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?
That 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…
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.
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:
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
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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