Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, friends! I'm from Moscow, Russia.
Once, when I was 11, I walked past the library. It was a special library for adults who worked at the metallurgical plant. My father worked at this plant as well. Through the narrow window I saw shelves full of books. Usually there were no people inside. Workers rarely read. I was a smart kid, but did not read the books too.
Nevertheless the books in the Soviet Union were a rarity. You could not freely come to the store and buy them there. It is hard to believe today, but it's true. Books have been a deficit. You could easily buy the works of Marx and Lenin, but could not reach, for example, Jack London or J. D. Salinger.
I went inside. I do not remember exactly what we talked about with the librarian. It was a middle-aged woman. As a result, she enrolled me in the library under the name of my father, went down somewhere in the basement, and brought a thick volume. It was a novel by Jules Verne ”The Mysterious Island”. I read this book avidly. A whole new world opened before me. And so ever since I came to this library and I was given more and more new books.
I grew up, graduated with honors from the University. I am currently working as an editor at the largest Russian TV channel and writing books.
If this had not happened then, perhaps I would have to be working at the plant, which today due to the economic crisis no longer exists. So the only one book changed my life. So when someone says that reading can dramatically change a person, I believe in it, because I know it from my experience.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I wrote a historical novel about ancient Babylon and treasures of The Egibi family. Unfortunately it was published only in Russian.
This novel has not yet been translated. Together with my wife – Mary Evan – we also create children's books. One of them – «In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey» – has been translated into English.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual. I try to write in the morning.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are a lot of them. From American authors I particularly like poetry of Emily Dickinson.
What are you working on now?
Now I'm writing a historical novel about the Reconquista and the conquest of Granada. These events took place in Spain, just a few months before the first voyage of Columbus. Also, together with my wife, we are writing a new children's book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It seems to me that the best way – it's as much as you can communicate with readers. In this case it is best, of course, to communicate personally. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us, as we live in Russia.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write as much as possible.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write as much as possible. )
What are you reading now?
Now I read a lot of historical literature. It is necessary for me for my work.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Mmm. I will try to work as much as possible.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can not answer this question. Such book can not be selected. There are too many favorite books.