Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Sofia, the city of Bulgaria, a country in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. Writing “The Starlight Prince”, my young adult fiction, an idea flashed upon me that from the viewpoint of my starry hero, Milky Way Galaxy is my home, planet Earth is my home.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
My second book is newly published “Affairs of The Heart”. It comprises of two novellas, the contemporary love drama "The last secrets of the ancient island" and the historical love drama "A Love in Time of Wars".
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
I enjoy being in the company of my characters. They speak, shout out, hate or love enormously and express themselves constantly in my mind and from there on the papers. I would love to meet them in real life if it was possible. They have been my very friendly company during the long and sometimes boring hours of writing.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
“Love and other dreams” is a single fiction but wordy, 100 000 words so now I must put great efforts to re-edit it until being certain it is gripping.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I love interesting stories based on real people and life. History and imaginative adventures also inspire me because they take us through the ages and help us to experience countless earthly and celestial places… I love Sofia, Sicily, Istanbul, Rome, Seville, London etc. the towns like museums under open sky, I like discovering these scenes of legends and secrets, history, journeys, culture, and ancient remains. I love to write in night hours when the Earth - my home-planet - sleeps profoundly and a new world, the one of the stars, wakes up in the sky above my head.
“How long have you been writing?”
Writing is one side of the process, creation of the stories and characters is another, more important thing. I can never say I am a writer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during a day. The themes, dialogue, the scenes of a story live in my mind all day-night and I am used to taking some notes on papers in any free hour with the purpose to use them in the process of writing. Usually it takes a long time, even several years and one day I take out these notes with the thought “I am ready to write it’ and turn on my computer. Editing is the next part and it happened to be longer than the writing itself for one of my stories because I must be certain if I am a reader in a bookstore and see this book, its story between pages should grab me.
Sometimes I imagine that I am twenty years older, in 2031 example, I have a time, and decide to start writing the same story again. I am sure, my messages to the readers, my choice of words; my story-telling manner will be very different from now. Perhaps it would sound more mature and peaceful but in the novels I write nowadays lives the passion I have for history, mysteries, and adventures, time-traveling and great love.
Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
Yes, I do.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
“I ask my heroes what the title they would like their story to have.” It is a joke, of course. The truth is that finding the titles isn’t a simple thing for me. I create a few ones and insist my closest friends to help with the final choice.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Yes, there are days when I discuss a topic with my relatives or friends as if it has happened with me and I receive their comments or something from their life-experience. In some cases, I decide what to use from these conversations or not. I also love historical themes, I use historical events as a ground in two of my novels and I need strong research before I would be able to sit down behind my laptop to write because I like to be very accurate in historical references.
What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
The ones that take my imagination like a lifeboat to draw me from everyday life and lead me in another world when the reality is not enough.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
J. K. Rowling from my generation and it is clear why. Mikhail_Bulgakov, the author of Master and Margarita and many others from the past.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Every of them I love. E-books give me the dreamt opportunity to have an e-library every time at every place with me. Hardcover seems stable, ensures the books’ entity even after many page-turnings.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes, I have such a habit. In my young years I enjoyed very being in the company of loving heroes so I often turned the pages again and again of Andersen’s fairy tales, Pippi Longstocking; Alice in Wonderland etc.
In my adult years it has happened from a time to time to remember any part of a novel and to want re-reading it or to yearn coming back to a text after seeing a movie based on it. There were also situations when something from real life evoked any scene from any manuscript in my mind about what I had known only from the books until that moment. Therefore, I felt necessity to re-read a few pages of the story and took a different sense from it, from what the book said other things became more important than what grasped me once.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Usually I love books more than their movie versions but “Lord of The Rings” is what I like equally.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (electronic/paperback/
World Without End by Ken Follet (Sequal to Pillars of the Earth), paperback.
Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?
There are many. I like to be in bookstores spearing a quality time searching for something to enchant my soul. Books and movies are inspirating me and I perceive them as a specific channel of communication with their authors.
Who designed the cover of your book?
My publisher Rose Heart Publishing prepared the cover of my two books, the young adult fiction "The Starlight Prince" and the newly "Affairs of The Heart". I am used to receiving compliments for their perfect job on my Facebook wall and Goodreads but actually the publisher deserves them and my admirations.
Do you have a book trailer?
Unfortunately, no. But I would like to have.
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I like them, visualized pictures help to see the viewpoint of the author him/herself about their heroes and scenes.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Once I read an advice of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of “The Little Prince”: “A book is not completed when you have nothing more to add but when you have nothing more to cut down.” It seems impossible perfection but despite of it I think writers should go on this road.
Do you write under a pen name?
Cats or dogs?
Both, even the wild cats like tigers, lions and the dogs are so loyal. I love almost all of the animals. In my childhood, I dreamt to live in the heart of any National Park somewhere, not in the big, crowded, noisy town, and to have all beautiful nature, endless sky, clouds, stars, sun, animals in my everyday life.
Where can your readers follow you?
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/
Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
My great thanks for your interest in my writing! Wish every success to you, Patti!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your writing word. Patti
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