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Author Interview: Meglena Ivanova


Meglena Ivanova wrote The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults *review* and asked me if I would read and review her books, and of course I said yes. I asked her some questions about herself and wanted to know if she would answer them. She said she would so here is the interview we have put together!

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Tell us about yourself…

Hi everybody, my name is Meglena Ivanova and I’m the author of the very new YA fiction book – The Legend of The Moonstone. I’m from Bulgaria, but now I live in NYC with my husband, bearded dragon and abnormally strange cat. One of my favorite things to do is to cook. I love taking the time to plan and prepare meals. I try to use all organic ingredients and make everything from scratch. I’m also into dancing, movies, and Apple products. Occasionally I like to write short (usually about mystical, mythological creatures and old but sacred objects that are described in ancient legends) fiction stories.

When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

I always intended to be a writer from the moment I could read, really. I started out writing as a child of about ten. I was following two voices. First was a voice from outside, my mother’s voice, which told me I was good with words and very creative. But you also have to follow your own voice; about what feels right and what doesn’t. And when I sat down to write an assay or story, I felt more at home with myself than at any other time. So the two voices together helped me decide. I still enjoy writing essays, but now I’m more focused on writing books.

What went through your mind when you realized your book was being published?

It’s funny you mention this. It was a pretty intense experience; I wrote between classes. I understood in some way how hard it would be once I got out into the non-college world to find time to write and I wanted to give myself a head start. When I moved to New York in 2011 I didn’t know that I would be published author one day, but when I saw my book at Amazon my heart started beating so fast. I can’t explain the feeling I got, my book cover looking at me. My heart swelled up as did my eyes. I said yes thank you, thank you and since then I’m so happy about it.

If your novel was made into a movie, who could you see playing the main characters?

Sometimes it’s fun to think about which actors could best portray the characters in your book.  Sometimes, I think it even helps get a better picture of what these characters could look like and how they could carry themselves.

For my Moonstone story, if it was made into a movie, I’d love to see the following cast:

  • Jim Broadbent as Professor Stransky;

  • Jennifer Lawrence or Bella Thorne as Sophia Mortal;

  • Logan Lerman or Zac Efron as Daniel De Novo;

  • Jamie Dornan as Christoph Collins;

What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t reading or writing?

When I’m not writing, reading or blogging, I enjoy gaining insights into the psychologies of other cultures and times, cooking or hanging out with my bearded dragon and my friends, my family.

Where is your favorite place to read?

I love sitting on the deck to read. I love reading by the fire as well…With hot cocoa or tea. :)  But my favorite places to read are at the Subway and at any Coffee shop.

What book are you reading now?

My friend Tony gave me an idea though. She recently posted about the books she wants to re-read. I really like crossing things off the list.

Therefore I present to you the books I must and shall re-read this month:

I have many beloved non-fiction books but instead of re-reading them cover to cover, I tend to page through specific chapters and sections, as needed. But I needed to keep this list short if I’m really going to follow through. Otherwise, I’d have added Harry Potter and a few other worthy tomes. All in good time.

Most anticipated read of 2014?

I plan on making a decided effort to catch up on a few authors that I’ve just discovered or have found my neglecting for newer shinier releases. Some of the books I would like to read are:

  • Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

  • Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

  • The Shadow Throne by Django

  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

  • Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards

  • Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick

….. and many more.

Are there any authors who have caught your interest?

My favorite authors include Aleko Konstantinov, Ivan Vazov, Dimitar Dimov, Atanas Dalchev, David and Leigh Eddings, Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, Anne Rice, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Lynn Flewelling, Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, C. S. Lewis, L. J. Smith, J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Mayer, Nick Cassavetes and more. I read a lot of non-fiction and fiction, mostly science fiction & fantasy, also and religion & spirituality.

Favorite book/books of all time?

Some of my favorite books are The Belgariad and The Malloreon; The Chronicles of Narnia, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children, The Monsters and the Critics; The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings; Interview with the Vampire; Man in Black; The Notebook, The Da Vinci Code and the Sixth Seal; The Alchemist; Eleven Minutes; Twilight; Harry Potter’s books and more.

Are you writing anything right now?

I’m currently writing my second book from the sacred stones trilogy – The Bloodstone. I am not even done with the book and I have generated so much buzz over the project that I have had several people tell me that they want autographed copied of the work. I am still getting used to these requests.. It feels good though… to have people reacting so strongly just to even the concept of my book, I just can’t wait to finish it and move into the next phase of promoting it. When it’s ready I promise I will send it to you for an honest review. You are great Aubrey!!!

Thank you so much for all of your help and for the great review you wrote for my book – The Legend of The Moonstone.

Anyone who sends me an email and mentions reading my interview on your blog can get a FREE COPY, just enter “Meglena Ivanova” in the subject line.  :)

Warm wishes,

Meglena Ivanova

(w) http://meglenaivanova.com – The Lights in the Sky

(b) http://meglenaivanova.wordpress.com

(e) meglena.ivanovany@gmail.com

(t) https://twitter.com/Meglena_Ivanova

(f) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meglena-Ivanova/505904209458076

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7216923.Meglena_Ivanova

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Moonstone-Series-Adults/dp/1491802286

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/377347

Thank you so much Meglena for the interview and the chance to read your book! It’s been amazing getting to know you!

 

Review: The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova


The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova

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Title: The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults

Author: Meglena Ivanova

Release Date: August 7, 2013

Publisher: Authorhouse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 196

Source: sent by author for review

When Daniel first met Professor Stransky, he was only fifteen. Daniel was amazed by everything in the hall. All gems and minerals the Professor had exhibited behind the glass panes seemed to bewitch him, and the story of the Moonstone changed his life and philosophy thoroughly. What happened the day they met, predestined events that would have happened anyway, but this was the best way to start them. After his encounter with the Professor, Daniel improved his results and soon was admitted to the University where Stransky taught. It had been several years since the meeting between the mysterious Professor and the boy with extraordinary power. Some very important moments of this meeting were engraved in the memories of both of them, but they seemed to be replaced by others, required by the present. When they met again, the thought of these past memories lurked in their minds as if this meeting had not been fully completed and that gave them no peace day or night. For a long time none of them had remembered their first encounter. While Professor Stransky was telling the legend of the Moonstone, however, something had broken in both of them and they had started tying up the events of their lives that had led to this current moment when the story of The Moonstone was perceived as fact rather than fiction.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This wasn’t a bad idea for a book, but it was very confusing. I had no idea what was goin on fo at least half the book. I didn’t hate it but it wasn’t blow-me-away-amazing. I think there was way too much going on at once. Giants, the Moon, reincarnated kid, sleeping parents, and love. It was a lot and a little hard to follow. I really enjoyed the romance parts at the end even though I don’t particulary like romance novels. *props to Meglena*

Characters:

In this book there was very little character development, and that bothered me a little bit. By page 100 I still didn’t understand the point of the girl even being there. By the end I knew what her point was, though. I liked Professor Stransky because he liked reading and learning. Daniel, although being the main character, didn’t help the story a ton. He didn’t hurt the story, but there wasn’t a huge point for him to be there. By the end of the book I still didn’t understand that Kyle was using Daniel as a host. I thought he was a completely different person. I have no idea why I thought that, but I did.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Professor Stransky because he’s my favorite character and he spends his time reading all day. Come on, that would be awesome :) He was my favorite character because he had the most development throughout the book. I knew the most about him. I liked that he likes learning, but who devotes their whole life learning about one stone. That still puzzles me. Wouldn’t you want to do something worthwhile with your life other than be an expert on one simple thing?

Big thanks to Meglena for sending me this book! I am so glad that I got to read and review it for you. I loved emailing back and forth and getting to know you better!

P.S. I think you would be very good in more of a romance genre because the best parts of the book were the romance parts!

Thanks again! Love, Aubrey Joy

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Updates


I had been corresponding with Meglena Ivanova, author of The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova, and she asked me if I would want to do a guest post on her blog. I said yes and sent her a post that I deemed worthy of a post on her blog. *link to the guest post* The author of some books I’ve read and reviewed, Elizabeth Miles, also favorited my tweet about my review of Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles. *Elizabeth Miles Twitter* I was very excited that the author of the book that I just reviewed possibly looked at my blog. :)

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (4)


Today I just finished Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I cannot wait to pick up the last book in this series and finishing it out! I liked the first one, Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) – Elizabeth Miles better than this one, but I still enjoyed the second installment. I like the characters in these books and, like I said, continue with the third. I just started The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova. I’m not far enough into it to know if I will enjoy it or not, but I’m excited to read it! It seems so interesting :)

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Mentioned!


I have great news again! This blog has been mentioned twice in the past two days on different blogs! My review for Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson was posted onto her website last night. I was ecstatic when I saw it this morning. I also woke up to an email from Meglena Ivanova about writing a guest post on her blog. I’m still a little confused on how to write a guest post, so I will have to do some more research about that. I cannot wait to read her book, The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova.

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Thank you to the both of y0u for asking me to read and review, or guest post! It means a lot!!

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#FridayReads (3)


This week has been very exciting for me. I read and reviewed Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson and also had an author interview (here). I liked it a lot and after that amazing endeavor, I got another email asking if I would: read, review, have another author interview, and have a guest blog post. Meglena Ivanova emailed me and asked if I would read her book, The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults. I am so excited and am so proud that I have gotten this far in such a short amount of time.

Done with my update for the week, this weekend I plan to finish The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare, Joshua Lewis, Cassandra Jean and start The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I started The Shadowhunter’s Codex at the beginning of December because I needed my Mortal Instruments fix… Have been missing it and CANNOT WAIT for City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare. I haven’t finished it because it’s very odd and difficult to read. It’s written as a textbook, but for fiction literature. It isn’t that I don’t like it, I do, it’s just difficult to get through. I plan to finish that tonight because I want to be done with it. I will probably start The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald right after I finish Cassandra Clare’s novel. I love the movie of The Great Gatsby and have watched it three times. I almost cried so I don’t really know if I’m mentally prepared to read it, but I’ll give it a go. My teacher also wants me to read it because I’m “the reader” in the freshman grade…

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