As an aside, please check out this blog post by Heidi Cullinan, author and president of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT chapter of Romance Writers of America: http://heidicullinan.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/rwa-shouldnt-be-in-the-business-of-discrimination/. She’s fighting the good fight, and deserves your support.
Now, on to more pleasant business. Today, as part of the Indie Writers Unite! blog tour, I have author Athanasios in the studio to say a few words about his Predatory Ethics series of books, beginning with Mad Gods, a story about the Antichrist and a quest to change destiny.
Athanasios has been interested in religion & faith since childhood. This led to studying a bewildering variety of beliefs from pagan, wicca, judaism, christianity, islam, to hindu, buddhism, shinto, luciferianism & much more. The interest made its own momentum & brought Mad Gods & now its sequel Commitment.
Other interests include most entertainment, from film, to television & books. He won’t try video games for the same reason he doesn’t keep his favourite booze in the house; he would do nothing else. There was a short time he was into World of Warcraft but that became the obsession he knew it would be. He left it for a deeper & more engrossing one: Predatory Ethics (http://www.mad-gods.com).
Longtime work in the graphics field has given Athanasios the facility to do his own covers. He also creates custom covers for other indie authors (http://www.mad-gods.com/coverHIRE.html).
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
I’ll tell you about the series, since there’s now more than one book. It’s called Predatory Ethics and begins with Mad Gods, has gone to a second book with Commitment and I’m working on the third called In Whom To Trust.
Predatory Ethics deals with every alternative history theory, and religion I have heard of. It runs the gambit of the Illuminati, Global Elite shadow governments, aliens, hollow earth, reincarnation, Revelation’s Antichrist and the stated destiny of enslaving the world in the name of Satan. Each book deals with various sections of alternative history and religion with Mad Gods concentrating mostly on Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Satanism.
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?
Connecting or showing possible connections between as disparate topics as sports, entertainment and the Illuminati’s Black Nobility is exciting to put forth. It might seem far-fetched but all I want is to put doubts in people’s minds and make them think. The problem I’m seeing is that not a lot of people want to think. I’m not putting anybody down for it, I’m only pointing out that few people want to invest the effort to see the connections I do. I chose the topics I write about because I watch documentaries and read books on alternate histories, and sometimes laugh at how implausible they are and at others I allow for the possibility that they’re right. I’m being vague here because there are so many conspiracy theories all over the internet about shadowy cabals and conspiracy theories that I couldn’t begin to list them all here. I listed but a handful in my first answer of this interview.
Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?
The wide storyline of Predatory Ethics took close to 10 years. Each part broke down like so:
Mad Gods was about 2 years and Commitment was 6 months with the upcoming In Whom To Trust also about 6 months.
Q. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?
Finding the time to do it. When I sit down and write there are no struggles to find the imagination, the story and characters come easily enough, it’s the actual doing it that is the problem. It’s the same problem for most indie writers who struggle with a full time job and many having a family and then finding time to write. It’s not uncommon.
Q. Did you seek the support of a writer’s group or class?
No, I don’t want my ideas diluted and I feel those two things just water down and dilute imagination and invention to the most common base of mediocrity. That’s not to say I don’t value other writers opinions I just want to choose which ones.
Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?
How much I enjoyed writing. I would liken it to reading a book while writing it. I get to find out what happens in the story before anybody else.
Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?
Many experiences were memorable; so many that no one could be singled out. My story requires a lot of research because it is set in specific times and uses specific events to make the fictional part of Predatory Ethics that much more believable. As such I loved it when I always found something in the news, entertainment or world events that I could use to bolster my story and make it come to life.
Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?
I hope they get an entertaining, thought provoking read.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on the third book in the Predatory Ethics series: In Whom To Trust. It just continues the story from where Commitment left off. Adam goes in search of his adopted fathers roots and comes to terms with that history and the rest of the Paleologos clan.
Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?
I am also a graphic/video artist in a dvd production house and I create and design book covers for quite a few indie authors. I started doing said covers in September 2011 and with only one exception, it’s been a very rewarding experience. You would think that people who don’t know each other and are at different parts of the world wouldn’t be able to trust one another but there’s only been one contract that hasn’t been what I thought it would be. Ironically enough the first one is also the one still unpaid and the only one marring the otherwise nice process.
Q. What tips would you offer to anyone writing fiction for the first time?
Write what interests you and be brutally honest with your critique of your work. Don’t ask family or loved ones to read your work because they’ll only try to spare your feelings. Finish your work and then go through it as a reader. Don’t answer the questions or rationalize the problems you might see in the work but answer those questions and solve those problems when you go for your 2nd or 3rd draft. However many drafts it’ll take.
Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?
I did a lot of research and research is an ongoing thing with Predatory Ethics. The characterizations are all based on people, from acquaintances to friends and family that I’ve known or routinely interact with.
Q. How did you come up with your title?
Predatory Ethics deals with the perversion of the Golden Rule, Do Onto Others As You Would Have Them Do Onto You. Many of my characters are part of the supposed Global Elite the termed Dark or Black Nobility who many have purported to have ties with the Nephilim mythical fallen angels, whose chief was Lucifer or the more common Satan. It’s commonly accepted that Satanic ritual or practices are the perversion or inversion of Catholic rituals and practices, most obvious the inverted cross. So I chose to look upon the Golden Rule as the aspiration most good Christian folk would strive for and Predatory Ethics as what the Global Elite or Black Nobility strove for or justified their behavior as: Do Onto Others Because You Can.
Q. What books have influenced you the most?
Many of Joseph Campbell’s books influenced my understanding and interpretation of faith and grasp of the purpose of life. The historical fiction of Mary Renault made another time and age come alive for me and the raw humanity of Charles Bukowski in all its dirty, ugly and repulsive forms serve to color my work and imagination.
Q. What can we look forward to in your next book?
More emotion and inventive tying in of such variety of topics as NASA, Hollywood, Nazis, Tibetan Buddhists, New Order Pagans, the Antichrist and the still present Lucifer, his Nephilim, Melussine Rothschild and her Black Nobility.
Thanks for tuning in.
A quick encapsulation of Athanasios’ work can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu2O4StE8DQ
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