What was the hardest part about writing this book? I think the most difficult part of writing any novel is maintaining the required level of energy and concentration for several years it takes to complete it. SEMMANT wasn’t different in this regard.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Of course, and there isn’t just one. To simplify greatly and make it very short, I’ll say it as it appears on my website: “Never tamper with love!”
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? I did include some, but not much.
What are your goals as a writer? To express in proper words everything I have to say, and to put all my energy into that.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I do travel a lot regardless of my books. And I write only about those places which I know really well.
What books have most influenced your life? “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy; the poetry of Alexander Pushkin and Joseph Brodsky; “The Castle” and short stories by Franz Kafka.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? No, never.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Absolutely. The ideas for my next two novels are already well-developed.
Have you started another book yet? Yes, I have. Despite my SEMMANT marketing efforts, I’m now devoting my best morning hours to writing my next book.
What are your current writing projects now? A simple man, an underachiever, lives a lonely and boring life in the Maryland suburbs. All of a sudden, a sexy female FBI agent shows up at his front door and tells him he has a mission to save the world. He becomes the main part of a cruel experiment performed by a very powerful group. To achieve their goals, they need a machine able to model chaotic dynamical systems – such as, for instance, the entire population of a small country. Traditional computers cannot perform such a task; the idea is to use all the physical resources of a live human brain, turning it into a special kind of analogue computer. The question is: what happens then to the human being himself? And who benefits and wins at the end?
This novel explores subjects in which I have a lot of interest: freedom of thought, the power of human mind, practical applications of nonlinear sciences – and how all this relates to the real lives of real people. The book has just been started. It’ll take at least 2.5-3 years to finish and translate it into English.
Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – NC17
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What did you think of the ending? Well, I suppose it fit. Bogdan certainly needed professional help.
If you were to talk with the author, what would you want to know? If he ever found true happiness or love?
If you could rewrite the ending, would you? No, I wouldn't re-write it. The ending suited the flow of the story and I liked.
Disclosure - I received a free copy of the book which did not affect my honest opinion.
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