Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Interview with Adnan Alisic, UNFORGIVING


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
UNFORGIVING is a contemporary YA story (first in trilogy), inspired by that little boy who was killed by the Serbs soldiers; in real life he died, but in my book he managed to escape and survive in that forest for many years. Later, he was found by an American diplomat who adopted him and brought him to the United States. For years he struggled to adopt to a civilized life, and after finally learning to control his rage, he sees a monster who murdered his family. And that’s how the book begins: in the first chapter the boy ruthlessly murders those people.

Do you have a favorite character?
Besides Meho, Bucky in UNFORGIVING  is my favorite character. He is tiny, smart motor-mouth who believes he can do anything. He lives in his own world, the world where good guys always win, and if you're his friend, he'll do anything for you. He'll lie for you, cheat for you, steal for you, and he'll always find a rational justification for everything.

But if you're his enemy, or enemy of his friend, he'll hate you with blood-spilling rage.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I queried about 50 agents and all of them said no. So if I couldn't get traditionally published, there's always another way. And with today's technology, it's easy to get self-published. The downside to that is, since anyone could get published, there's a lot of crap out there.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I like to snap my headphones on, grab a pen and notebook and just write. That is one way to escape this place. I aim for one page a day, but when inspiration strikes, I don't stop until everything is spilled onto the paper.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I never outline. My outline is the first draft. If I get an idea for a specific scene, I would scribble it down in my notebook, and then during the rewrite I would insert it at the appropriate place. Sometimes there would be many scenes, and second rewrite would seem like aranging a giant puzzle.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
Self-publishing is a wild ride. If you don't have money or resources, you gotta do everything yourself. After finishing your job as a writer, you gotta switch hats and become editor, designer, publicist, marketer, and many other things.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I have about 10,000 followers on Facebook, so I use it as my main platform. I also have a Twitter account, but I dont use it as much as Facebook. Before publication, I'll be using a book tour with Xpresso Book Tours and actively seeking reviews.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
There are only so many hours in a day, and when you're doing everything yourself, something's gotta give. When I'm actively marketing my book, I gotta admit that I'm neglecting my writing. At least the physical part. I believe as a writer you are always writing, because those characters are in your head and you're always thinking, 'What would he say? What would he do? How would he act?'

Publicizing your book is a tough act, and I see why many authors don't like it. You gotta be actively involved with the public, shouting, selling, and promoting your book. And since many of the authors are introverts, it's a tough job for them.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Persistence is the key. Read and write. Never quit. Read biographies from famous authors and you'll see what kind of game this is. Steven King's Carrie was rejected 30 times. If he stopped submitting, we would never know who he was.

What’s next for you?
I am currently finishing MEHO, a second part of UNFORGIVING. It is quite unique because it's written from a perspective of a five-year-old Meho. My plan is to publish it before the end of 2017, and the last part by the end of 2018.


Unforgiving
Alisic Adnan
Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

12 years after surviving horrific massacre, 15-year- old Meho commits ruthless murders and sets in motion the event which could change the world order.
The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster — all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.
The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.





Author Bio:
After witnessing terrible war atrocities, Adnan Alisić escaped from Bosnia and came to Phoenix, Arizona where he became a successful businessman. Entangled in a gambling addiction, he was forced to execute this sensational casino heist. He can be reached at Alisic.adnan6@gmail.com or www.AlisicAdnan.



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