Paperback Writer welcomes Andrew Feder, author of historical fiction novel The Heretic as he continues on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
The Heretic Synopsis:
“The Heretic” is both a thrilling mystery adventure and a powerful cultural commentary, because though Feder’s fictional war hero Aias’ religious and sexual practices would be typical today, in ancient Greece, where polytheism and homosexuality were the prominent cultural mores, he was considered an outright heretic. This thought-provoking novel whisks readers back in time with an intriguing story of war and romance, but it actually begins set in a futuristic America.
“The Heretic” is the sequel to Feder’s first novel, “When Angels Have Risen” starring post-modern American Senator Jerry Fletcher. Following some bizarre dreams and an unsettling experience at a Los Angeles museum, Fletcher decides to see a psychic and go under a regression to tap into his past lives. Aias’ story is told through Fletcher’s regression, when he experiences his past life as the Greek war hero.
Aias was Alexander the Great’s mentor and friend, and a key ingredient to his famous military successes. Thanks to Aias’ formidable battle tactics, his enemies nicknamed him The Decapitator. After Alexander’s army enters Egypt, Aias falls in love with an Egyptian high priestess, who shares many of his counter-culture viewpoints and opens his eyes to the secret truth behind the Egyptian sciences and discoveries.
Filled with incredible historical details about one of the most illustrious military campaigns in history, sizzling romance and mystical themes, “The Heretic” is a provocative novel sure to spice up the day of any historical fiction fan.
Hi Andrew Feder
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
First I was fascinated by Alexander the Great since at such a young age he had accomplished so much while much of his accomplishments have greatly affected much of our culture in the West. But I also wanted to include my own experiences with regression to past lives so incorporated it in “The Heretic.” I felt compelled to implement a message while having the reader enjoy an adventure. So it was collaboration of ideas that came together. So with “The Heretic,” it was just simply a matter of baking the pie once the ideas came together.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
Since “The Heretic” is a historical fiction, I spent approximately a year of research in learning and understanding historical events, detailed areas of the places and aspects of the people in that time and finally understanding Alexander himself which included discovering Alexander’s mindset. The historical events including battle scenes were detailed out. Then I placed myself there – like in a movie. I see, feel – I am there in every way and aspect and I then click away like an artist brushing his/her strokes on a canvass.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
Never… Never… Never…By not knowing my experience unfolds as I do my writing. Like I said I am there. So I allow the moment to unfold and lead it where it takes me which often even surprises me. And hell, I if I knew the ending of the story that would take the whole fun out of writing it in the first place, wouldn’t it?
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
The main character like Jerry/Aias I look and feel what he experiences. The remaining characters that are fictitious I create and carve out and adding color and dimension while also allowing the reader to relate to each character in her/his own way. The historical figures that I create to my perspective are what I found during my research. I also used what some would say modern voice because I believe just as now people were people and related to things the same way but with different terms but when translated from ancient tongue would be much the same as today. This could be seen from culture to culture past and present.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Yes. Jerry/Aias has many aspects of me. I had included my own regressions/past lives in the book along with many experiences. I believe that an author is an artist; therefore he/she will incorporate their inner most experiences and feelings in their canvass, sculpture or book.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
I can’t say any individual one because there are too many that I truly enjoyed.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
Only after completing it did I look for a publisher.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
It was definitely hard. Even though this is my second book published. It took five years for my first to be published and six years since “The Heretic” which is the sequel of my first, “When The Angels Have Risen.”
What has been the best part about being published?
Seeing my book finally in print was the best part about being published followed by waiting and reading responses from readers and reviewers.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
First I would like them to enjoy the experience – the “E” ride. I also wanted the readers to become their own Heretic by questioning things that are told to them whether by their parents, clerics and/or authorities like the heretics of their time -Spinoza, Jesus, Buddha, Jefferson, Thoreau and so and so on. Never taking things for granted and as Thomas Paine had said, “Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
Do you have plans to write another book?
Yes but I have others already writer and plan to release in the near future – in couple years.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
Three words – It has simply been great! Okay that’s five words – my bad…
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
“The Heretic” can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, many on-line bookstores as well as your local bookstore.
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
My website is www.AndrewtheHeretic.com
Thank you, Andrew Feder for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
THE HERETIC VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on May 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Andrew’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May. Leave a comment on his blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of his tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on May 30!