Interview with Sasan Shabrou

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of comic books actually. I'm a huge Batman fan and I try to read all the major graphic novels in the DCU. I've always read fantasy since reading The Hobbit in the fourth grade. I've always enjoyed reading fantasy to take my mind off things and enjoyment. Each time my daughters were born I've read fantasy books from my iPhone while waiting for them to be born.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really love reading books on iBooks because I can switch back and forth from my iPhone and iPad with ease. I like how I can easily read without disturbing anyone else in the room. Recently I've discovered all the graphic novels on iBooks store and I've really enjoyed the wonderful detail on the iPad versions that just aren't as noticeable in print. It was really important to me to make sure that Dawn of Destruction was available on iBooks.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I got papers and receipts everywhere. Three screens across my desk. A Mac mini, a Macbook, and a printer. It is a nice corner desk. I like it. It is my slice of heaven and peace.
When did you first start writing?
In grade school. I had a great support system. I had a very encouraging reading counselor from an after reading program, a wonderful third grade teacher who let me read the stories I wrote to my fellow classmates, and my mother was also encouraging. I had a 5 subject notebook that I would write all my stories in it. For awhile I had a story series about a ghost with an axe.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was an idea I got when news of Emersyn my first daughter was announced. At the time my father in law had just introduced me to Game of Thrones and I started to read the books in between TV episodes. I remember thinking what other stories were going on in the world of Westeros that we just don't know is happening. The issue I had with Dawn of Destruction is that the world of Hyaterra is much larger than I was used to working with. I've used a lot of world history in creating the different kingdoms of Hyaterra. Unfortunately not all of them are mentioned in the first book. I plan on introducing a few more in the second book. As time goes on I'll be able to focus my attention on different kingdoms as they rise and fall in power.
What are you working on next?
This November I plan on participating in the National Month of Writing and focus on writing the second book in the Hyaterra books. There is no title yet but it will carry on right where Dawn of Destruction leaves off. I'm really excited about this one. It starts in the midst of all these battles opening up all over Hyaterra and things get heated. I'm also going to slowly introduce other kingdoms into the storyline. We will also get to see how the people of Deruwa are on the homefront. I guess we will have to wait and see if I am able to write the 50,000 words required for National Month of Writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee... and then my kids waking up screaming for food....
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching TV. I'm a huge comic book fan so the awesome DC shows on the CW take up 4 hours a week. I also keep up to date with Supernatural and I of course watch Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom and Man in High Castle.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
iBooks. I totally just go off what iBooks recommends based my previous purchases.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy taking part of another world and meeting new characters. It is very much like reading a book the only difference is this is the first time anyone has ever met these characters or been to these locations. Sometimes I get really excited about the plot lines I create for the book.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans would be fellow geeks and fans of high fantasy. Spending a hard earned dollar to purchase my first book and taking a chance with me means a lot. I really hope they will continue on with the rest of the books as they come out.
Published 2016-10-22.
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Books by This Author

Battle of Damned Souls
Series: Tales from Hyaterra, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,030. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This is the second book of tales from the world of Hyaterra. The eternal war between Sumrila and Vussaui rage on, the King Zephkletos leads his men to war against his barbaric neighbors based on freewill, and the sea dogs of Deruwa will encounter sea battle from the powerful kingdom of Gycrun as their leader Grandki sails back from the Council of Kings. This is the world of Hyaterra.
Dawn of Destruction
Series: Tales from Hyaterra, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This is the first book of tales from the world of Hyaterra. Meet Grandki, a towns leader in Deruwa, as he tries to take the noble course and making sure his children have a better future. Will Deruwa be successful in their goal of freedom or will the rebels be defeated by the might of Gycrun? Will surrounding kingdoms watch the battle unfold or will they pick a side and fight?