Interview with Baktash Khamsehpour (Bahram Iranmand)

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It goes back to my school days in Iran. I was immensely influenced by the epic stories of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.
How do you approach cover design?
That's the great part. I prefer to do it myself and enjoy doing it a lot. Cover design is always the last stage in completing my book. I find it extremely creative.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I would say "Avesta", "Shahnameh" of Ferdowsi, "Garshaspnameh" of Asadi Tusi, "‌Bahmannameh" of Iranshah, "Darabnameh" of Bighami, "Shahnameh" of Nubakht ....... how many is that? Seems I passed five. I love all books. It's just there is not enough time to read them all. So you have to settle for the best.
Why the named books are my favorites? because "Avesta" is probably one the oldest books in the world if not the oldest. It's a book by "Zarathustra" or "Zoroaster". The rest are all Persian epics.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything ranging from science to history and from mythology to philosophy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop and of course mobile phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm very new in this. I have to say what's more important for me is getting my works published. Of course it would be quite exciting to make sales. My latest work "Year 8800 AZ" coming out in mid-October, I've decided to donate 88% of it's sales to the United Nation's Children Fund, UNICEF.
Describe your desk
Should be clean and neat otherwise it would be hard for me to work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Iran. Oh tremendously. Reading "Sadegh Hedayat" was enough for me. I found his works greatly inspirational. Whenever I read "Hedayat" I had this tremendous urge of picking up a pen and paper to write.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned writing. Grade 1 when I started elementary school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Year 8800 AZ" comprises of three futuristic short stories. All three were written back in the late 90's however they'll be released soon in book format. I would just say if you like to take a trip to the 90th millennium you can book your ticket now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been an independent writer. Independence of course means freedom. Writers all want to be free and independent. That way they can express and create whatever they wish. A writer has to feel happy and satisfied by his or her works and for that independence and freedom is a necessity.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Widely. It has offered a vast platform to reach out to the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To express the new and necessary truths, to make our world a better place, to create something better and maybe the immortality feeling that comes with it.
Published 2013-09-08.
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Books by This Author

I and I
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Pre-release—available January 1, 2015. Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 26,290. Language: English. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
Finally published after 25 years. "I & I" is a long 2 year interview of a thinker with himself covering different fields and issues concerning humanity and planet Earth.
رازگان
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Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 22,510. Language: Persian. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
.مقالات این کتاب نخستین بار در هفته نامه «فوق العاده» در سال ۶۸ – ۱۳۶۷ منتشر شدند .این سلسله مقالات که با عنوان «رازگان» هر هفته در مجله فوق العاده بیرون می آمد گفتمانهای گوناگونی درباره فرهنگ ایران را دربرمیگرفت و اکنون پس از ۲۵ سال در قالب کتابی تجدید چاپ می شود
آرمان ایران و ایران آرمان
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Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: Persian. Published: January 30, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Research
آرمان ایران و ایران آرمان، یک پژوهشنامه و آموزشنامه است که «بهرام ایرانمند» در سال ۲۵۵۴ نگاشته است. این کار در همان سالها پراکنده گشته بود و اکنون بگونه گسترده در جهان پراکنده میگردد. بگواه این پژوهشنامه، هسته فرهنگ ایران هستی همیشگی دارد. در این آموزشنامه زمینه ها و بنیادهای فرهنگ ایران شناسایی و ایران آرمانی نمایان میگردد
Librorin
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
LIBRORIN is a mixtory created by Baktash Khamsehpour back in 1989 in the US. Mixtory is a concept and term founded and coined by Baktash in which a writer creates a multistory. In this concept each page of a book acts as a card and the deck of cards forms the book itself therefore by shuffling the cards or the pages in any order a new story or another version of the story could be formed.
یادداشتها
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Price: $12.00 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: Persian. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Essay » Literature
این کتاب حاوی یادداشتهای «بکتاش» است در سال ۱۳۶۸ در آمریکا. این اثر ۲۸ قطعه یادداشت است که از اردیبهشت سال ۱۳۶۸ تا بهمن همانسال نوشته شده اند. طی این مدت بکتاش خمسه پور خاطرات و حسّیات خود را در قالب شعر و نوشته به رشته تحریر درآورده است
Year 8800 AZ
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Year 8800 AZ" takes you to worlds & dimensions that are eternal. "Baktash Khamsehpour" who also writes under the pen name "Bahram Iranmand" has vowed to donate 88% of the revenue of "Year 8800 AZ" to The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). "Year 8800 AZ" consists of three futuristic short stories quite different from stories you have read so far. The stories could both amaze and amuse you.
چارجستار
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Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: Persian. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
چارجستار دربرګیرنده پژوهشهایی پیرامون گفتمانهای فرهنگ ایران و جهان است. در بخش نخست تاریخ به بازنگری گذارده میگردد. بخش دوم پهنه فرمانروایی ایران را ارزیابی مینماید. در بخش سوم آبراه و دریای پارس شناسایی میشود و سرانجام در بخش چهارم به هفت سین نگاهی افکنده میشود. چارجستار کاری است نو و یگانه از هر دیدگاه
Chess in Shahnameh
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Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » History of things
"Chess in Shahnameh" is an eloquent translation of a small part of the long tale of Chess in the major epic of Iran, The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. In this work "Baktash Khamsehpour" has both translated & composed the story of Chess being sent to Iran from India from Persian into English. Baktash Khamsehpour has done a remarkable work in preserving both the meaning and style of Ferdowsi's masterpiece.
ایران آزاد
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Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 19,350. Language: Persian. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
بکتاش خمسه پور در این کتاب که از طرح تا تکمیل حدود پنج سال بطول انجامید کوشیده است یک ایران آزاد را به زبانی ساده ترسیم کند. در کتاب «ایران آزاد» ویژگیهای یک کشور آزاد بازگو میگردد. نویسنده در این کتاب تشریح میکند که دستیابی به ایران آزاد و مهندسی یک کشور آزاد، آباد و آبرومند دور از دسترس نیست. «ایران آزاد» مسائل بازدارنده آزادی ایران را روشن مینماید و خواننده را به آزادی ایران امیدوار میسازد
Epic of Future
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Price: $12.00 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Futuristic and fantasy epic poetry in five chapters: 1. Ater & Anaheat, 2. Arman & Amanda, 3. Bahram & Aryana, 4. The Jokan War, 5. Battle of Time. This work was composed in 1987 in Los Angeles by Baktash Khamsehpour based on ancient Persian epic poetry style. "Epic of Future" could be considered as a unique style of epic poetry in the English language literature. It consists of about 400 lines.