The story behind FANTASTICAL is that while I didn’t set out to pursue career as an author, I was moved to do so after the birth of my son. FANTASTICAL is a legacy to my son, as his birth was the catalyst for the book.
These stories were born with my son. Uncertain upon entering a wholly new phase of life, I sought wisdom and enlightenment – and a break from the daily routine of feedings, lack of sleep, and disorientation. I was in search of something that would lift my spirit, make me laugh, and transport me, if only for a moment, to another, less tangible, place and time.
While the world in which these stories unfold no longer exists, I still cling to the many lessons it taught me. Because of my fantastical childhood, I know in my heart that life is much more than a sum of mundane survival activities. I know that it’s fluid, magical, brimming with love and connection.
This book was indeed the respite I needed. It freed my mind to roam the wild landscape of a bygone era and lifted me on the wings of Balkan stardust. I hope it will do the same for my readers. My hope is that stories amuse and transport my readers, sustaining them on their journey as they have me on mine.
Born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s, Marija Bulatovic, along with her parents, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s just ahead of the 1990s Yugoslav wars and the breakup of the country. An accomplished business professional with years of experience driving enterprise business with Fortune 500 companies, Bulatovic graduated from Colgate University. Marija Bulatovic lives in Seattle with her husband and son.