Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Acadia by Ali M. Naqvi

Welcome to Author Ali M. Naqvi.

Bio:

Ali M. Naqvi became inspired about writing and fell in love with the genre of Science Fiction & Fantasy when he first read the copy of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park during his fifth year in elementary school. Taking after the style of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and of George R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, Ali began his work on his series of Acadia in 2001.
Residing currently in Atlanta, Georgia and majoring in the field of Radiology, Ali is now finishing both the second and the third book for Acadia.

He can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angeluztb
http://www.facebook.com/Acadia.series

Interview: 

1. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

A: Gods, sorceresses, vampires, pirates, I think that alone would pique my interest as a reader, but truthfully, it would be the journey of Damont Langörn, an orphan to seek out his birth parents in an extraordinary world.

2. What inspired you to want to become a writer?

A: My fifth grade teacher, Mr. Almon. I remember that one time in our class when he asked us to write about anything or make up a good story. That was it, that’s when I knew how much I loved to write…even though what I had written back then was nothing more than a rambling about an alien world and ships—definitely what you’ll see now these days on SyFy.

3. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

A: Holding the first print copy of my book—a dream come true! I jumped and hugged the UPS deliveryman…not the best idea ever especially since now there’s someone new now delivering to my house.

4. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

A: Oh most definitely Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

5. If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

A: Late 1700s and in England. I’m in love with the regent and Victorian England.

6. Who are your favorite authors of all time?

A: If the last question wasn’t evident enough, my favorite is Jane Austen. After her, it’s Michael Crichton, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Marco.

7. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

A: That one is a hard question, especially since I believe each of my characters share a part of my personality. But if there’s one very close, it’s Derrick Avren.

8. How do you react to a bad review?

A: At first, I do feel very hurt and I think that’s a natural response since I feel as if I’m a parent and my book a child being bullied at school, but usually a nice cold Java-chip Frappuccino at Starbucks does the trick. Then taking another look at the bad review, I take it with an open heart and accept it as another opinion that I feel is needed since I believe the reviewer did his/her job after carefully reading and giving my novel an open mind.

9. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

A: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. That novel has shown me about true love and its intricacies, but more than that, just have Jane Austen’s autograph and a personal note would be legendary.

10. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

A: Yes, book two for my fantasy series, Acadia, is finished and now on the polishing stage. Also the last book in this trilogy is nearing completion, but it’s not really the end for the Acadia series since after the trilogy there’s five books to go to end the whole saga for Damont Langörn. Beyond that, I will most likely pick up and historical fiction/romance and pick the stage of Victorian England.

Acadia

It was only a nightmare at first, but Damont soon realizes that he can see into the future–a curse he has to live with for being the only son of a king dead for a thousand years, with a mother who is the goddess of time.
A man in black armor with a face as obscure as the shadows mantling him laughs wickedly. Who is he and why does he continue to haunt me, Damont wonders. Appearing only in his dreams, the man in the black armor stands alone and laughs high as if to mock him while the world around him burns to cinder. “They are not dreams, my son,” a voice calls out to him in a vision after the many nightmares–claiming to be his mother whom abandoned him when he was but a child. “They are shards of a broken world to come if you so take the path of your father.” If such a path does lie ahead beyond a throne that sits vacant for centuries, with an empire in the east growling for war, then Damont Langörn realizes he has but one choice: follow the visions and seek out the truth lost to both him and the world behind his lineage–but will he be strong enough to face such a malevolent foe of his nightmares?
With a vampire and a sorceress at his side, Damont begins his journey, but such a road is not an easy one to take if the gods themselves do not wish for his return as the king who would unite the world against their existence and bring demise to their very doorstep.

Giveaway Details
25 people will each win an ebook copy of Acadia
Open Internationally
Ends 8/21/11

To enter just leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you if you win