Interview with Slav Georgiev

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My desire to write stories I'd have loved to discover and read if I hadn't written them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords helped me publish my book for free and with very little hassle, and it provides an excellent distribution platform. It is a dream-come-true for young novelists trying to break through.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Deciding who dies next? Ha-ha... No. The greatest joy of writing for me is the feeling I get when my ideas come together. The feeling of creative accomplishment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I don't write for myself. I write to share with others.
What are you working on next?
I just published the first novel in what is most likely going to be a trilogy. Surprise, surprise: I'm working on the sequel.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many... so, so many... Ugh. Hemingway. Dostoyevsky. Orwell. Pratchett. Lee Child. Asimov. Nietzsche. Tolkien. Stanislaw Lem. The Strugatsky brothers. That's just off the top of my head. There are more. Many more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work for a giant IT company where I'm just a little cog in the machine doing my spinning. I also have a rock band, I play drums, and I occasionally write song lyrics and compose. I love cooking. And I try to spend as much time with my fiance as possible.
What is your writing process?
I'm very methodical. Everything I write has an outline, a detailed plan, and scores of notes about characters, events, the story world, etc. When I make time to write, I start by going through all of these, and taking a few minutes to sketch out what I'm about to write in my head first. Then I start writing it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first book I read was The Hobbit. That was before I even started with the books for children. The impact it had on me was profound: it gave me the unyielding craving to go on adventures, real and imaginary. Every waking moment of my life ever since Bilbo left The Shire for the first time I spent getting out of my own Shire and exploring the endless worlds beyond.
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to be close friends with a very talented young artist who also happens to share my passion for fantasy and science fiction. We just sit down and go through various points in the story for which she will draw the cover, and we discuss how these moments would look if captured by her brush.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. From philosophy and psychology through sci-fi and fantasy to thrillers and comedy, with classics thrown in between.
Published 2017-04-19.
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Books by This Author

Parasite City
Price: Free! Words: 78,600. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A former Special Forces commander is sent on a mission to hunt down a notorious criminal through a zombie-infested quarantine zone.