Interview with Anton Chikakchiev

When did you first start writing?
My very first and very shy attempts at writing (in my native language, Bulgarian) date back to 2000-2001, maybe. I began writing prose in English in late 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have one full-length book so far; it is an existential psychological novel treating the theme of unrequited love and what it can lead to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never wanted to become that particularly. The reason is that traditional publishing cannot offer a home for me and my writing. My work is very specific, it has zero potential to appeal to "the masses", respectively to make money.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is not a joy to me. "The Leaf: A Psychedelic Account of Romantic Tribulations" is an exception; I did have fun while writing it.
How do you get inspired to write?
I was asked this question once, my answer was: My inspiration comes from my desperation.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't need inspiration to get out of it, only snooze alarm and the thought of having a cup of coffee in a few minutes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Drawing and painting, or enjoying the sun in the yard of our village house, or going out for a walk when in Sofia. I prefer solitude.
How do you approach cover design?
I do it myself, I believe I have some skills (but you can judge by yourselves).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is yet to be seen.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
I don't (and, for a number of reasons, most likely will never) fulfil the criteria of an "established" writer myself to give such advice and see it appreciated and considered by others, but I can share my own philosophy: 1. Build the plot based on the idea, not the idea based on the plot. If you don't know how your story will end or at least what you want to tell with it before you start, better don't. (In other words: Never write for the love of writing or story-making.). 2. Don't be a prostitute.
Published 2017-11-20.
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