Author Interview: Josiah Akhtab

Josiah Akhtab

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Jo Kapernick is and, to the best of his knowledge, always has been a loner, fighter, and survivor. Gifted with the ability of an exceptionally quick, even superhuman, sidestep, Jo travels the land in search of a way to unlock the powers hidden deep inside himself. Along the way, he meets and befriends other talented fighters with superhuman abilities who may just help him find what he’s been searching for.

  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Playing pickup games of Basketball and winning the majority of them, then, coming home and having a veggie burger with fries and an Angry Orchard. And, sometimes, having the sudden urge to write a short story take over and opening up microsoft word and, slightly buzzed, writing with no interruptions.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Tea.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • I simply write what comes to mind. I let my imagination take me where it will, as I too like to be surprised. After I write, I put the book away for a while to let it cool off, then I go back and edit. You know, fill in plot holes, correct spelling mistakes, etc.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • I haven’t actually made that calculation, but, if I had to guess, I’d say I could read about 100 books a year, as I am a fast reader. But, in actuality, I’ve probably read about 30.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Science Fiction/ Fantasy
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • I would like to write horror, as I do have a dark and twisted mind.
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • I read all my reviews and take them with equal weight. I try to find what they have in common and make adjustments where necessary to provide a better story for my readers.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes. In fact, they’ve all read my writing and have stated I have the talent for it.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • My favorite character is Jake Matthews. He’s the hero in my upcoming novel The Jake Matthews Saga. I like him because he reminds me of me in many ways, plus, he’s the first character I’ve ever written so he holds a special place in my heart.
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I was never a part time writer. I’ve been writing since high school
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Simply the smiles on readers faces as they read a story. I don’t write for the money or the fame, I write to entertain and give people pleasure, and their investment in my stories is more than enough for me.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • About seven or eight, but they have a predetermined publish date so I’m not worried.
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • I would say focus on one platform at a time. If you have followers on facebook, focus on facebook and promote there.If you try to promote everywhere at once you’ll never get anything done. Also, if you can, go around and check out some book stores and inquire about them stocking your book (better to go in person). Start a blog, write some short stories or poetry to get better and sharpen the toolbox, so that when it’s time to write your next novel, you’ll be ready!
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • Probably an investor, as I enjoy the concept of earning money without working for it. Probably because I’m lazy lol
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • My first novella was published by Dorrance Publishing. So, traditional publish is likely for me.

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