Bozhinov has worked as music journalist, written and
and the Big-Nosed Devil,
which was performed in London, and been published in several
independent magazines, including Interlude Magazine, The High Horse,
and 20×20 Magazine.
with Kiril Bozhinov
How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?
Kiril Bozhinov: It took a year to complete the collection. On average each story took 2-3 days, including editing, etc.
TSR: Did you
have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
KB: At the beginning not at all. I think it was after five-six stories I realised they can live in a collection.
TSR: How did
you choose which stories to include and in what order?
seven of the eight stories, when completed, had very similar number of
words. I think the difference between the minimum and maximum was
something like 150 words. Then I thought of bringing them to the same
number of words, idea that luckily I discarded pretty soon. So, the
order goes from longest to shortest.
does the word "story"
mean to you?
KB: Annihilation, mystification, unmasking, abstaining … anything but entertainment.
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
Not particularly. Maybe a ‘curious’ reader.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
KB: Did it make sense?
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
KB: I think same as when I am buying other people’s books.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
KB: A novel about a lexicologist.
TSR: What are
the three most recent short story collections you've read?
KB: The Comic Stories by Chekhov; The New Dubliners – Short stories by Irish writers; and Paul Bowles – Stories;