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Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written
For a long time I've been in touch with several forms of creative work; firstly it was music theory and multiple instruments, then it came the short stories and novels writing.
Just a couple of years after graduating from college as a Telecommunications Engineer, I realized that my true calling was to develop my creativity and also capture it in the written word.
Now I'm proud to present my first novel, which marks the beginning of a joyful path. A whole new universe will unfold around this literary work.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name is "Holy Remedy", and the inspiration came mainly from a set of songs that talked about the relationship between feudal lords and their knights in the medieval period.
This time, the main character is a knight who must save his lord from a terrible disease. A conspiracy generated by someone of trust in court, will wreack havoc in an unsuspecting city.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I'm aware of.
Music is my main resource when it comes to stimulate my creativity, along with legendary books and several fast paced shows intros like anime.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Richard Matheson, Christie Golden, Miguel de Cervantes, J. R. R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ernest Hemingway.
What are you working on now?
Two novels that belongs in the same universe of Holy Remedy, along with a couple of short stories.
The sequels follows the same main plot, but are situated in different time periods.
The first book is developed around mid 13th century, medieval Hungary. The second one unfolds in the beginning of the 17th century. And the third one will be a surprise!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media, Blogs, Ads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Are your dreams big enough? To be able to finish a literary work represents an inmense amount of effort. Nothing of value comes easy as we all know.
Are you willing to sacrifice part of your life in order to accomplish that? If your answer to both questions is yes, then you should commit to your writings.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't go crazy with people's advice, take heart and follow your vision. And keep writing no matter what.
What are you reading now?
Hell House by Richard Matheson, and the Fundation saga by Isaac Asimov.
What's next for you as a writer?
Keep working on my next novels, and also bring my stories to life on tv and cinema.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Lord of the Clans. Sphere. The Old Man and the Sea. Tommyknockers.
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