The Feeding Season - Stoyan T. Stoyanov
I love apocalyptic stories. LOVE THEM. Nothing sets my adrenaline in motion quicker than a plot containing the destruction of our current society and characters adjusting to that destruction. Some of my favorite books and authors have focused on this very plot (ahem, Terry Brooks).
It's even more enjoyable to me when an author chooses not to go in the normal zombie direction as the majority of media these days.
So I very much enjoyed The Feeding Season and the twists and turns that it threw as I followed the plot.
If you’re looking for a slightly different take on the end of civilization, I recommend that you give this one a chance.
Some Bio Information
Writing fiction novel is my dream come true - ever since my teenage years when I first experienced the thrilling emotion of sharing my ideas on paper. My work as a concept artist for the gaming industry fueled my imagination and helped me recreate into my book the imaginary worlds that I am drawing out of a sketch. I currently live in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and work for one of the biggest German-based gaming studios. When not writing or drawing, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my two boys.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
One night I had this idea about a boy, struggling to find his way and survive in an apocalyptic world. Then I spent some time just keeping the idea safe in my mind and giving it time to grow. The story seemed interesting enough and deserving the time and efforts to write it down and have a whole book to share with the readers. This seemed as the easiest way of idea-sharing but turned out to be a very hard task.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
After this one night’s inspiration I spent at least two months in fine-tuning the plot and characters, the setting and the twists. Then the real writing started and I used every single moment that I had to “waste” apart from my full time job and family engagements ;-).
I usually started writing in the evening and often I found myself spending two hours over just couple of sentences. I used every weekend and dedicated the afternoons to this project. I had a writer’s block, which took around two-three weeks to overcome. I managed to write the book in about a year and then my first private readers stepped in.
After I received their feedback and comments, I spent some time to edit some parts of the story, make it shorter or go deeper into more details, had some twists and characters’ development. Then I gave it in the hands of my editor and interpreter, while I focused on drafting and drawing the cover page. Being a concept artist made this part of the project the easiest ;-).
3) What types of readers would most enjoy your work?
I believe that everyone, who enjoys stories with unexpected end would like and appreciate the book. Generally, it is targeted at young adults, seduced by sci-fi apocalyptic genre.
4) What do you hope that readers take away from your work?
I do hope that coming to the end of the book would be as inspiring and meaningful for readers as it was for me to write it.
5) Who is your favorite fictional character?
Oh, so many names popping out in my mind ;-) I have a long-lasting relationship with sci-fi books, comics and art that it makes it really hard to say but definitely one of my top favorites is Samuel Vimes. I’m a huge fan of Sir Terry Pratchett’s work and what he creates has been an inspiration to me since the very first book that I have read.
6) How would you describe your writing style?
Unpretentious and easy to digest ;-)
7) What’s your ultimate writing goal?
Books are a great channel for sharing of interesting ideas and stories, each of them with a capacity to change and positively affect the everyday life routine. If readers have had a nice time reading my book, then I have accomplished my goal.