The youth novel JAYA is a non-violence tale of Conny Reich

Conny Reich wrote here first Novel. It is a fantasy story, actually one of a trilogy, where she tells us a tale without any violence, terror or war.The Story was already standing out with the „Non-Violence Angel Award“ from Monte Carlo.

The vegan kitchen Team thinks this is a real vegan fantasy book to reed for the youth and went to ask the female author a few questions about her creation and path.

1.Where did you grow up?
in Bad Ragaz
2.When and what made you get into filmmaking and when and what made you get into writing?
I always loved movies and i always wanted to produce or write a story.
a lot of movies are first written as novels so i thought to write the novel first and hope that one day a producer calls me to make the movie of JAYA.
3.What’s your background?
I studied tourism back in 2001 and since than i worked in luxury hotels and as front office manager from international companies.
4.Have you done any other books before this?
5.What was the budget of the book?
there was no budget, lets put it this way;  i spent a lot during the last 6 years to make it happen and as good as it is today. the quality of the book was always the most important thing for me.
6.What’s your top five favorite books?
die Unendliche Geschichte – Michael Ende
Sofies Welt – Jostein Gaarder
Gespräche mit Gott – Neal Donald Walsh
Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher- Walter Moers
Life of Pi – Yann Martel


7.Who are your biggest author influences?
Michael Ende /Jostein Gaarder/Neal Donald Walsh

8.Tell me a story about the history of this book.
The main character JAYA had changed 3 times her name. first i named her Jasmin. Then a year later i liked Santa Sofia (short name) Santa. I kept the name until i worked on the script in L.A where everybody told me to take an other name than Santa (because of Santa Claus).
Growing up in Switzerland the name Santa was not as present as we have our Christkindel. So afer searching through the web i found JAYA which means victory which i liked as she has to save 2 worlds. At funny is that there are still the 2 A in the name.
9.Why did you use the technique of fantasy elements?
simply because I love fantasy and i think with fantasy you are free to create  perfect new worlds and everybody buys it for that, to dive into new exciting worlds and characters.
12.What was the happiest moment of this entire event and why? 
Every second of writing is the happiest. When you do what you love there are no sad moments.
13.Who helped contribute to your success and how?
a lot of great souls that i ment on my way. everyone was very helpful. lot of ppl liked the idea of a fantasy for teenies without violence.
16.What have you learned that others might not know about this issue?
in order to be successful you need to push and push the project and always belive that it will be successful one day. have fun and enjoy ever moment of the creation process.
17.What did you learn from this project?
That to creat something valuable for ppl needs time and love.
18.What would you have done differently if you could and why?
started earlier to write novels.
19.How does this event or issue affect the quality of your life now?
I am bussier but i like it.

20.Do you mentioned that the audience ‚got what you were trying to say‘? yep absolutely.

21. How do you see yourself?
As a good person with a big heart who wants to contribute something valuable to the people before i have to go home. Something that touches there heart, which JAYA will def do.
22.What’s your next project?
Writing the second book of JAYA in 2014 which is a trilogy..

Thank you very much for this great opportunity to get you knowing better and listen to the inside-stories behind your book!

order directly her book here.

or check the extract of the book.

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