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Monday, June 24, 2013

Legends of Amun Ra The Emerald Tablet Interview

The Emerald Tablet

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy Leoros doesn't have many friends. The son of a scientist and archeologist, he is constantly on the move. But when his parents make a startling discovery in Egypt, Leoros' world is turned upside down. Do you wish you could have the power of a god? Would you use it for good…or for evil? When an archaeologist discovers the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt’s desert, her son decodes the ancient text leading him to a distant world. On that world, a slave girl begins a journey towards a destiny she cannot imagine. But when an ancient foe rises from the ashes, they will be brought together by forces neither understands. Leoros, who dreams of being like the heroes in the comic books, must fight to unlock the secrets of the universe to save a people he never knew existed. Atlantia, whose bloody visions wake her in the night, senses the darkness coming. Together they will face an enemy with the power of dark energy, lose a mentor to the assassin’s blade, and be betrayed by someone they trust. Their fight for the future is just beginning, and before it is over, a final sacrifice must be made. When the darkness comes, will they stand and fight or will they join it? There is darkness in everyone. 
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Interview with the Author

 What inspired you to write your first book?
A love for ancient Egyptian magic and mythology combined with a love of sci-fi/fantasy. There is a lot written about the Greek gods, the Viking/Norse mythology, but except for Ric Riorden's Red Pyramid series, which is for children, nothing really for adults about Egyptian mythology.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I did in the beginning. But now that I'm on my third book, with a lot of travelling for promotion, schedule changes, I just now say, that I have to be a professional and get my writing done no matter where I am or who I'm with. I always remind myself that J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter in a hotel room while she was on a book promotion tour. That's a professional. A hobbyist writer says 'I can only write under XYZ conditions.' Sometimes, you have to write wherever you can to meet your deadlines.

How did you come up with the title? 
I originally wanted the Philosopher's Stone, but that was taken by J.K. Rowling. So I had to choose another alchemy symbol that had a significant influence on the book. It turned out to be The Emerald Tablet.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Nothing in life is black and white. There are always shades of grey and different perspectives.

How much of the book is realistic?
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? There are influences of my own life which filter into the characters, and there are plot devices that have happened in history that I'm influenced by, but in general, no, nothing is directly lifted from a real life experience.

What books have most influenced your life? 
There's really so many. I truly read more non-fiction than fiction so every history book I've ever read has influenced me. But in terms of fiction, Asimov, Tolkien, Martin, Goodkind, these are the people I look up to.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? George R.R. Martin. His descriptions are amazing. I try to follow him - to make the readers believe they're in my world so much they forget the popcorn in the microwave.

What book are you reading now? 
A History of Israel and the Blood King.

Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
 Alison Goodman and Kristin Cashore.

What are your current projects? 
I'm writing book 3. I'm writing the next two novellas.

About Joshua Silverman

Joshua Silverman

Joshua Silverman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Orange County, California. While attending California State University, Fullerton and studying Criminal Justice, Joshua was introduced to a creative writing class where he wrote a series of paranormal stories. As a child, he has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations. Since working in the legal environment, he has combined his passion for creative writing with his love of ancient history by penning his debut novel, The Emerald Tablet, the first of seven in the Legends of Amun Ra series. 
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