Interview with Arshad Ahsanuddin

22 Oct

My fourth guest from the IWU Blog Tour is Arshad Ahsanuddin. What do a hematopathologist and an author writing about vampires have in common? Nothing comes to mind at first, but Arshad is a living, breathing example of such a paradox.

Arshad, thank you for agreeing to be my guest.

It’s my pleasure. Thanks for hosting me.


CMS: Tell us your latest news.

AA: The print and ebook editions of my latest novella are online, which brings the Pact Arcanum series to three novels and two novellas. I’m very pleased that I’ve been productive, and I hope to finish editing my fourth novel and offer it for sale early next year.

CMS: When did you realize that becoming a published writer is what you wanted to do?

AA: I sort of stumbled into it. I posted a version of the story online, purely for fun, and one of my fans kept suggesting I publish it. So, on a lark, I showed it to some agents, who didn’t call me back, and an editor, who said it was a very strong manuscript. That kind of made me feel like I could be good enough to publish, if I worked at it. So I applied myself, and the learning curve was fairly steep the whole way.

CMS: Are you a part of a critique group? 

AA: I used to be more active in the Online Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing Group, but since then, I have mostly relied on my beta readers and freelance editors.

CMS: How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

AA: Who we are embodies what we write. I’m sure my upbringing insinuates itself into my writing on many levels, but I’m not consciously aware of it.

CMS: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

AA: Don’t dive right in. Lurk on some writers’ groups and soak up some of their advice and experience.  It will save you from making some elementary mistakes, and may even point you towards useful resources such as cover designers and ebook formatters.

CMS: If you had the chance to co-author a book with anyone who would it be and why?

AA: Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay are my idols. They write such intricate and fully-developed worlds, that you fall right into them.

CMS: How do you promote your novels?

AA: I have tried to be active on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, but usually only end up concentrating on one at a time, or it becomes too exhausting to keep up. Every now and then, I take a week’s break and focus back on writing and relaxation.

Close-up and personal, who is Arshad Ahsanuddin:

Night owl or morning person? Night Owl.  I do my best work sometimes when I’m interrupted by the sunrise.

Coffee or tea? Tea. Though I can stand espresso in a pinch, since it goes quick.

Music or silence? Music, definitely.

Sea or mountain? Mountains. There’s more to see.

Cat or dog? Dog. Cats are too arrogant.

Author Bio:

Arshad Ahsanuddin is a practicing hematopathologist, a physician who specializes in using biopsies and laboratory data to diagnose diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Yes, a blood doctor writing about vampires. The irony is not lost on him.  It certainly amuses his colleagues.

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Twitter Handle:  @pactarcanum

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Book Blurb:

Los Angeles, 2040. The terrorist Medusa and her followers threaten to destroy the metropolis with a nuclear bomb. One individual, the vampire Nicholas Jameson, comes forward to oppose them. As Nick takes on the terrorists, the fragile peace between the races hangs perilously in the balance as the supernatural peoples are exposed.  Can Nick lead the four races into peaceful coexistence, or will the final war destroy them all?

With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive new series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.

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