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Author Interview: ‘William Calhoun and The Black Feather: Book 1’ by Aik Iskandaryan

About the Book:

William Calhoun is found by a representative of an ancient race of magic beings calling themselves Mailmages. He tells fourteen-years-old William that each wizard kin has a mailmage kin serving them and inseparably connected to them by ancient magic, and that he himself is a mailmage of the Calhoun kin and that William and he are the last representatives of their kins. With his help, William returns to the world of wizards, where his ancestors from the Calhoun kin had lived for centuries, and finds out that an ancient and mysterious place called the ‘Magic Feather Graveyard’ has chosen him as its new Keeper and now he is connected to it by an unbreakable Magic Contract.

In this world, completely new to him, he finds friends and with their help, he learns the secrets of his kin he knows almost nothing about. He also reconsiders the mysterious legacy from his unknown ancestor – the Magic Feather.

He is scared by the fact that unlike other wizards, he got his Magic Feather not at the age of 7, but in the first days after his birth, and it has been growing together with him all these years.

William enrols in the Preparatory Course of magic, where he learns more and more about the hidden abilities of his Magic Feather, which is also a real living being with a memory, a personality, and an incredible power. William’s world changes completely, but soon it turns out that together with William, a powerful killer of wizards has returned to the Wizard Community and William is his #1 target.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

When someone asks me to tell about me, I suddenly remember all 30 years of my life and don’t even know where to start. I can say that I worked in the hospital for a couple of years, often saw people die and some day I realized that I wanted to talk to people about miracles, about life and that there is not a single person whose life would be something insignificant and unimportant. Each person, his life is a full storyline in which he is the main character, he has problems that he is trying to solve every day, there is a love line and even enemies. That’s why when we write a storyline for a story, we write about all this – because of all of this is our life. Our every day. Every morning we wake up and try to change something in our life for the better, to become happier. But, each of us fails (and often!) And this is normal! That’s how life works. This is its essence – that we do not just receive good things and good people, but deserve them, fight to receive them – after all, the process of struggle also turns us into winners. This process teaches us life and makes it more viable. And this means that giving up means denying yourself any chance of winning.

As you can see, I like to talk about it. That’s why I decided to become a writer. I want to talk about it in the language of my stories through my characters, to inspire people to overcome difficulties and get out of them as winners! To inspire them to live, and do it as energetically as possible!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Time and place do not matter to me. I write only when there is nobody around me and when it is quiet. Only in this way I can hear the voice inside me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I believe that we are like flash drives! And if we manage to connect to “Heavenly Google”, then we can “download” from there “data” into ourselves and share these “files” with other people. So, I do not think that the thoughts that come to visit us are generated within us. All we have to do is relax and connect to “Heavenly Google”, where everyone can upload only what they like. Einstein “downloaded” the Theory of Relativity from there, and I – the story of William Calhoun.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I always say that the real writer does not invent the whole story. His task is to simply invent a plot and determine for himself the rules of the game in the plot.

For example, a protagonist can do this and that, but he is not able to do something else. After all, this is how everything happens in our life. We can’t drink the Atlantic Ocean, or lift a finger to the Empire State Building. We all have weaknesses and shortcomings – and this is normal. And even when we write a fantasy story, we cannot make the main character omnipotent, because otherwise, he will not be like us, since he will not have weaknesses. And to me personally, such a protagonist is not at all interesting.

So here. When we come up with an interesting event, we place the main character in this event and set the rules of the game for ourselves, after that the writer has already finished his work and the detective should be awakened in it! Sherlock Holmes! Because at this stage the investigation process begins: the writer asks himself “Why did the characters get this way? What were his motives for doing this? Why is he making the only way out of the situation?” The author should not answer these questions on the principle “Because I want it so,” no. On the contrary, he, as well as his reader, then impatiently weighs all the facts, keeps in mind the rules of the game, which he asked and finds the only logical way to continue. Yes, sometimes the author may not like the way events unfold, but these are his problems. His task is to follow the plot and be logical. This is the most interesting thing in the process of writing a book, since the author is looking forward to finding out how it will end and he is constantly looking for “evidence”, “footprints”, “interconnection” – this is wonderful.

I love to write books. And therefore, we can say the next: if you start writing books, but you still do not get to the “Investigation” process, it means that you just manipulate the plot and make it be what you want it to be. And your book will turn out to be just a subjective point of view, and not an independent story. In fact, your task as soon as possible is to turn the plot into a living organism, into an independent being, and after that with an interest to follow it and say to yourself: Wow! I can not believe this! I absolutely love it!

And then, believe me, your readers will be delighted too.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Fantasy, mysticism, and somewhere even horror. I believe that everything is possible in our life. And therefore, when I write fantasy, I do not think that I am writing something that is impossible in our life. Otherwise it would be boring. I like to think that we don’t know much about the world in which we live. And indeed it is. And if this is so, then each of us can tell others about our own vision of what secrets our world holds. And the fantasy genre gives the writer this opportunity.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I wish I knew…

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

By the age of twenty, I had read over 2,000 books. I counted because I wanted to break my father’s record. )) And you know, when I read all these books, I did not even notice that they brought me up. And at some point, I became what I am. Thanks to the books. Different books!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am reading the second book about the adventures of William Calhoun, because I am writing it now. ))

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. This book teaches that there is nothing impossible in the world. You just need to really want to. And when I read this book, I thought: «I think I’ll miss you, Jonathan» ©
Great book!

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

It’s simple. Books should be written only in case it makes you truly happy. Then your readers will be happy too.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

For the time being, I am just forming an online platform for the fan base of my book. Everything is in process, but you can subscribe to my Facebook page to follow updates.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aik.iskandaryan

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aik_iskandaryan



About the Author:

Born in Armenia in 1988 in a family of teachers, Aik Iskandaryan went to study with a doctor after which he worked for a couple of years in the intensive care unit and then in the morgue. According to him, only there he realized that in the world there is nothing more valuable than human life and no matter what it is – full or not. Since then, Aik left medicine and began to write books, scripts, poems and plays. The last few years he lives a hermit in Russia and only recently found his publisher in the United States. The book “William Calhoun and the Black Feather” is very popular in Russia and has only recently been translated into English. All the books in the series of novels about the adventures of William Calhoun will be 8 and very soon the release of the second book is expected.

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