Interview with Aammton Alias

What are you working on next?
My lastest book that I am trying to complete is titled 'The Last Bastion of Ingei'. My one-line summary is about a group of conservation activists who are exploring the 'Ingei' tropical jungle sanctuary and face an ancient enemy, where their salvation lies in the other 'world'. This story is based on a number of true stories in Borneo, and urban myths. One such story is about a soldier who was lost in the jungle of 'Labi' for over 23 days. The search party never found him, but he was found under a house in the next district - which is apparently impossible to reach even within 23 days. Malnourished and displaced, he claims he was trapped in a 'Bunian' village - a village that is not of this world.

There are a number of similar stories from soldiers and civilians of different nationalities, which makes this story very interesting. We talk about it, but very few have documented anything about it.
What is your writing process?
Believe me, I've tried writing during the day time. It's really hard, the world just seems so noisy. I am a night writer - to be precise a midnight writer. Reminder, do not feed this GREMLIN after midnight. Usually, throughout the day, I get ideas on what to write for the night especially when I drive long distances. Plots come out and I do get angry and shout to myself or even cry whilst driving. I know, i know this could easily turn into road rage. Once I get home, I usually reflect upon the day's happenings. I love to recall my patients and their stories. I would jot down their names during clinic - which would trigger my thoughts about them later at night.

I reckon the secret to smooth writing involves the right amount (and type) of caffeine and the right kind of playlist (music) - which is usually anything from dance, electronic or jazz fusion.

In the morning, I would read what I've written, which I hope doesn't involve a massive rewrite.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Actually, I prefer to stay in bed - thank you - the reason is simply I am a true night owl, my most active and creative time is between the hours of midnight till 4am. So as you can imagine, I would hate to get out of bed - though the thought of getting a coffee eye-opener does prompt me to wake up.

: I love the smell of napalm..er..coffee in the morning.
Describe your desk
It's a mess, an unbelievable mess - stacks of bills, to-do list, post-it notes, coffee mugs, flashlights, eBook readers, iPad, and various electronic gadgets that I'm supposed to have sold on eBay. The master of procrastination, I am.

Can you believe that I actually go through regular desk purges? I would just push everything into a box and tell myself I would sort it out next time. There are a few 'purge-boxes' under my desk, waiting for sorting and of course, my desk quickly becomes disorganized with stacks of items, which I have no idea how it got there. I so envy Haruki Murakami and his neat writing room.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The sad thing is that I still rely on marketing emails from eBook retailers. I do however, run a few Facebook eBook groups but it seems to be bombarded with so many eBooks. Otherwise, it's really hard to figure out which ones to read. When I see an eBook cover, I use my gut instinct to decide on whether I should read the book or not. I rarely read the blurb.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
You mean other than working at the clinic. Well, I love beach walks especially just before sunset. I would walk with my wife and my children and watch the sunset. I feel like I own the world as I wade in the Sea of Tranquility.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have a mission, I have a story to write. I have hidden messages within my writing. In a world that has gone mad, I stay sane by knowing that I can make a difference through writing. Especially to those who can read between the lines.

You know what's funny?
The world isn't real.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Although, I have had one traditional published book, I am most happy about being an indie author, simply because I have control over what I write. I won't have any deadlines, or some editor(s) removing paragraphs or changing my text. I can be my own Picasso and the world can decide if they want what I have to offer or not. I get to be the most authentic author.
When did you first start writing?
I used to write bits and pieces here and there. I think the first time, I realized I could write creatively was when I was 14 years old. Initially, I wrote some dystopian short stories, influenced by the Kuwait invasion and the Balkan Wars. I also frequently wrote romantic short stories, proses and poems, which helped me when writing to my female friends. You know where this is going, right?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Who wouldn't? The first story is like the first baby. Sometimes, it embarrasses me to realize how different my writing style had been, but it's also a good reminder of how much I've progressed. More importantly, how much more I have to better myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
A writer's success is always defined by the hearts of readers that has been moved by the writer's books. Otherwise, there is no other reason to write and publish.

Are my intentions deep enough to shake your world?
Published 2016-05-22.
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Books by This Author

Real Ghost Stories of Borneo
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 29,280. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Real Ghost Stories of Borneo is a collection of over 30 short ghost stories, written by a family physician working in Borneo. These supernatural tales are genuine accounts with a unique insight into the local population and what ails them. Be warned, very few of these stories have a ‘happily ever after’ ending. A number of these stories may appear to have been left open ended with no explanation
King of Avalon Fast-Track Guide: KoA Dragon Warfare Guidebook For Those Who Need To Know
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: American English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Games, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
This ebook has been specifically written for members of a specific alliance in the mobile warfare game titled King of Avalon: Dragon Warfare. It aims to help members adapt quickly to team tactics and play. The issues with normal team play in an alliance is that everyone seems to be in their own silos and playing on their own. This leads to costly mistakes. Learn, Adapt & Survive! Version 1.03
The Last Bastion of Ingei: Day 5
Series: The Last Bastion of Ingei. Price: Free! Words: 14,020. Language: American English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Day 5: Captain Sarin leads his elite team into the 'Ingei' jungle for a special mission. Nothing is what it seems, as meeting Colonel Falkon reveals this is not a simple 'search and rescue' mission for the daughter of a business tycoon. His past encounter with the tall faceless demon that killed his previous unit compares nothing to the enemies that want to kill him and all of humanity.
The Last Bastion of Ingei: Day 4
Series: The Last Bastion of Ingei. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Set in a country in Southeast Asia, three conservation activists - who are unlikely friends - continue in their struggle to save endangered wildlife from being sold and exploited, including rescuing the enigmatic 'Pangolin'.They are unaware that they are being watched and face a great danger, an ancient enemy, once familiar to man, but now forgotten.
The Last Bastion of Ingei: Day 3
Series: The Last Bastion of Ingei. Price: Free! Words: 24,620. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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Set in a country in Southeast Asia, three conservation activists - who are unlikely friends - continue in their struggle to save endangered wildlife from being sold and exploited, including rescuing the enigmatic 'Pangolin'.They are unaware that they are being watched and face a great danger, an ancient enemy, once familiar to man, but now forgotten.
The Last Bastion of Ingei: Day 2
Series: The Last Bastion of Ingei. Price: Free! Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00)
Set in a country in Southeast Asia, three conservation activists - who are unlikely friends - continue in their struggle to save endangered wildlife from being sold and exploited, including rescuing the enigmatic 'Pangolin'.They are unaware that they are being watched and face a great danger, an ancient enemy, once familiar to man, but now forgotten.
The Last Bastion of Ingei: Day 1
Series: The Last Bastion of Ingei. Price: Free! Words: 20,920. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
Set in a country in Southeast Asia, three conservation activists - who are unlikely friends - continue in their struggle to save endangered wildlife from being sold and exploited, including rescuing the enigmatic 'Pangolin'.They are unaware that they are being watched and face a great danger, an ancient enemy, once familiar to man, but now forgotten.
The Vessel of Our Writing Dreams: Where Do Our Ideas Come From
Series: Be The One Percent. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
We are the vessels of our dreams, our ideas and yet where do our ideas come from? Do we even own these 'ideas' that we claim to originate from us? How do we ensure that we continue to both learn and project new ideas? What if I told you that 'our ideas' don't belong to us? How would you harness for ideas to continually stream into you. A book recommended for writers and authors.
Let Me Go! How To Get Off Unwanted Annoying WhatsApp Chat Groups For Good
Series: What The Frak. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,720. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Social networking, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Anger management
Leaving a social chat group e.g. WhatsApp can be challenging. What if they won't let you leave? You leave the group and then they keep inviting you back. What type of difficult personalities are on chat groups? Here are 1001 - funny, witty, intoxicating and annoying - ways to leave your social media chat groups!! Have you heard of Nuke Options? How to Troll & Spam like a Pro?!
The King And The Minister
Series: Be The One Percent. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 140. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
A beautiful children's book about a story of a wise minister who has some important advice for the King. Will the King listen? Will the advice prevail? Suitable for preschool children to read on their own and/or for bedtime reading. Illustrations are made from original water-color paintings. Kids age 6-8 will also love this book.
Be The One Percent: Unlock Secrets to True Success, Real Wealth & Ultimate Happiness
Series: Be The One Percent. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,950. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Bob is ONE of the 1 Percent, the ones who have found unlimited wealth, true success & ultimate happiness. I have known Bob since I was a child. The 1 Percent are far richer & powerful beyond measure. They live amongst us unnoticed, with the Secrets of Life known to them. Living with True Success in all forms, Real Wealth that neither taxes nor burdens & have achieved the Ultimate Happiness
How To Open a US Amazon.com Account
Series: Be The One Percent. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / general, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Electronic commerce
How do you open a US Amazon.com account, when you don't live in the USA? What is so special about a US Amazon.com account instead of an international Amazon.com account? Find out why and how. Also in the book, you can find out : How to easily setup a Virtual Private Network of VPN?