Friday, July 13, 2012

Dark Side of the Moon by Ahmad Taylor: Interview

Government agent Derrick Thomas awakes from a disturbing dream to find a message from his father asking for help. As he sets out to lend his assistance he quickly discovers that not only can he not find his father, but that a clandestine government agency is out to derail his search before it can begin. After the murders of two of his father's colleagues and the further disappearances of his mother and sister, Derrick is thrust into a fight for his own life and a struggle to uncover details of a secret government experiment which his family may be part of.  Will he be able to save them and uncover the truth before he becomes the next victim of an organization bent on keeping him silent?


How did you start your writing career?

I assume you are referring to anything after the elementary school and the terrible book reports we were all forced to write back then?

I started writing poetry in college where I developed a real interest for creating and putting emotion into written words. I had one poem published in an anthology in 2004 and I was definitely hooked on having my words out there for the public.

I also wrote a mini-play in college, three combined appropriations of Shakespearean plays, and found it exciting to be writing something so in depth.

Tell us about your current release.

My debut best-selling Suspense/Thriller: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON was just named a semi-finalist in The Best Indie Novel of 2012 contest sponsored by The Kindle Book Review.

When former government agent, Derrick Thomas, awakens to find his family missing and in danger, he must outwit a clandestine organization intent on keeping him from the truth and his family.

Tell us about your next release.

I am currently writing and editing the sequel to DARK SIDE OF THE MOON which will be out end of summer 2012.

This story picks up with our hero, Derrick Thomas, far from home, and in immediate peril.

Derrick must fight his way through enemies at a secret government installation on the moon to find his missing family, while trying to expose a conspiracy to use civilians in terrifying experiments which leave them in a vegetative state.

Will Derrick find his loved ones before they fall prey to an organization focused on keeping him from discovering what part they may have played in all plot? 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Besides the fact that I am probably the slowest typist on the planet which makes each and every paragraph a physically exhausting trial of strength, I would say: continuity.

In the Dark Side series, I utilize a lot of linear leaps both forward and backward in time in order to give a full back story to each of the main characters, while keeping the present day storyline fresh and action filled. The most difficult part of writing this way is not losing the pace of the story, no matter where you are in the plot. Keeping the continuity of each section in time has been the most difficult part of writing thus far.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

I must listen to music when I write, lest my fantasies over reality and then, who knows what would become of my mind (sarcastically smiling).

I listen to a wide range of music, here’s a small sample: +44, The Smiths, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, David Guetta, Sia, The Fray, Notorious B.I.G., 10,000 Maniacs, Sara McLachlan, Linkin Park, Pink, Big Pun, etc.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

See answers above (lol)

Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?

Is 36 a milestone? If so, it’s in 11 days (24th). Approaching it as I do any of them; “Who coming with, and how much trouble are we allowed to have this year?”

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?

Not taking yourself too seriously.

While I write fiction, I think even non-fiction authors have to remember that while we are trying to enlighten, uplift and entertain the consciousness of our readership, we are only one voice. Scream as loud as you want, but your voice is no more or less valuable than the next guy/girl screaming as well. So not taking yourself too seriously is a great way to keep from going crazy (especially when you may feel like no one is hearing you).

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Pretty darn cool.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

It shows how far one man will go to fight for what matters to him most. His dedication and extreme focus is hopefully inspirational to others.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you to all those who have supported me through this crazy journey thus far, I pray I can live up to your expectations with future projects and continue entertaining you for years to come.

I would also like to say to all readers, any and everywhere, if you find an author or work that you enjoy, let them know about it. It may seem insignificant to you, but authors want and NEED the support of readers. It is what keeps them going when they are frustrated and tired and want to give up. Take two minutes to write a nice review or comment on their author page, or just hit the like button on their Facebook page. Can’t hurt; and it helps more than you will ever know.

Thank you for the opportunity to talk to your audience Laurie. This has been a lot of fun. I’ll be sure to stop by again soon to give some updates when DARK SIDE OF THE MOON is out and about.

Ahmad Taylor is 35 year old writer living in south Florida. A former police officer from Brooklyn, New York; Ahmad uses his law enforcement & private security background to bring credibility to the characters in the Action-packed Suspense/Sci-fi/Thriller: Dark Side of the Moon.

He is currently working on the follow-up to this Best-Selling thrill ride.

Here are some links on where to find Ahmad:

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Giveaway ends August 4th  11:59PM Central Time.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Love this kind of tangled web story. Thanks for the giveaway.