Interview with Ahsan Mulk

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The possibility of change. Everyday seems to be the same thing, the same struggles, the same laughs, the same pain etc. I wake up everyday hoping for something new, and ready to put in the work to make that something new happen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I... Write. Lol I do articles for a gaming website, battleclubgaming.com. I also game(soon ps4...soon), I try to get some workouts in, Don't want to fall dead before I reach my goals as an author. Every now and then I record music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I randomly scroll through the offerings in whatever genre I feel like reading, until someone's synopsis grabs my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was my interpretation of that old Gargoyles cartoon from the 90's. It was in my 2nd grade class during journal time. I used the idea of the Gargoyles, but used my own characters and idea.
What is your writing process?
Put it all down, and think about it later. If you get it all on paper, you have something to work with, even if half of it doesn't get used. If you spend to much time thinking and badgering yourself about good or bad ideas, the work will never get done.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. I lived in a area known as the hilltop, not the best area, but I guess it could have been worse. It was your typical ghetto neighborhood, same problems and issues you would find in any other hood. I was lucky to find friends who were more interested in being children the attempting to grow up too fast. We had a lot of good times, running around the neighborhood playing cops and robbers, and our favorite game Killarmy; named after a hip hop group we enjoyed listening to. Growing up where I was from, you saw a lot of people chasing the same type of dreams, sports, music, or other not so legal affairs. That always made me wonder why that was. Why did we as a community box ourselves in so tightly into roles? That thought helped form my writing, I want to write characters that all people, but most personally, black people can relate to, and put themselves in a frame of mind that they can be something different than the options we normally give ourselves. We can be star ship Captains, we can be magicians. That's my goal, broaden our horizon through story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have two finished books. The first is the imaginative Mind of Malcolm; it follows Malcolm and a group of children he befriends at his school. They get into these crazy situations fueled by Malcolm's Imagination, and perceptions. He looks at things in a Very adventurous and exaggerating manner, that puts them into some fun situations.

My next book to release will be exodus of Eden. This novel revolves around the crew of the spaceship Kemet, and their struggles to save the universe from God entities.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always loved writing. Whether I'm doing it for the gaming site I run, or when I'm i. The studio recording music, writing has always been me. Above all of those things, I love created worlds and characters, so there was no other place for me to end up other Than here, writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my ideas flesh out on paper. It helps keep my imagination under control, I can easily find myself getting sucked I to the worlds in my head, so getting them down, getting them out of my head is my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans yet lol. But if I did they wouldn't be fans. I don't particularly car for that term. I feel like they would all be more like friends or family. I mean these are people who are delving Into my imagination, reading the depths of my minds work, that has to mean something more than them just being fans.
What are you working on next?
My next project is called The Piper. It's a modern day, supernatural detective take on the Peid Piper of Hamelin.
Published 2013-09-22.
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