Interview with Alex Markman

What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, a writer's carrier is meaningless. Without recognition and appreciation, a writer is just a graphomaniac. I welcome bad and good comments from my readers: bad reviews help me improve my writings, and good ones let me know what is my target audience.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a thriller, based on factual material. Brenda, an eighteen years old girl was raped and photographed by her class mates. They uploaded these obscene pictures on social media. But Brenda was not a usual weak female victim. With exceptionally strong will and determination, she took the justice in her own hands. A few years later, what she did stunned all who was involved in her ordeal, including her investigator, the justice system, those who committed the crime, and their relatives and friends. The story revolves around importance of true justice, value of revenge, and compassion to victims of crimes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Writers of the past: Somerset Maugham, Eric Maria Remarque, Leo Tolstoy, O. Henry, Oscar Wilde, Hemingway. New authors: John Grisham, Nelson DeMille, Frederick Forsyth
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A new day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
With abundance of excellent marketing material produced for mediocre books, it is a very difficult process. Usually I read 'Look Inside' in Amazon, or excerpts in Smashwords. First few pages give me an idea of the book's quality.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just word of mouth. Nothing else worked for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the Soviet Union, and grew there during the Cold War era. Being published there was mission impossible for me: I couldn’t follow communists guidelines for literature. I was active in the dissident movement, and paid the price for it: 3 years in prison camp in Siberia, where temperature sometimes dropped to -56 Celsius. Luckily, after getting out of it, I got permission to emigrate. I lived 5 years in Israel, and later immigrated to Canada, where I live now. My first book was about my time in Siberia. It is much different from most works of this genre. It is not about me; it is rather about people and environment I lived in. This is my only non-fiction book. Since then I have published four novels and a dozen of short stories, all of them now available at Smashwords. My latest thriller is Contra-ODESSA, based on a true story.
Some of my fiction books were inspired by actual events in my life. There are heroes, or at least remarkable characters, around anyone of us. We often do not see anything interesting in them, because they are too close to us. Only in fiction, where you can put them in unusual circumstances, you can reveal the beauty and ugliness of their souls and minds.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Inspired by a true story, Contra-OSESSA is about the workings of superpowers secret services in Latin America in the 1960s. A team of KGB operatives in Argentina was hunting former Nazis who kept their money in Swiss banks. Under torture, the agents extorted from them their secret accounts numbers, money from which went to support the Communist movements in Latin America. The American spy network, eager to find the source of Communists funding, eventually traced the Soviets.
The validity and morality of their activity and political causes come into question. Contra-ODESSA conveys the dramatic and inevitably tragic lives of people drawn into the superpowers geopolitical struggle for global dominance. The novel’s plot is intense, but also aptly descriptive and thought-provoking as it invites you to examine the complexities of right and left political thought, the inner workings of the criminal mind, and the mysterious ways of love.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me an opportunity to promote my books to a world wide audience. Thanks to the Premium catalogue, my books are on display of large international book retailers.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Payback for Revenge
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,800. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011 by Asteroid Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Payback for Revenge is a literary suspense saga of a passionate love affair, the murder of a young girl, and the horror of an international prostitution–slave ring. When a journalist, Chantal, leaves her opulent environment in New York to help Jovan, a Yugoslavian surgeon, hunt down the murderers of his daughter, the couple enters a dark and dangerous world of war, crime, and victimization.