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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Greig

Behind the Scenes of "Explosive Reprisals": Real-Life Inspirations from Visoki Dečani Monastery




Hello everyone! 👋


I wanted to share with you some exciting insights into my latest thriller, "Explosive Reprisals". One of the key inspirations for this novel is the magnificent Visoki Dečani Monastery. Nestled in Kosovo, this architectural wonder is a gem of medieval history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit this sacred place and I have used my personal experience as a guide to create a vivid sense of place in my narrative.


In "Explosive Reprisals", this Monastery is not just a backdrop but a protagonist in itself. The story unfolds amidst its majestic beauty and the cultural and religious tensions surrounding it. My main character, Kit, finds herself in a race against time within its historic walls, striving to protect its valuable treasures.


Worth noting is that the site is under 24-hour protection by NATO troops due to its cultural and religious significance. This includes the remains of a Serbian saint, credited with many miracles, and numerous beautiful icons and precious artifacts - all integral to my novel's plot.


To ensure a respectful and accurate depiction, I delved deep into UNESCO's cultural heritage files on the Monastery. This extensive research helped me grasp not only its architectural grandeur but also its cultural and spiritual value.


All in all, Visoki Dečani Monastery provides a picturesque yet complex setting for the thrilling action of "Explosive Reprisals". It’s a fusion of history, religion, art, and suspense.


I hope this glimpse into my writing process and the integration of real-life places into my fictional narratives intrigues you. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes peeks! 📚💫


Thank you all for your continued support!





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