George Ivanoff – Interview (Jul 2014)

George Ivanoff

Q. Tell us 5 words that best describe you?

Happy. Creative. Tenacious. Polyhedron. Insane!

Q. Do you begin your stories on the computer or do you use a pen and paper?

I always start with pen and paper. I have a notebook that goes with me most places and I jot down ideas whenever I get them. When I start a new project, that project gets its own dedicated notebook in which I brainstorm ideas. I then move to a computer to write.

Things are a little different with the You Choose  books. These are multiple-path, interactive books where the reader gets to make choices about the direction of the story. In between the notebook and the computer stages, one of these books also gets a whiteboard (below), as I meticulously plan out of the branching storylines.

George Ivanoff - Dead Mans Cove

Q. Do your characters wake you up at night with ideas?

Yes! I get my best ideas in bed at night or while out jogging. I have a notepad and pen on my bedside table. I’ve gotten quite good at writing in the dark (reading it the following morning is another matter altogether). But when I’m jogging, I have to keep the ideas in my mind until I get home to write them down.

Q. What inspires you?

Everything – the things I do and the people I meet; the books I read and the stuff I watch on TV; life in general is full of inspiration.

Q. How did you celebrate your first book being published?

You know what? I can’t remember. I do suffer a bit from Swiss Cheese memory and my first book, Life Death and Detention,  was published back in 1999. In fact, it came out about a week prior to my wedding, so it’s a little overshadowed in my memories. But I can tell you that when the new updated edition came out in 2012, there was much wine and cheese consumed (red wine and skeazy cheeses are some of my favourite things in life).

Q. With many successes to your credit how do you continue to push yourself as a writer?

I enjoy writing. And I have way more ideas spinning around in my cluttered mind than I will ever have the time to write. So it’s simply a matter of choosing what to write next.

Q. If you could be any character from any book for a day who would you be and why?

I’m quite happy just being me, actually. Becoming someone else, no matter how appealing it may initially seem, would come with consequences… because there are ALWAYS consequences. So if I had to be a character from a book, even for only a limited time, I think I’d have to write myself into a book so that I could choose to be me. 🙂

Q. Tell us how you came up with the idea for your You Choose series?

Very simple answer to this one… I loved reading the Choose Your Own Adventure  books as a teenager (as well as other variants on the format) and I wanted to write my own versions. So my You Choose  books are simply an excuse for me to relive my childhood.

Q. What’s next from George Ivanoff?

I’ve got some short stories coming out in a new set of children’s anthologies later this year. They haven’t been announced yet, so that’s all I can tell you about them for the moment.

I’m also working on some new projects, but I’m don’t know which (if any) will ever see the light of day. So best not to go into them yet.

Hmmm… I’m not really giving you much here, am I?

I’d love to write some more You Choose  books, but that will very much depend on the sales figures for the first four books. So this is where I start groveling and pleading for people to run out and buy lots of copies. 😉

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