Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Teodora Kostova for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Mask (West End #2)
Author: Teodora Kostova
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed Mask (West End #2). You can find the review here.
Adam Fischer doesn’t believe in second chances. Heartbroken after his lover Charlie leaves him to chase his music career in L.A., Adam is convinced that meaningless one-night-stands are all life has in store for him.
Until fate drops Penn Shields in his lap.
Penn is a young, talented designer fresh out of college who has just landed his dream job as a wardrobe assistant in Queen Victoria theatre, where Adam is performing in a popular musical.
He’s also Charlie’s brother.
The last thing Penn wants is to follow in his brother’s footsteps, especially since they haven’t spoken in years. However, the attraction he feels for Adam grows with each day, and soon resisting it proves to be futile.
As Adam and Penn get to know each other intimately, they both realise that first impressions may be deceiving, and that, sometimes, second chances come in the same packaging.
*explicit sexual content, graphic language and adult themes. Recommended for readers 18+ only*
Where did the idea come from for the West End Series?
The idea was born as I was watching a West End musical. It hit me so fast that I couldn’t wait to get home and start writing. It was a welcome feeling because up until then I’d been blocked for over six months, unable to summon any desire to write a single word. I was so thankful that the fog clouding my brain finally lifted even if it was with an idea for a story I was not supposed to be writing right then, and that was totally out of my comfort zone and genre I was currently writing in.
It wasn’t supposed to be a series – I wrote with the mindset that it’ll be a single book. But people liked it so much that they asked about Adam and whether I’d write his story, and I thought, why not?
My favourite character so far is Fenix. Who is yours?
Cheeky question 😉 The politically correct answer is: I love all my characters, I created them, it’s like asking me to choose between my children, *cough* Adam *cough*
How do you find the inspiration for your covers? They are gorgeous!
Thank you! My covers are very important to me – they need to perfectly resemble the characters and the story I’m writing. I usually scroll through the stock photo sites until I see something that just jumps out and I’m confident that’s what I’m looking for. It takes a lot of time, though…
Will there be a third book? I have a good feeling about a certain shop owner and a drama queen from the theatre?
So you sensed that, eh? Yeah – unfortunately, just when I thought I was done with the series, a certain drama queen and a certain shop owner poked their heads and demanded their own story. That was hugely surprising to me, and totally unplanned. But I’ll go for it, see what happens.
You write both MF and MM romance. Which do you prefer and why?
As a reader, I prefer reading MM romance lately – I think I overdid the MF romance for so long that I kinda got fed up.
As a writer, I enjoy writing both, but I’m never going to force myself to write something I’m not willing to at this particular moment. That’s how I got blocked the last time, and the feeling was excruciating – I thought I was done with writing forever. So, right now, I enjoy writing MM, and that’s what I’m doing. Who knows what’ll happen this time next year – I might write a horror book to spice things up.
What is the best and worst thing of being an author?
The best is definitely interacting with my readers, hearing how much they loved my books and how much they affected them. I’ll never forget this email I got about the first book in my MF series – In a Heartbeat – from a girl with cancer (my heroine has cancer) who said how much she empathised with Stella, and how she’d had moments when she’d felt exactly the same way Stella did. She said she was moved to tears, and felt as if reading about her own life, in a way. That is one of the most amazing things about being an author – being able to touch people’s hearts, even for a few hours while they read your book.
I’ve met so many people through my books, some of them have become close friends, and that is something I’ll always treasure.
As for the worst – probably the time it takes to release a book. It’s not just about writing it – it’s rewriting, editing, promoting… It’s very time consuming and it takes a toll on my time with my family and friends.
What was the last book you read that sticks in your mind?
The last was ‘Return on Investment’ by Aleksandr Voinov. Amazing book, beautiful writing – it’s already on my ‘definite re-reads’ shelf.
If you could go back in history and meet any one person – who would it be?
Probably Hemingway – I’m not a huge fan of his books, but his confidence (border line arrogance) fascinates me and I’d love to spend a day with him and learn how to stop doubting my writing, and grown a thicker skin when it comes to critics. He’d probably tell me to bugger off, but it’s still worth a try.
Beverley wants to know if you will be at the UK meet next year and would you consider going to GRL?
Yes – I already booked my place for the UK Meet – it was awesome this year and I’m so looking forward to next year!
I’ll definitely consider going to GRL – it’s so far away from London that it’ll take a lot more planning, but I’ll do everything I can to go next year.
Twelve years in Britain….Tea or Coffee?
Even after 50 years the answer will be the same – coffee. I like it strong and sweet – just like my men.
About the Author:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me. When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a kid.
Don’t be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.
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