St. John of the Midfield Synopsis:
An almost mystical story of Bobo Stoikov, one of the world’s greatest soccer players, who escapes death in communist Bulgaria to find the American Dream. Due to sever injury during Bobo’s escape, he is unable to play once he arrives in America.
Though he finds peace and happiness in simply coaching soccer to youth travel teams, his eccentric ways of teaching and his success lead to a hate-filled rivalry, and eventually, his death
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
My son’s coach suggested to me that he knew my son was a midfielder based on his willingness to sacrifice for his team. He told both of us that to be a midfielder a player had to be a good person. Midflelders never play for themselves. I built my book around his explanation over a ten-year period until it finally burned out of me.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
The story is written in my head, then it goes to an outline. From there, I just have to connect the dots.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
Yes. The title and the entire story are finished in my head before I start. (Minor changes occur when my wife reads the text and tells me it sucks)
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
I like to introduce minor characteristics first, then us dialogue to establish their personality, then bring in major features afterward. I build the character personality chapter by chapter.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Of course, I’m the guy in the book who’s performing all the acts of kindness. At least that’s what I tell myself. In this book, I’m a combination of Mario Santini and Bobo Stoikov, with only a little Sonny Christopher sprinkled in.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
I enjoy the apostolic metaphors Bobo establishes for the players. I also enjoy the boxing scenes. Many of them I lived first hand.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
I’ve had a good experience with Booksurge. I didn’t look anywhere else. I like being in control and working with my established group of editors and readers.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be published if technology didn’t open the doors in the publishing world. Today, you can have your book on the market without being a tenured professor or a big named author.
What has been the best part about being published?
I enjoy being taken seriously during television or radio interviews. I also like interacting with readers who have dissected my book and too want to discuss it seriously.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
That the novel is a serious work, crafted by a veteran writer, who used all of his skills to create vivid scenes, vivid characters, with an unpredictable plot line. I hope Bobo Stoikov becomes part of their conscious mind and they remember him like all great literary characters.
Do you have plans to write another book?
I’ll take off about 6 months to just read. I have a work in the pipeline. Expect something to come out at the end of 08.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
You’re in good hands with the Pump up Your Book Promotion group. They’re all professionals who understand the in and outs of the business. This group has discovered a niche for marketing books on-line. They’re not your typical stufi’ publishing types. They are down to earth and always available to assist you in the promotion of your book. I’m enjoying the tour immensely.
Where can readers find a copy of your book? Amazon, Booksurge, and at
Thanks for sharing your characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I wish you success during the rest of your virtual book tour.