Interview with Meglena Ivanova

When did you first start writing?
As a child, I liked to read. I liked to live in books. I preferred fictional worlds to the real world. Books were my escape. Eventually, I learned to write. I wrote stories - about love, loss, friendship, addictions, ecology, nature and more. Writing is what I was always good at.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being Writer because I love discovering new worlds and because I love finding out new things about people. Writing, for me, and I know for many of you, is an unparalleled experience. It’s in our blood, haunts our thoughts both waking and dreaming, is a soul-deep drive. And it should be – it is passion that both inspires our work and empowers it. Getting to sit back and have quality time with my subconscious manifestations brings the writing to life. Sure, the character doesn’t exist for real, but for writers they do and in deeper ways then the people we know in real life because characters can’t hide their truths from us if we take the time to seek them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I thought to myself, that couldn’t be too hard to find a publisher, but I was wrong. I sent out several query letters (36 to be exact) only to wait for months until I heard anything back from them. I was getting anxious and desperate as I checked my mailbox daily and constantly wondered if they even arrived to their offices.
Then, after 3 months of waiting, I finally got my first response. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I ripped the small white envelope open only to feel my heart plummet to my shoes as I read, “Unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents.”
The weeks that followed only got worse as I received one rejection letter after the next, until I could wallpaper my room with them. I wasn’t sure what to do next; it felt as if I had hit a wall.
There had to be a better way, I thought. But how? Nothing came to me at the time, so of course, I asked myself, what does a writer do? The answer came immediately: they write. So, I started blogging and learning how to use social media to promote my short stories and assays, and eventually my first fiction book.
After several months of doing this, one day while talking to a friend who was also an author and had gone down the self-publishing route I decided to give it a try and self-publish my own book.
While I was still a bit green in the novelist world, I began the process of self-publishing my book. I got my ISBN number, a reasonable printer, a top distributor and even built a small website to help promote my work. It was all there, and it didn’t look half bad either.
So, here I am, at 25. I’m halfway through writing my second YA fiction novel,The Bloodstone and what a journey it is turning out to be again. It began, as I suppose anything else does in life, a way to pass time, a goal to achieve…but what it’s become is so much more.
I’m excited for the coming months, when this second book becomes something tangible.
I’m excited for others to read and critique the focus of so many long nights.
I’m excited for whatever feedback any of you can give me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults is a lovely YA fiction novel with very carefully and intricately woven threads. The story is full of many unexpected twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Characters are based on people that I encounter. Not directly of course, but certain traits. With powerful stones, alien creatures, and everything mystical, it is easy to let your imagination run wild when reading The Legend of The Moonstone. You can imagine the characters and settings the way you want to. I hope everybody will enjoy reading it. If you are fan of "The Lord of the Rings", "Indiana Jones", "Narnia" or "Harry Potter" you probably will like it a lot.
What inspired you to write your book? Was it based on or were you inspired by real life events?
Years ago in Silistra, Bulgaria, I was given a Moonstone by a friend who told me it was the stone of tenderness, an amulet of protection for travellers, a gift of lovers for passion, a channel for prophecy, and a path to wisdom. Some legends say it was formed out of the rays of the moon. Others claim you can see the future in a Moonstone during a waning moon. Still others say it’s a propitious stone for lovers with the power to make the wearer faithful. My favourite bit of lore about the Moonstone, though, comes from sacred India, where people believe that the Moonstone was the stone of the gods and goddesses, of hope and spiritual purity through denial of the ego.

When I was writing The Legend of The Moonstone, I drew on numerous sources of inspiration. First there were the stones themselves. Beyond the stones, the novel was also informed by legends. Some of those influenced the book very directly while others simply reside on the bulletin board above my desk, my writing companions, as it were. Writing about The Moonstone was a great adventure.

The Book is written with great respect for the stone itself and with an understanding that the power is not just in the stone, it is in the people who possess it too.

Of the end of the first book of my teen fiction trilogy, I realized that stones are as individual and unique as we are. A great deal of what anyone perceives in a stone – beyond its geologic origins and specific mineralogical properties – is intuitive rather than definitive, and specific to the stone itself.

You can read more about the SACRED Stones series here – http://meglenaivanova.com/?page_id=489
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are The Belgariad and The Malloreon; The Monsters and the Critics; The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings; Interview with the Vampire; Man in Black; The Notebook, The Da Vinci Code and the Sixth Seal; The Alchemist; Eleven Minutes; Twilight; Harry Potter’s books and more. Those books are my favorite because of their unforgettable characters, stunning writing, and a fascinating stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include David and Leigh Eddings, Anne Rice, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Lynn Flewelling, Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, C. S. Lewis, L. J. Smith, J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Mayer, Nick Cassavetes and more. I read a lot of non-fiction and fiction, mostly science fiction & fantasy, also and religion & spirituality.
Published 2013-12-26.
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