Interview with Danilo Peshikan

Who are your favorite authors?
Vladimir Nabokov, Scott Fitzgerald,Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Le Rouge et Le Noire, Crime and Punishment, Ulysses, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Lolita, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Brilliantly written, original styles, using metaphors and allusions extensively, paradoxically, like the faces of beautiful women, always remind us of someone else, like a famous actress, for instance; while those books with no recognisable style at all, are like people with plain faces, they remind us of no one, for they have no distinguishable features.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean everything for the author. They are the readers who understand what is good in a book, they see the literary appeal of the work and appreciate the richness of the writings. They have to be an artist able to dive through layers and layers of culture and disturb the water they are in at a greater depth.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Danilo strives to amuse himself when writing. His pencil breaks, his typewriter jams, his computer crashes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Filiad is a Sisyphean attempt at love confession that cannot be, a linguistic impossibility that corresponds with the two protagonists’ living a classical paradox: “because he [she] is mine he [she] is not mine” (apud Ovidium hoc legimus).
This is a story of lust, jealousy, premonition of loss, loathing and what Rimbaud calls a "systematic derangement" of all the senses, piled on top of one another and masquerading as a novel, transcendent passion. Most of all it is a tale of anguish, both Besovsky’s and his Bichette’s, and of loss as real and communicable as their truth is one of dissimulation and deceit and delivers no unequivocal message. Innocent, brave, irreverent, mawkish, clownish faces are put on their desires and sufferings, but sufferings and desires they are. And even if its imagery and rich parodic allusiveness can give a leisurely reader of Filiad aesthetic joy that may grow with her/his learnedness, death or escape is its only bearable climax.
What are you working on next?
Danilo Peshikan is the author of short stories which have been publish in the literary magazines of his home country and anthologized. A collection of his novellas saw the light of day in the 90’s. Filiad is his first novel.
He passed away in 2010.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When he was not writing he loved to read books and think about new projects.
What is your writing process?
The first consideration for him was to search for a significant theme, a theme that deserves a novelistic treatment - an unusual great theme not only to the future readers but also for him. His sole purpose when writing was to produce a masterpiece of undisputable value and artistic merit.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design mirrors the mood of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
The greatest book written in the last 200 years. The Red and the Black, Crime and Punishment, Ulysses, Lolita.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
He grew up in a quiet suburb surrounded by a lot of trees and blooming shrubs. His world was the books crammed on the shelves of his room. All of them influenced his writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing books was his life and love. His short stories have been publish in the literary magazines of his home country and anthologized. Danilo’s first novel written in English has been finished shortly before he died. Filiad is a unique book, written on at least two, and often three and more levels of meaning all the time.
I have chosen self-publishing as the only mean to get his work to a large public..
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Publishing and marketing the book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creating a book of his life , his magnum opus was enough inspiration to get him out of his bed each day.
Has he done enough to make his book immortal?
I believe so.
Published 2013-11-09.
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Books by This Author

Странник
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,570. Language: Bulgarian. Published: July 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
“Странник. Опашка на комета. Едно видение, един подобрен образ на лорд Байрон.” Една метафора изникваща от дълбините на авторовите спомени, ориентир в неговото търсене на загубените следи от живота си, от съдбата която някак неосезаемо, без знак, го бе изоставила по дългия път.
Stranger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,350. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
‘A stranger. A comet’s tail. A vision, resembling an improved version of Lord Byron’. An image sprouting from the depths of the author’s memory, serving him as a pinpoint in his search for the lost path in his life, of his destiny which had silently abandoned him somewhere on the long journey.
Сенките на Невидимите Кучета
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,580. Language: Bulgarian. Published: July 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
В тези разкази “не всичко, което дирим, е небе отгоре и път отпред… Всеки има своята рана. За едни това е някогашната им бедност. За други – униженията, които са изпитали, за трети просто болестта или нещастието.”
Shadows of Invisible Dogs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,530. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In these stories, ‘not all we seek is the sky above or the road ahead… Everyone has their own wound. For some, it is their impoverished past. For others, humiliations they have experienced, for still others, simply illness or misfortune.'
Filiad
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 158,440. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Filiad is a literature brimming with imagery, a complex work of deluded love. The book begins with Besovsky's "romance" as a child and his ill-fated love affair with his English and piano teacher, which predestines his fatherhood story. The language, multi-layered, the surface level designed to be pleasingly understandable, even titillating to any reader or curious skimmer.