Jay Prasad is a New York City-based playwright whose last play, Einstein, was staged at the Theater at St. Clement's in 2014. His next novel, The Nazi Blueprint, depicts the ethnic reengineering of Europe envisaged by the Nazi elite.He lives in New York City, loves chess, bridge, and sudoku, and is an avid Yankees and Giants fan.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's more freedom in being an indie author - no arbitrary restrictions on the length of the book, no fixed ceilings in regard to price, or channels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Atlantic Ocean used to be called the Ocean Sea during the Middle Ages. Sailors were afraid of crossing it and no one believed that Columbus would return when he undertook that journey. My book consists of three linked narratives by three members of the D’Avila family of converted Jews who travel with Columbus in his four voyages. They describe the internal tumult in Spain caused by the Inquisition and the havoc raised by Columbus’s brutality towards the natives and his obsession with acquiring gold in the new lands they discovered. There's a fourth narrative, done five hundred years later, by Paul Henry - a good Catholic and a Judo expert - who accidentally discovers the manuscript written by the D'avilas. Columbus is now on top of the list of the most famous Catholics of all time, and there's a a strong movement by right wing Catholic groups to canonize him. Paul Henry runs into trouble with them, and escapes death in a dramatic scene at the Vatican by virtue of his judo expertise.
Why did the Holocaust happen in her country? That is the question haunting Hannah Müller, a German artist persecuted by the Nazis for her avantgarde painting style. After a journey through several countries in Europe and a love affair with a Jewish refugee, she finally finds the answer to her quest in the unpublished diaries of her Nazi uncle.