My guest this morning is Nicholas C. Rossis, an author and blogger with a wide ranging audience who appreciate his posts on writing and publishing as well as advice on marketing our books. He is the author of the epic fantasy series ‘Pearseus’ and a science fiction short story collection, the ‘Power of Six’, both of which are consistently at #1 on Amazon. He is also a prolific writer of children’s stories and ‘Runaway Smile’, his first book for younger readers and is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards and has won the Gellett Burgess Children’s Book Award.
Nicholas lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of his baby daughter and two silly cats, all of whom claim his lap as home.
What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:
“Most avid readers still have books from their childhood which they read over and over again. ‘Runaway Smile’ has joined the list.”
“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”
About his latest book – Honest Fibs: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories (Short SSF Stories) (Volume 3)
A mermaid turns out to be the perfect bait. A young man in the Badlands discovers the price of business. And a man desperate to escape his life finds out he’s not the only one. These are just a few of the stories in Honest Fibs, a collection of speculative and science fiction short stories that explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what’s real?
One of the early reviews.
Entertaining short stories each with something of a twist By Catherine Mackay on April 5, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition
*Note: I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review. If you have read any of Nicholas’ stories in the past, you will know he has a propensity to put a twist into a lot of his short stories, that more often than not you, the reader, are not going to see coming. Honest Fibs is no exception. This collection of stories starts off with two guys indulging in a bit of leisurely fishing. At some point, to fill in the time, they decide to tell each other tall stories or as they like to put it: ‘honest fibs’. The remainder of the book is taken up by alternating stories from each, but don’t get too distracted by them and forget about the guys fishing, because at the end there is a real twist which had me gob-smacked and wondering how the heck I didn’t pick up on it. Each story teases the reader’s imagination with its twists and turns and vivid portrayal of the unexpected – kinda reminds me a little bit of the Twilight Zone. I found Honest Fibs to be just pure enjoyment and a great way to pass the time.
THE PEARSEUS SERIES.
Pearseus is a dark epic fantasy series, with sci-fi overtones, that has repeatedly reached #1 on various genres on Amazon.
300 years and countless lightyears away, Earth’s survivors discover the real cause of humanity’s troubles; the inability to divorce or escape their own human frailty, vanity and capacity to despise the other.
Book One of the series – Rise of the Prince is currently on offer for 99c on Amazon.
“Pearseus does for ancient Greece what Game of Thrones did for Medieval England.”
Three hundred years after humans crash land on Pearseus, Styx, the Capital’s cruel ruler, learns of a dark prophecy: Cyrus, a young boy, will one day slay her. She imprisons him, but days before his execution he escapes with the help of the First, the planet’s native inhabitants. On their way to safety, nightmarish monsters attack. Cyrus flees, scared and alone, until a pair of First warriors rescue him and spirit him away to the mysterious Old Woman.
All Cyrus wants is to reunite with his family. But the Old Woman insists Cyrus is the foretold instrument in the First’s ancient war against a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Heart and mind war within Cyrus as he must choose between rejoining his family and preventing humanity’s extinction.
BUY RISE OF THE PRINCE ON OFFER AT 99C: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Rise-Prince-Book-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FYRKLPI
Other books in the series.
In fact you can buy all of the four full-length fantasy novels plus 23 short science fiction stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat in one amazingly great value package for under $10.
To buy view and buy all of Nicholas’s books and boxed sets please go to his Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Nicholas the Blogger.
Nicholas shares his extensive knowledge of marketing and social media via his blog on his website and covers topics such as Book marketing, Deciphering Amazon’s terms and conditioning and How to use social media to your best advantage.
Here is an example of a recent post on book marketing using travel destinations as an analogy. http://nicholasrossis.me/2016/06/23/book-marketing-essentials-positioning-your-work/
Now it is time to hand over to Nicholas to find out which of the questions he has chosen to answer….including the fact that he is descended from the Gods…Now we know where all his knowledge of the ancient world comes from! Welcome Nicholas.
If you have looked into your family history have your found any surprises that you can talk about?
Oh, absolutely. It would appear that my family has more than its share of tall tales, as they claim to be related to none other than Zeus himself.
A little bit of explaining is, perhaps, in order.
I recently came across a Greek book published in 1976 by Estia, written by Dionisios Romas, and titled Periplous (1570-1870). Among other historical facts, it has a number of notes on genealogy, and you can imagine my surprise when I found my very own ancestors among the names mentioned. You see, my mother’s maiden name is Komianou; a Corfiot corruption of Komnenou. Related to imperial families like the Angelos, Doukas and Paleologos, all of whom ruled the Byzantine empire at some point, the Komnenoi as a rule seemed to enjoy, well, ruling.
They ruled the Byzantine empire from ca. 1081 to ca. 1185; the Empire of Trebizond from 1204 to 1461; the Despotate of Epirus (1204-1479) and even, for a few years, Cyprus (1184-1191).
Constantine the Great
That much I knew, though. What I had failed to realise is that their claim to the throne was based on their relation to Constantine the Great, 57th Emperor of the Roman Empire and venerated as a saint by the Church. So, I’m suddenly related to the Great man himself.
Now, let’s see how far back I can trace this. Constantine’s full name was Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus. The first name here, Flavius, is a reference to the Flavian dynasty, a Roman Imperial Dynasty which ruled the Roman Empire between AD 69 and AD 96.
As the Gens Flavia was not related to the Julio-Claudian dynasty, their main claim to the throne was the fact that their soldiers had defeated the other three contenders’ armies, following Nero’s suicide. So, they had to come up with a better story to support their imperial aspirations. They found it in Aeneas, claiming the progenitor of Romans was, in fact, their ancestor. Obviously, that’s a bit like saying that since we all come from Adam, I’m related to Einstein, but that’s a tale for another time.
Anyway, for those unfamiliar with Greco-Roman mythology, Aeneas was a Trojan hero, son of the prince Anchises and goddess Venus(Aphrodite), Zeus’ daughter. His father was the second cousin of King Priam of Troy, mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, and Aeneas receives full treatment in Roman mythology as the legendary founder of what would become Ancient Rome, most extensively in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Dionysus (Bacchus). Obviously, the resemblance is uncanny.
So, there you have it. Through my rather impressive reasoning, I’m actually related to none other than the daddy of all gods himself, Zeus. Sadly, the only divine quality I have been able to locate so far, is my ability to effortlessly expand the afore-mentioned waistline. If only I had a little less Dionysus/Bacchus and a little more Apollo in me…
Tell us about your blog and your main features. With a link to what you consider best sums you up as a blogger.
I blog about anything that tickles my fancy from the world of books. A lot of my posts concern book marketing. This is because I’ve found out the hard way just how much work promoting one’s book is, and I wanted to share with others what I find out, in order to save them some of the trouble.
My favorite post on the subject is My Book Marketing Secret – http://nicholasrossis.me/2015/02/13/my-book-marketing-secrets-brand-building/, where I explain, well, my book marketing secret (hint: it involves building a brand that readers can trust).
Other than that, I enjoy odd and unusual books like a 400-year-old book made entirely of feathers – http://nicholasrossis.me/2016/01/04/a-400-year-old-book-made-entirely-of-feathers/ – and sharing fascinating titbits about the origins of words and expressions, like the names of groupings of animals or some creative Elizabethan-era insults.
What do think will be the next big development in the publishing industry?
In the near future, I expect Print-On-Demand (POD) facilities to expand into bookstores. That way, you’ll be able to walk into any bookstore and order a book, which will be printed out and handed over to you within minutes. This is already happening; the first European POD bookstore opened in Paris in March, using Xerox technology.
However, the technology is still in its infancy, in the sense that the books produced look more like company reports than literature. To make them look and feel like a ‘real’ book, you have to do a few extra steps by hand—for example, to treat the cover so that it won’t deform with humidity.
Also, one can only order copyright-free books right now.
Still, there are powerful market forces that will make such a move inevitable, for example the high cost of stocking up on books that no one may ever buy, or the fact that today’s best-seller may be obsolete within a week.
Do you have a favourite quote? What does it means to you as an individual?
Judging by how much effort you put in helping others, I suspect that my favorite quote is one of yours, too. It is, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want,” by Zig Ziglar. My whole philosophy is built around that, and that’s why my blog is so heavily focused on helping and entertaining others. Much like yours, then!
(Thanks for the compliment Nicholas..and I agree wholeheartedly with the quote in business and also in our personal lives)
Tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you.
I usually work on 3-4 books at the same time. Right now, I’m working on Pearseus: Endgame—the fifth, and last, book in the series; on Emotional Beats—a non-fiction writers’ help book explaining how to use beats; on my fourth, as yet unnamed, short stories collection; and on Valiant Smile—my third children’s book.
Connect to Nicholas on Social media
Twitter – www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossis and
Thanks very much to Nicholas for such a thoughtful response to the questions and I personally look forward to promoting his new books when they are available.
As I will have mentioned a few times in the last week.. I am offline as we wait for our Internet to be connected in our new house. However, Nicholas will be in and out to respond to your comments and I will be checking in from time to time.
We would obviously be very grateful if you could share on your own networks and pass the word along about Nicholas as an author, blogger and great supporter of those he comes into contact with. Thanks Sally