Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Finalist Nicholas C. Rossis
Book Title: Musiville: Let’s Face The Music And… Conduct
How did you know you wanted to be an author? Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas my essays were usually read in class (right after I polished the teacher’s apple).
In 2009, I felt ready for a career change and decided to try my hand at professional writing. A Greek newspaper had a segment called 9, which included a short science fiction story each week. I submitted my story, not expecting much.
They published it, and sent me a cheque for 150 euros. I was ecstatic. Sadly, by the time I had written and submitted another couple of stories, the newspaper had run into financial trouble and discontinued that segment. So, I sent one of the stories to a short-story competition, and, to my great surprise, it won. The story was published in an anthology called Invasion.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Just do it! Too many people are afraid of making a mistake, or of what others will think. Believe me, I understand those concerns—I once compared publishing your work with running naked through the town square. And yet, it’s one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in my life. Just make sure you use a professional editor that you work well with, and whose advice you’re willing to take.
That, and don’t forget to have fun. If you do it for the money, you probably haven’t done your research. Being an author is a lot of hard work, and the reason everyone knows J.K. Rowling is that she’s an exception; not the rule. You have to love writing, as pretty much anything else pays better for less work.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? Lol – does sleeping count? I get so much inspiration from dreams, it’s ridiculous! When I hit a wall, I take a nap. Does wonders for me, as I’ve trained myself to remember most of my dreams.
What message do you want readers to remember? Musiville is pretty political in a sense, even though I wrote it before the current polarization in politics. The message is that individuality is great, but you also need to find ways to work with the rest of the world. It sounds like it was more prescient than I realized at the time.
How can fans get in contact with you?
I am all around the Internet, but the best place to connect with me would be on my blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/
Other places include Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis and