Interview with Altan Khanzadeh

When did you first start writing?
When I was about 9 or 10.
Yeah, I've gotten a lot of practice.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Basically, it's the story of the Third World War set in the near future.
But little does anyone suspect (until it's too late that is) that there's a sinister conspiracy behind the conflict.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There was too much BS to deal with from traditional publishing houses.
If one wants to pick up my work, great. But for now, I'll just stick with Smashwords (love you guys, seriously).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just to tell stories.
I'm a really creative person: There are all kinds of stories running around in my head.
How do you approach cover design?
That's what my secretary is for.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking, reading, bothering my best friend, skirt-chasing, and so on.
What is your writing process?
First of all, I write an outline of the story. They get pretty long, so it's not often that I'll make a complete one.

After that, I'll just brainstorm a bit, then write.
What are the main themes of your work?
Well, the main thing I like to write about is just humanity in general. The good, the bad, and the ugly of human nature, I take all of it into account in order to craft stories. While some characters will get minor, even some one-shot roles, one thing I absolutely despise are cardboard characters lacking any sort of human qualities.
What do you read for pleasure?
Technothrillers mainly. War, politics, and all the stupidity, treachery, and (oddly enough) humanity are just like a car fire to me: I just have to take a look.
Published 2016-01-16.
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Books by This Author

Ghosts of a Forgotten Battle
Price: Free! Words: 126,180. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
After a massacre at a school and series of political tricks set in motion by the mysterious President Mathir Li, a young man named Seth Casey suddenly finds himself at the center of a vortex of deceit, murder, lust, and unsatisfied grudges. Now demonized by the media and hunted by a shadowy cadre of secret police in all but name, Seth must escape his own country and learn the truth.