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Author Interview: ‘Gaia and Luna’ by Mark Newton

About the Book:

“Over the epochs she had thought she had seen everything. But nothing, not even those early days when she had to watch over her sister negotiate the furious eons of her fiery youth, compared to what she was now observing.”

Bang! And the universe is born.

And in a thoroughly nondescript part of the cosmos, eight wanderers, including Gaia and her diminutive satellite sister Luna, are placed by the great creator.

Then one day, Gaia announces that something has happened to her, something that she has called ‘Life’, and the two wanderers begin to study and curate and nurture this strange new phenomenon.

What wonders they witness, and what strange new concepts they discover as the Life evolves and diversifies at a breakneck pace.

Latterly, they observe the rise of a curious species of ape, the first emanation of Life to attain sentience and self-awareness. And as they follow and chart the rise of this ape to domination of the entire world, they become increasingly concerned about the behaviour of this ‘wise’ species, what it is doing to Gaia, and what might happen to them all as a result.

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

I am a UK citizen, but have not lived there since 2004. Instead, I have pursued a rather itinerant career as a research scientist for ca. 30 years who has worked in the US, the UK, France, and latterly Switzerland.

However, quite why I have started writing, as this is a new phenomenon in my life, I cannot say precisely. A few years ago I did make a start on a novel, and somewhere on my computer 70,000 or so words of another story exist; one which I still think has some merit to it, and may go back to one day. But something happened in mid-2018, and I decided to sit down and try to complete something, starting with a couple of short stories. Shortly after that, in Jan 2019, and for reasons that I still cannot explain, I started writing poetry on my phone (I still do). Then sometime between end of Jan  and the beginning of April 2019, I started to write what would become my first novel, on the train from Didcot to Reading having returned my son to his mum!

The source of the novel, and a fair amount of my poems, lies in what I can only describe as an unspeakable rage that appeared in me at that time (and by degrees is still with me) as to precisely how stupid we are as a species, and how we are likely heading toward a monumental disaster. We are, to paraphrase Luna, undeniably clever… but there seems to be precious little evidence of the sagacity (as a collective) that we have claimed as a species.

In this sense, I did not decide to write … it became an imperative, of the sort that Rilke describes in “Letters to a Young poet.” 

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

Time? Not specifically. Save for in the sense of when the opportunity presents itself and I feel like doing it. Same goes for reading (see below). The place does, however, seem to be more important, and that often specifies the time.

Most of Gaia and Luna, once I had gotten started on my phone, was written either: at home; on the terrace of the beer shop, next door to where I live; on the SBB (the Swiss railways), during trips to a European Lab in France, where I used to work; or in my mother’s kitchen, during visits home. Other than that, as by and large I have stopped writing at home for the moment, the only things I do at home are research and trying to edit whatever has emanated elsewhere. Poems I still write exclusively on my phone in the same sorts of places, and often during my commute back and forth from work.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

A very good question! One part of the answer, which is valid in the current case, I have already given above: anger.

That said, how to channel that into something creative is another issue. And again, somewhere in early 2019 it dawned upon me that the moon has always been there, and therefore has “seen” everything. From that I decided I could use her as a quasi-objective (quasi, as to my mind absolute objectivity does not exist) observer, recorder, and commentator upon, what has been going on her sister. And if I was to do that, then why not start with be very beginning of the universe and think about what sort of little collective our solar system might be. Once these things were in place, it was then a question of how to render a few aspects of astronomy and physics (which I hope I got right, as I am not a physicist), and then the evolution of life (an interest of mine in my younger days), along with elements of the last few thousand years history, into something correct, yet accessible, and maybe even amusing in parts.

I probably still haven’t answered the “where” bit of your question. My brain would be the concise and factual answer, but the “how” and the “why” I cannot help you with as I am sure I do not know myself!

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?

No, not really. Once the general idea had appeared I just start writing. That said, what I have, or what periodically emerges from my brain, I carry around in my head until it is required to be written down. The process is iterative, as precious little seems to come out that does not require some form of subsequent reconsideration, editing, or binning completely. But in general, I do not prepare preparatory notes or suchlike. Instead, I do just spend a lot of time thinking (which to the untrained eye looks remarkably like loafing about), and turning stuff over in my head before I do anything. One thing I have learned is that ideas have a nasty tendency evolve and grow in all sorts of odd and unexpected ways. That said one must start with something, and getting the general foundations of that something into place, to create a broad framework to work within, insofar as the idea lets you, is probably what I have done here.

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

Well, this is my first published novel, and according to my editor, and a few of the people who have left reviews online, it does not belong to any known genre of books and therefore cannot be easily categorised. Whether this is a good thing or not I cannot say, but I do take this as a compliment.

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

Another interesting question! Gaia and Luna I would not consider filmable, save for in the sense of animation, though it could lend itself to verbal rendition on, for instance, the radio. As such, we are talking about voices rather than anything else. In that respect, the novel does bring with it a number of possibilities, which I shall have to admit I have found myself thinking about from time to time. 

Personally I like the idea that one starts with the physical separation between Gaia and Luna, and then the relative distances between the various actors in the story. One would then relate the smallest distance (between Gaia and Luna) to something terrestrial, and from that work out where on the planet the rest of the characters would have to come from. You would then base their vocal characteristics on this geographical separation. There are limits, of course, as the Earth is a finite size and the relative distances involved occur over a few orders of magnitude… and I have yet to sit down and do the numbers to find out how this might restrict the idea! But, such an approach could relate both our own diversity as human beings to the considerable diversity that exists within solar system; an idea that I find quite appealing given the nature of the book.

I am afraid that this does not give you a listing of well know actors and suchlike, and I can but apologise for that. What actually intrigues me more is what sort of soundtrack could one think of? And in that respect I can actually specify someone: I would love to know what Evelyn Glennie, possibly assisted by a choir, might do with such a concept.

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

Yes, I do read, though I cannot say whether I read a lot or not. Curiously, I do not often read (or write, anymore) when at home. Do not know why. The writers I have liked, read considerably, and who have had a significant affect upon me at one time or another, I might list as being (in no particular order): 

(Writers to whom English is native) Stephen King and Ray Bradbury (both a long, long time ago); Jonathan Swift; J. G. Ballard; George Orwell; Aldous Huxley, Will Self; Martin Amis, Richard Dawkins and, more latterly, Robert Tressell (only one book but a damned fine one), Kurt Vonnegut, and Sylvia Plath.

(Writers read in translation): Aristophanes, Voltaire, Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Bulgakov, Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy (again, both some time ago), along with Lermontov (even though he only produced one novel, but as with Tressell, a very interesting one indeed), Andrey Kurkov, Albert Camus, and Ranier-Maria Rilke.

(French writers read in French): The Marquis De Sade, Emile Zola, Guy De Maupassant, Albert Camus, Francoise Sagan, George Bataille, Amelie Nothomb, Charles Baudelaire.

The above by the way covers likely over 40 years of reading!

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

I have just finished Emile Zola’s “Nana”. I made promise to Mr Zola a while back to read all of his Rougon-McQuart series in its original language, and I am about halfway! What to read next I have yet to decide. In front of me I have the following: “Pot Bouille,” the next in Zola’s series; Francoise Sagan’s, “Les quatre coins du Coeur”; Amelie Nothomb’s “Soif”; “The charmed wife” by Olga Grushin; a collection of the poetry of Coleridge; Stefan Schweig’s “Chess”; and, “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden………….. Like I said, I do not know yet which one I shall read next, but these will keep me going for a bit I figure.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Another question that is very interesting, but almost impossible to answer. There are many books, often for very different reasons, which have made me think or left a significant an impression on me. To reduce this to the simple notion of “favourite” without further parameterisation would not seem to me to be quite right.

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

This one seems a bit premature, given that I have only really started writing very recently, have only produced one complete work along with a whole load of poetry (?) that I know not what to do with… and still have a day job!

However, the one thing I would strongly advise anyone is, once they have something, go find a good editor. In this respect serendipity has smiled upon me greatly. In David Haviland, I have found an editor who has been excellent, and was willing to take a bit of a chance on an odd idea from some unknown bloke which appeared one day out of the aether as a precis. More than that David, at various stages of the review/editing process, has really had a very significant impact on what has finally appeared. He consistently made me think about things I had not thought of, and made me reflect (and then rewrite) a lot in respect of how to best to say what I wanted to say. This has been a priceless contribution from my point of view.

The other thing I should recommend is, as far as you can, run things passed anyone you can convince to read whatever you have, and give you feedback regarding what they thought of it… and do not be afraid of doing so. It has been a real eye-opener to start asking friends and colleagues to read something, especially some of the poetry. Some will, some won’t, and some say they will and then don’t! But those that do I have found are uniformly honest and often very insightful; and to all of them I am extremely grateful.

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

I do not exist on general social media; the only accounts I keep in this respect are ones related to my professional life. As such, and aside from maybe appearing in other people’s social messaging and what not, I do not really exist in that world.

Somewhat anachronistic I know, but for the moment I intend to keep it like that.

Other than that, I can only say that if anyone is interested in what I have produced, then one can find it at Goodreads, NetGalley, Loudhailer Books, on Amazon, and the web sites of a variety of booksellers. And in all those please one can also see whatever other people might have made of it, and decide for themselves whether or not it may have any interest to them.

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Book Blitz: ‘The Solar Realm’ by PM Black

Title: The Solar Realm

Author: PM Black

Genre: Fantasy

Sub-Genre: Science Fiction

About the Book:

Empress Saltome, sovereign of the eight planets, has been captured through an act of betrayal by blood-thirsty demons who plan to make the billions under her rule their personal livestock.

Hope for the survival of her people lies in Kora, an infamous assassin and loyal protector of the Empress who evaded capture with the Imperial Orb, the source of the Empress’ power. Kora is charged to deliver the orb and protect seventeen-year-old Jenanine Blackwater, the secret heir apparent of the realm and, outside of the Empress, the sole individual with the ability to wield the orb’s power.

Growing up in a hidden palace kingdom void of the racial hate plaguing her two largest neighbors, Jeanine can’t wait to begin her training as Empress. She wants to bring peace and well-being throughout The Eight while wearing the most fabulous dresses and hosting the most lavish balls.  

When Kora crash lands on their planet, she brings with her a league of demons and assassins hunting to destroy the Imperial Orb. The fate of The Eight now rests on a small band of warriors and a wide-eyed, young girl who has never left the hidden valley of her home. But what will happen when the few allies Jenanine has turn out to be her biggest threat?

Empress Saltome

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About the Author:

PM Black is an avid fantasy reader and enjoys J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson and everything in between. When she’s not nose deep into a book (or tablet), she loves watching movies, especially anything in the Marvel Universe. Essentially, any chance to dive into another world, she’s there. 

But don’t let those interests fool you! Most of her day is spent chasing around 3 little kids, ages 6, 5, and 2.5. She knows the school car drop-off line intimately, can chase down a very agile toddler with a handful of groceries, and can recite Llama Llama Red Pajama from memory. When they get a chance, she loves to spend quality time with her hubby of over twelve years and take naps on the couch while watching HGTV (her choice) or Forged in Fire (his choice).

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Author Interview: ‘Déjà Doomed’ by Edward M. Lerner

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On the Moon’s far side, shielded from Earth’s radio cacophony, Americans are building a radio-astronomy observatory. Russians sift the dust of a lunar “sea” for helium-3 to run future fusion reactors. Commercial robots, remotely operated from Earth, roam the Moon’s near side in a hunt for mineral wealth. Why chase distant asteroids for precious metals? Onetime asteroids must lie close beneath the much-bombarded lunar surface.

Then a prospecting robot encounters a desiccated, spacesuited figure. An alien figure ….

Americans from the lunar observatory investigate. Near the original find, underground, they discover an alien installation. Lunar Russians, realizing that the Americans are up to something clandestine, send their own small team. Each group distrusts the other … even before the fatal “accidents” begin. By the time anyone suspects what ancient evil they have awakened, it may be too late―

For everyone on Earth, too.

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

By training, I’m a physicist and computer engineer. I worked in high tech and aerospace for thirty years, for much of that period — when time permitted — writing science fiction as a hobby. In 2004, after selling my second novel — meaning the first wasn’t a fluke – I began writing full-time. 

But why did I start writing? I’d apparently been complaining more than usual about what I’d been reading, and my wife said something along the lines of I suppose you can do better. So really, I had no choice but to try.  

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

A place, yes: my well configured, however cluttered, home office. No preferred time apart from never early in the morning.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

More or less everywhere. Things I’ve read, both fiction and non. Things in the zeitgeist, digital and otherwise. Things people say, without intending to influence, much less to initiate, future story scribbling. Catchy turns of phrase that, often with years-long persistence, haunt me before finding release in some story. Vacation stops. Family history. Basically, being receptive to the myriad myriads of stimuli all around. 

Yet more briefly: no writer is ever entirely off-duty.

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?

The extent of the plan varies with the story, but I always know where a story is going. That’s not to say the plan never changes. Because the outline works for me, not the other way around. And also because characters will have things to say ….

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

I write science fiction, technothrillers, and popular science. Why? Because, first things first, I’m into science. Science is the best method we humans have found for understanding the world, improving our physical circumstances, and recovering from our own missteps. Science fiction just adds to that. SF not only entertains, it can — and often has — inspired people to become scientists and engineers. Me, for one.

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

To answer that, first I have to say something about the book. It’s a near-future adventure set mostly on the Moon. Our intrepid explorers find artifacts left by ancient alien visitors — and you just know nothing good can come of poking around in those. Even if the novel’s title weren’t Déjà Doomed.

For Marcus, the American engineer hero, the clear choice is Matt Damon. I mean, look how well Damon handled a similar role in The Martian. For Marcus’s foil, Yevgeny, the Russian spy whose cover is lunar bush pilot, I’d go with Sergey Puskepalis, aka the engineer Zaytsev in the submarine/caper movie Black Sea. And as Valerie, Marcus’s brilliant astronomer wife — not one to let being stuck on Earth get in the way of insinuating herself into the off-world action – Amy Adams, who did such an exceptional job playing the brilliant exo-linguist in the SF movie Arrival.

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

It’s a rare day I don’t read, whether science fiction or other fiction, science or history. I often have two or more books in progress.

Among the more classic SF authors, many of the usual suspects. Heinlein. Niven. Laumer. McDevitt. Brin. Turtledove. Among younger authors, Rob Sawyer, Ted Chiang, and Andy Weir. Outside the genre, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Harris, Jack Higgins. Many popular-science and popular-history authors. And my apologies to everyone slipping my mind at the moment.

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

In genre, a bit of a retrospective: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. Out of genre, a biology book, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

9: What is your favourite book and why?

One favorite? It’s not possible to pick one. Not even close.

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

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

Those would be my website, edwardmlerner.com, and my blog, blog.edwardmlerner.com. Also, shockingly enough, on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Amazon, always as Edward M. Lerner. In all cases, that’s spelled L-e-r-n-e-r.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EdwardMLerner

Amazon page: www.amazon.co.uk/Edward-M-Lerner/e/B001IGSZLQ

About the Author:

EDWARD M. LERNER worked in high tech and aerospace for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president, for much of that time writing science fiction as his hobby. Since 2004 he has written full-time. 

His novels range from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to futuristic mysteries, like The Company Man, to such traditional SF-adventure fare as Dark Secret and his InterstellarNet series. Collaborating with Larry Niven, Lerner also wrote the space-opera epic Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. His 2015 novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, won the inaugural Canopus Award “honoring excellence in interstellar writing.” His fiction has also been nominated for Locus, Prometheus, and Hugo awards. 

In shorter forms, Lerner’s writing has appeared in anthologies, collections, and many of the usual SF magazines and websites. He also writes about science and technology, most notably including Trope ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction.

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Book Blitz: ‘Afterworld’ by James G. Robertson

Title: Afterworld

Series: Next Life

Author: James G. Robertson

Publisher: Next Life Publishing

Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy / blend of Sci-fi and Dystopia

About the Book:

Death comes, and misery follows. As a man in his early twenties, Leon never genuinely contemplated what would happen after his death. Like those before him, he never understood the truth of our universe. After his sudden demise, the terrorizing reality of a mysterious dystopian afterlife begins crushing him as it has those prior. Men have started enslaving and killing each other to sate their greed while enigmatic creatures oppress the masses. Only a select few have shown the courage that is needed to challenge their supremacy.

Through this eclipsing darkness, there is hope. But will that hope prove to be enough to save this turbulent cosmos? The revelations of advanced science, magic, human savagery, and even our gods will be showcased. Both in a new light and disturbing darkness, will the verities of Earth and Afterworld give him a greater understanding of our universe; or in turn, begin to break him as they have done to so many before?

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Author James G Robertson is an award-winning Dark Fantasy, Dystopian, and Supernatural Horror author. He was born in a small town in Kansas, and also lived in Texas, Missouri, and New York, where he graduated college from SUNY Oswego in 2019, obtaining a bachelor’s in political science with a theatre minor. He has also received an associate’s degree in information network technology, which he received in 2012 from Pratt Community College. His first book, Afterworld, was originally published on May 1st, 2020. If you wish to know anything else, connect with him on twitter or by using the contact page on www.nextlifeuniverse.com/contact.

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Author Interview: ‘Grandest Revelation’ by Anubhav Anand

About the Book:

Astrophysics Professor Arthur Kane Davis survived a mysterious war, way before the Prehistoric era, only to brew plans in the present era to face the upcoming war once again. 

At the same time, Shawn Hammer, Grisha Hathaway, and Ravin Bhan encountered their respective hardships in different locations, just to unite together at a certain point where their paths were deemed to be crossed together. This convergence that they thought was a coincidence didn’t turn out to be so.

The trio learnt several theories and notions about their specialty that they thought didn’t exist or had no check with the reality. With the indulgence of Davis and other folks of their kind, the mystery began to unfold when they realized how large the picture was—they were the immediate descendants of the stars!

Imagine, if the stars would have life, then so they would have immense powers—the powers that have kept them alive for aeons; the powers that sometimes destroyed extraterrestrials and created chaos in the universe, because the universe was divided between good and evil stars.

But then…did the descendants know everything? Have they entirely understood the notions and the origin of their specialties and powers? Would they be able to adjust, or fate would be revamped upon some anomalies? And lastly…was it just about saving the universe from the evil stars or some conspiracy lied within the structure?

In order to seek these answers, they’ll have to encounter multiple revelations…only to embrace the grandest revelation of all time.

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

There was a part of me that always created stories since my childhood. I never got them into writing—well, it was just a bunch of straight and simple plots. I started writing when I was ten-year-old. I wrote something of two hundred pages on my desktop, which I thought was a scrap—and I lost that anyway since the hard drive crashed. Then, I wrote something of similar pages on notebooks, which again, got lost somewhere. At that time, I did realize from my writing that it wasn’t perfect. Perfect in terms of language and story-making. I thought to wait for the right time! And then, I began writing poems and short stories when I touched eighteen. 

I came across this plot five years ago whilst I was traveling on the train, accompanied by my own thoughts. I always knew that there’ll come a time when I’ll have to write something. Something critical! Something big! I was just waiting for myself to be ready for it. The ideas in the train came to me when I was looking at the stars in a very casual way. And really, little did I know how I can manipulate vast theories on the stars in a fictional and fantasy way. That was it! An overview of the plot was created. The rest just figured out eventually when I acted on it.

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

Well, my thoughts prevail at night, just because the night has a sense of peace in it. I can go on from midnight to the morning, sometimes nonstop if the plot that I’ve been writing has a flow in it. I’ve my work table where I usually write, then again sometimes my bed has some involvement too.

Adding to it, I try to write whenever I travel, even on flights as well. It has limitations though, but the change in place can explode your thoughts only for a short term, according to me!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

If I talk about the poems and short stories that I wrote in past, it came from my mere observance of the tiny details where I just cultivate it according to my interest and needs to write on it.

I’ve always appreciated the ideas and stories of all the writers, be it authors or editors, or scriptwriters. I’ve read various novels across multiple genres and watched content in terms of TV shows and movies to evaluate my brain and capture the mesmerizing stories. My book might have some instances where one might relate it to some shows or movies, and it was all necessary when I was writing my book. Nevertheless, the essence of it is all based on my observance. The observance of nature, the world, and the universe!  

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?

This is really a very brilliant question! You see, I created the overall plot in my mind way before I began writing. But the plot was just an overview of the story, where it just simplifies how the beginning and the end of the story along with only a few major instances of it. But, once I began writing it, I started exploring the detailed instances, which I might not have planned in my head. I just go with the flow, where I put the details and make justifications for it.

There also have been cases where I’ve planned something else for some characters or any instance in the story and changed it at the last moment or at the time when I was writing it in detail. This usually happens because, at that very moment, I tend to write whatever is the best for that character or the plot.

And lastly, there have also been some occurrences where I add some additional details or instances, which strike to me at the time when I was in the flow with the story. Well, this unplanned event happens because I’ve to give justice to the planned section of the story, and these additional details would just act as the catalyst to it. 

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

Grandest Revelation: The Exordium revolves around the science fiction genre inclusive of fantasy. But the best part is that I never thought I would be writing in this genre. I read and like fantasy, mystery, crime, and thriller books, and I always envisioned writing on these said genres. But the thing about Grandest Revelation was such that the outline of the story automatically succumbed to science fiction.

Then again, this book will have some instances of other genres as well such as suspense, thriller, and a little bit of mystery and romance.

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

This is difficult. Hah! Okay! Well, my book has several characters so putting them all in to cast would be a bulky task. Let’s narrow down some main characters though. I guess Morgan Freeman could be an appropriate cast for Arthur Kane Davis. For Grisha Hathaway, it’s a tough call, but I think it can be narrowed down to Sarah Grey or Anya Taylor-Joy. Having said that, the character Grisha is quite complicated and has some origin of British in her, so a new cast might appreciate this role in a captivating way. Ayden Mekus might capture the essence of Shawn Hammer, then again a new cast could also make his way to it. Ravin Bhan has Indian origin, so Siddhant Chaturvedi or Gagan Arora might be a decent cast for it, given that their age resembles as well with the character. It would be great if Daniel Radcliffe can portray Mark Jones, then again, Thomas Brodie-Sangster would also be a good choice. I’m way confused about the character Ethan Brown, so let’s bring a new cast for him.

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

As back as I could go, I guess my interest in reading evolved from Enid Blyton’s books, mainly The Famous Five series, at the time of school. Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew attracted my interest as well. Down the line and I read the Harry Potter series, and it’s no mystery that Joanne Rowling became my favourite author of all time. I also have an affinity towards Dan Brown’s books, and I’ve read all of them. Recently, Stieg Larsson’s books made their existence into my shelves and I really appreciate the mystery-thriller genre in his books. On a similar level, some of Sidney Sheldon’s works raised my interest in crime thriller genres.

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

It’s a shame that I’ve never gone through any of Agatha Christie’s books, which I always wanted to. Given my workload, I seldom get time to pursue my “reading novel” hobby. And so, presently I’ve picked up “And then there were none” to satisfy it. I’ve also lined up a couple of more books because murder mystery is one of my favourite genres and I admire this genre a lot. Well, let’s see where it would take me after this.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Well, for this question I would definitely go with the Harry Potter series. I’m keeping it basic! The reason being is that the level of imagination that the author has done in those books is something, which is beyond breath-taking. And why not, I mean the story indeed showed its presence to an overwhelming audience because of its mesmerizing content.

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

I would just say them to write based on their experience and imagination—the content will automatically become stunning. Keep your ideas noted down at the precise moment when it comes to your mind. Sometimes, the thoughts are so grand that they would always be with you, but for other times, you need to jot it down, be it in your notepads, or your mobile phones. Always save your ideas in your email or google drives so that you may never lose them.

Finally…be observant! That’s the core way to become a writer in whatever genre you’re progressing. Read and watch as much content as you can—that’ll only make your mind evolve progressively.

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

First, you can find me on my website: www.authoranubhavanand.com

I also update the blog on my website, mostly on monthly basis. Now, some of the social media sites, where I’m active are:-

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About the Author:

Coming from a town in Madhya Pradesh, India, where Anubhav Anand grew up and spent his childhood, had seen, observed, and experienced a lot to jot down some instances of drama, which might be relatable with many. Working in the corporate world now, he has consummated his post-graduation in marketing recently.

He has always believed that masterpieces are conjured by the combination of imagination and one’s own experience. This belief of his has allowed him to write several poems, mostly based on the philosophy of life and attitude. He also has a keen interest in reading novels and watching creative content that has opened his mind to new ideas in the aspect of creativity and art. Grandest Revelation: The Exordium is his first attempt to start on his writership as a novelist.

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