1. Lucifer’s Son, (The Temptation Chronicles, Book 1) was conceived when I was incarcerated in a Russian prison. Having seen firsthand the depths to which people would go to achieve instant gratification led me to the concept of how we are tempted to do bad things to achieve what we want. My approach is quite different in that I don’t pull punches nor omit evil deeds to be politically correct.
2. Avid reader of Steven King, Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker, I had long wanted to try my hand at writing, and while a prisoner of the Russian government, I had the time.
3. Much of my adult life was spent studying other people, including the authorities who wrongfully destroyed my multi-level marketing company because they were afraid of what I was accompishing.
4. My resources are the people themselves. In fact, much of my writing could be non-fiction except the truth is stranger. I didn’t spice it up, in fact I toned it down.
5. I guess you could say that the authorities were helpful in as much as they demonstrated the worst in humans, yet they did give me time to develop my writing skills while in captivity.
6. I was rejected more than one hundred times before I reached W & B Publishers, who decided to take a chance. I had written the book in Russian and it was quite popular in my country, but a little strong for other publishers.
7. In Russia, I paid the publisher to issue the book. I did an eBook self-publish on a different work before Lucifer’s Son was accepted by an American publisher.
8. With so many self-publishing books on the market place, it is virtually impossible to be a successful author unless you have a publisher. And a publicist. Getting a book published is one thing. Making a success is something quite different. A final thought. Most publishers do not accept self-publishing authors, so it is best to work through an agent.
9. Book sales could provide sufficient income, however, I am fortunate in that I don’t need to depend on that source of income.
10. As a resident and citizen of Russia, I don’t do book tours in the American manner. Rather, I send copies out to various bookstores along with marketing materials through my Publisher, William Connor, who also serves as my agent. And I do autographed copies in mail order. About the funniest thing that occurred was the first result of the translation from Russian into English. It was a blast.