The Steps” will be one of the most important things in my book, and will play the major role at some point. So, when I came to choosing the title for my book, there were no doubts for me about that – “The Steps” where the only choice of my soul.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I always wished to be an author, and I write since I was a little girl. However there is one more thing I am passionate about – consulting and coaching.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Meryl Streep

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Lack of time! I am the Mom of 3 wonderful children, therefore time management is very important every day thing for me. I try to put myself on the schedule to manage the writing of my book, but often there are some unexpected situations on my way, so I never know for sure how much time I will have today for writing. But I am perfectly fine with that, as my family always is in the first place in my life.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

If you have that special feeling in your heart that you want to be a writer, then go for it, and it doesn’t matter what other people say. There always will be envious people and there always be admirers. What truly matters is your own belief that you are doing the right thing, and moving in right direction.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Sometimes… oh well, we’re all human after all.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Surprisingly for me, I mostly find my inspiration in music, and particularly in some songs. For example, when I wrote the chapters with Lucas in them, I listened K.D Lang’s version of song “Hallelujah”, and Latvian band’s Instrumenti song “Pieturi mani sev klāt” (Hold me tight). Now, when I write my new book, I mostly listen kora musicians and singers Toumani Diabaté and Sona Jobarteh (Western Africa).

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Margaret Mitchell “Gone With The Wind”

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Coffee and Tea.


thestepsWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT iveta and her book?

You can find The Steps in paperback and Kindle format here:



These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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