First Language(s): Bulgarian
Second Language(s): English
Nikola Dimitrov is a high-functioning daydreamer who spends his time writing Love Letters to the Universe, a collection of science fiction short stories. In 2018 he graduated from Goethe Universität Frankfurt after completing a thesis on the relationship between religion and science in science fiction. He continues to pursue this subject in narrative form at the University of Edinburgh where he studies the craft of storytelling. For most of his life, he has been exploring different countries, languages, and cultures and plans to keep enriching and expanding his worldview for the benefit of his writing.
What was your favorite book as a child?
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew" by C.S. Lewis
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
The death of my grandfather unlocked an untapped well of creativity within me. It was a catalyst for both my music, as well as my writing.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
I decided to leave my home country to go to Germany without speaking the language. Six years later, I left the country with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Musicology.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I am a musician, and music is an inseparable part of my process. During the writing of "Calliope's Laughter”, I was listening predominantly to 17th and 18th century Italian composers. Amongst them were Alessandro Scarlatti and his son, Domeniko Scarlatti, whose Sonata in F-minor eventually found its way into the story.
Issue Spring '20