Nicholas Rossis

Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Nicholas Rossis

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today’s featured author is Nicholas Rossis who, in addition to being a fantasy author, is also a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards for his children’s fiction, Runaway Smile (book link posted below). Congratulations and welcome to Nicholas!!

Q. What’s the plot of your latest fantasy novel?

 

cover_bundle_700That would be Pearseus: Vigil, the third book of my epic fantasy series, Pearseus (fourth if you count Schism; the prequel to the series). It continues the story from where Mad Water left. Compared to the other books in the series, this is an all-out action adventure story. The political games have all been played and in this volume the characters are forced to fight for what they believe in or lose it all. Many of the story lines are wrapped up, with the action carrying on right to the end.

Q. When did you start writing with the goal of being an author?

 

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class.

In 2009, I felt ready for a career change and decided to try again my hand at writing. A Greek newspaper had a segment called 9, that included a short science fiction story each week. I submitted my story, not expecting much.

They published it, and sent me a cheque for 150 euros. I was ecstatic. Sadly, by the time I had written and submitted another couple of stories, the newspaper had ran into financial trouble and discontinued that segment. So, I sent one of the stories to a short-story competition, and, to my great surprise, won. The story was published in an anthology called Invasion.

I then started working on my novel, Pearseus, which turned into a series. I first published that on Amazon in late 2013, certain that I was missing something: surely it couldn’t be that easy. Sooner or later, someone would call my bluff. Amazon or someone would take a look and go, “hey, you’re not an author. What are you playing at?”

Instead, people bought Pearseus and reviewed it. They said nice things about it and actually paid to read my work. It repeatedly became an Amazon best-seller.

Wow. People liked my work. This really was an eye opener, and I have continued to write and publish ever since. I’ve learned a lot, developed my voice and made scores of wonderful new friends. I now wonder, why did it take me so long to take the plunge?

Q. What interested you in writing fantasy?

 

I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy, so it was a no brainer! Write what you know and all that 🙂

Seriously, though, I love fantasy because it frees up my imagination for all sorts of wonderful ideas. At the same time, to me, great fantasy comes from strict adherence to the rules of the world. This tension between limitless imagination and grounding in reality is what makes fantasy such a fascinating genre.

Q. What are your fantasy genre inspirations?

 

Thanks largely to Martin, fantasy is experiencing a well-deserved boom as a genre. From urban fantasy to high fantasy to science fiction/fantasy amalgams like David Wind’s Nevaeh world or even my own Pearseus one, there are fantastical influences almost everywhere. This is particularly true of Indie authors, and I have read many excellent works lately – for example Boyack’s Cock of the South, Phipps’ Elf Killers and Heart of the Staff series, Treharnes’ vampiric Relative Strangers,  Bolton’s great mashup of sci-fi/fantasy and of course your very own Black Bag. They have all planted seeds into my mind, which are much appreciated!

Q. What challenges you as an author?

 

Time constraints. There is just never enough time to do everything I want, especially since I also have to juggle a day job on top of everything. I try to remind myself that it’s a marathon, not a sprint, but I’m impatient by nature, so I get frustrated when I have the words in my head but lack the time to write them down.

Q. Where and when do you like to write?

 

I try to write at least a couple of hours each day. The best time for that is in the early morning, before the phone starts ringing. I work from home, so I use the same computer for both my day job and my writing. Here, let me show you…

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Q. Do you have any fantasy titles upcoming?

 

I’m currently writing the final book in the Pearseus series, tentatively called Endgame. I wanted to publish it in June at first, but now will be happy if it gets published by the end of the year.

Contact Information

book photo NR_500I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/ .

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and

Runaway Smile on my blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/

Other places to connect with me include

Brief bio

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

He has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories that include his award-winning short story, I Come in Peace. This, too, has reached #1 on Amazon.

Nicholas lives in Athens, Greece, at a forest’s edge, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard. Mercifully, all his books are professionally edited.

Thanks to Nicholas for making an appearance in Fantasy Authors Unplugged today. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

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Blog Tour: Runaway Smile

Things happen for a reason

smicov1I’ve come to realize lately that things happen in their own time. No matter how much I want something, if it’s meant to happen, it will, no effort needed on my part.  Other times, I might want something very much, but no matter how much effort I put into it, it just doesn’t happen – and trust me; this has happened a lot.  Then again, something that I completely ignore might just flourish in front of my eyes, unexpectedly and effortlessly.

Following that, I think about how things have “happened” in my life, leading me to where I am right now.  I studied civil engineering (my dad’s idea of a secure job) and in 1995 I went on to do a PhD in Digital Architecture (the only way for me to link my degree with two of my passions, design and computers).  Hardly a month into the course, a professor asked me out of the blue to make a website for the department, from scratch. He gave me three days to do it; days I spent reading a lot, experimented quite a bit and pulling hair, until I did it, and my first website went live at the end of the 3-day period.

I’ve been working as a web developer for almost 20 years now. I still do, partly because I have to earn a living and partly because I’ve worked so hard to create Istomedia, my company, that I feel like it’s kind of a family member.  Then, a couple of years ago, I realized that I had started losing patience: with clients, projects, designs, programming, the constant need for updating and upgrading and the 6-month life cycle of everything technological.  I turned to writing as a relief, and realized, startled, that it was all I wanted to do.

Every now and again, I wonder whether my studies and everything I have worked for is going to waste.  But I think not: my degree has helped me to study and organize my thoughts.  My PhD taught how to properly research topics, question everything, look for new and different ways to achieve a result.  My work has taught me how to market my book, design its cover, create the ebook file.  Indie publishing requires the same skills: presenting myself and my work to potential clients, networking, promoting my creations, finishing a project within a deadline and a budget etc.

So, at 44, life has brought me where I am. All the things I’ve done, have arguably happened because I need them today.  Which is why I try to practice nowadays what Tao Te Ching calls Wei Wu Wei – actionless action: the art of setting your destination and letting life take you there.  It’s a nice concept, isn’t it?

And if you’re curious as to where life has brought me so far, read my children’s book Runaway Smile, online for free and find out!

Book Blurb

Cover_Runaway_Smile_700I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and… From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

Contact Information

I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/.

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and

Runaway Smile on my blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/

Other places to connect with me include

Brief Bio

book photo NR_1000Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

He has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories that include his award-winning short story, I Come in Peace. This, too, has reached #1 on Amazon.

Nicholas lives in Athens, Greece, at a forest’s edge, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard. Mercifully, all of his books are professionally edited.

Blog Tour Links

Goodreads Event Page – https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/952438-runaway-smile-blog-tour

Rafflecopter Giveaway Page – https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f9/

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This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

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