Hello and welcome! I’m Roman. Writing has been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids who had a million ideas a minute, and writing them down allowed me to capture them before they were quickly replaced. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Zimmer, was among my first editors and the journal she gave me to record my childhood writings remains one of my most prized possessions. I have a multitude of old (mostly unfinished) stories floating around my apartment and I love flipping through them for inspiration. Many of them contributed in some way to my first book, Island of Echoes. Writing it was a 16 year journey, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
In between projects
My husband Shawn is a travel blogger and we love exploring new places together. We’re constantly planning our next adventure. We live with a wonderfully affectionate (and often trouble-making) ball of energy, our cat Io. I enjoy reading, binge-watching Netflix, and drinking coffee like it’s going out of style. Painting also finds its way into my schedule from time to time. I’m a supporter of animal rights, human rights, and environmentalism.
5 random facts… just because
- I still don’t know how to swim (though Shawn is trying to change that)
- I was born in Europe
- I enjoy cooking and usually make all my meals from scratch
- I never walk out of my apartment without chapstick
- Roman Gitlarz, you ask? That was my name before marriage. My paintings are still signed with it and my book was published under it. Don’t get confused, we are one and the same.