15 July 2010

My moved heart would like to thank everyone, who made the premiere of The Starlight Prince unforgettable! My great thanks for all warm words, many, many flowers and cordial wishes!

Thank you for the friendship and appreciation of my writing!


The whole event, the emotions, questions and my answers:

Question: Describe yourself in few words, please…

I love interesting stories and legends. Books and movies are inspirating me and I perceive them as a specific channel of communication with their authors.

Question: What do you love?

I love adventures that take us through the ages and help us to experience countless earthly and celestial places… I love Sofia, Sicily, Istanbul, Rome, Seville, London... the towns like museums under open sky, I like discovering these scenes of legends and secrets, history, journeys, culture, and ancient remains.

Question: Which is your favourite book for teens?

When I was a child I liked very much The Three Musketeers as well as Jack London’s books. Today the teens have Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings which are both suitable for all ages. The Little Prince of A.S.Exupery influenced me the most. This is why I put a quotation from it in the beginning of my book. I love it because it is also for people from different ages.

Question: Who would read the book?

Although it it is purposed for teens I hope that all people with great imagination would love it. It is a lifeboat for everybody who loves to be drawn from everyday life in the free time and yearns to sink emotionally in another world when the reality is not enough.

Question: What gave you inspiration?

Night hours! I like them 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. Today information about them, about many galaxies is available on the Internet. I was always curious about the comparison between our Milky Way and the other galaxies. I wonder what would be a usual day for us at the neighbor Sagittarius galaxy if we live there. And the opposite, if we were Sagittarians, how we would feel starting a journey to the unknown planet Earth? How would a starry boy feel if he falls on the Earth and what would be the mix of the past, presence and future of our world for him…

Question: How much time you have written the book?

I cannot count exactly how many months or years I have worked on it. I wrote other manuscripts along the way but The Starlight Prince had always drawn me. I loved to work over the plot; I was thirsty to finish it; and to bring it to the world one day. Now the last sentence is written, the pages are wrapped with beautiful covers in warm colors… but I miss the hours when I was sitting behind my laptop and going with my hero on his next adventure… There is a sense of sadness that the journey is over.

Question: Why did you take the risk to write it in English?

I am lucky to be part of the Internet generation. 40-50 years ago my initiative would have been an inanity, and the book would have been left in a cupboard at home without a chance for publication or being read by someone some time. I believe that when one loves to do something - to climb mountains, to play a game soccer or to write -  he or she just does it because of the pleasure and despite the result. Of course, there is also thought about success in everyone.

Question: Would you describe your book in few words?

Magical realism.

Question: But what do you want to say with it? What is the main idea? Why did you decide to make a story specifically about this idea?

If I must summarize it in a sentence, hmm, well: “If the human's world becomes boring, we have the sky and stars."
A young boy lived alone on his tiny planet at the end of the Sagittarius galaxy. On his trips to other celestial spheres, he had seen that there were no lonely stars in the universe and even the most powerful one, the sun in the neighbouring Milky Way galaxy, had a friend - Nemesis. In a search for his first friend, The Starlight Prince caught a passing comet and, deluged by a haze of star-dust, entered the solar system.
Landing on the planet Earth he found himself on an unbelievably beautiful island. There, at the Valley of the Temples, the ancient Olympic Gods had been spending their summer rests for millennia. Far above the tree tops and hidden by the clouds, The Prince noticed The Little Olympic God who according to the Olympic allocation of duties was responsible for friendships. Amazed by his divine work destined to inspire friendliness in humans, the celestial boy was sure that The Little God could help him, too.
Trying to face him in person, The Starlight Prince remained on Earth. He followed a young teen company and took part of their unusual experience in an ancient Castle. This beautiful building claimed it functioned as a hotel but after their arrival to spend their vacation there it became the strangest hotel in the world with mysterious inhabitants, history, and secrets.
A great Master of magic was trying to harness the nature elements to become immortal as prescribed in a magical manuscript written long ago by the Olympic Gods. This text was given to the Little God of friendships for safekeeping.

During the long adventure the lonely celestial boy found his first friend, The Little Olympic God.

Question: Do you like your main character The Starlight Prince? Why?

Once I saw a Russian play at the theatre. Its playwright claimed there is a tunnel, a gap in the time and it is there that the writers meet their characters. The Three sisters and A.P. Chekov, Prince Mishkin and Dostoevsky, Prince Bolkonski and L.N. Tolstoy found each other on the stage. That evening I thought I would like to meet my characters in real life if it was possible. I like them! I would not be good in describing Hannibal Lector. But for the starry boy and other heroes I am thankful to my imagination because it had created them. They have been my very friendly company during the long and sometimes boring hours of writing.

Question: Where are you going to after the book?

To the next journey and story. Million thanks for being with me on my lifelong adventure through the ages, through countless earthly and celestial places. Thanks for meeting my characters in their settings and for being part of their life...
I put a couple of ideas, thoughts and efforts in two short stories of my second book “Tales of Love” - “The last secrets of the ancient island” and “A Beautiful Story”. I am feeling really honored with the decision of Rose Heart Publishing to publish them!

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