Meet the Author… Hashmi Gor

Meet the author

Meet the Author...
Hashmi Gor

I was looking for paranormal authors on Instagram and came across Hashmi’s account. I immediately sent her a message and was excited when Hashmi contacted me back, saying she was thrilled to participate in an interview. I was thrilled, too, especially because she’s a fellow ‘Scotsman’ and I may get to meet her one day, and, of course, because she’s a vampire novelist as well! Let’s get to know Hashmi Gor.

Hashmi Gor

What do you do in your free time?

I rarely get free time to be honest. I work as a full-time, self-employed optometrist. However, when I do get time off, I can be found pottering around my garden which I find very relaxing. There’s a certain joy in watching a plant/seed/bulb you have planted flourish and grow. If, however, it is raining, which it often does in Scotland, then a movie or a documentary on wildlife would be on the agenda. I also dabble in henna tattoos hence my Pinterest name of GORgeous Henna.

Where did your love of reading come from?

I have to say it all stemmed from my Mum. She loved to read and had loads of books lying around the house. When I was you, there were no mobile phones and TV had two channels. If you weren’t playing outside, then you were indoors reading. It passed the time and opened up amazing new worlds you could escape into.

What is your all-time favorite book?

Wow, there are so many to choose from! The first adult book I read was Rage of Angels, by Sidney Sheldon, which was amazing. His writing style just pulls you in. One of my go to books when I want to be happy is Love in the Doghouse, by Molly Douglas. It’s a short book, but I absolutely love it. Bein a dog lover, it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you laugh and cry. In the classics, it has to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, for its wittiness and romance. Two other books that fall into my favourites category have to be See Jane Run, by Joy Fielding, for its brillian storytelling, and The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, again for its witty heroine.

What do you love most about writing?

I love letting my imagination loose. You never know what your mind is going to create next. It could be literally anything! A simple object can start to have magic, and when characters turn up, they can go places and do things you have only dreamed about. I think a lot of authors get to live the lives they want though their characters. Things that are impossible in real life become not only possible but real in your make-believe worlds. I think I love the feeling of almost being a child when writing because children don’t have the concept of what they can and cannot do and become. Everything and anything is possible when you are a child.

Which three people would you want on a deserted island with you?

The one character I would want from my books would be Samantha Lewis from Rules of Fate, my newest book. She is someone who always finds a way out of problems and has a wicked sense of humour which keeps everything light even when faced by crazy odds. 

A character from another book would be Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler books because he is also a genius at improvisation, and I love the banter he has. I think Sam would get on well with him. 

A famous person would have to be either David Attenborough or Lawrence Anthony, author of Elephant Whisperer, because I find both of them fascinating, and their lives are so diverse. Their experiences would keep me happy for months on end. 

Tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must read

Rules of Fate is my newest book which is going to be released in the next few months. It is a sci-fi fantasy which is a completely new genre for me. I usually write vampire fantasy and African adventures. This book challenged me in so many ways that initially frightened me. I also write it in the first person which made it very exciting. 

I love the characters that have come to life in the process. Samantha is one of the funniest characters i have created. She does, says, and thinks things that I somethimes feel I have no control over! Often she has made me laugh out loud until tears have literally rolled down my cheeks, which is why I don’t edit this book in public. Her banter with the other primary character is fascinating and hilarious by turns. It is difficult to brand this book in a traditional manner, but I think anyone who has a good sense of humour, enjoys fantasy, and wants lots of twists and turns would absolutely love it.

What gives you inspiration for your books?

Anything, really. I have found myself driving on a long, boring road at the end of the day when a scene just pops into my head. I think music has a lot to do with it. I tend to see my books as movies, with a soundtrack. For example, the soundtrack for Rules of Fate was Don’t you worry, Child, by the Swedish House Mafia, and Breathe, a song from Grey’s Anatomy’s soundtrack. The Blood Series was predominantly some of the Twilight soundtrack and Cold Water, by Major Lazer, while Edge of Dawn played out to Clint Mansell’s Boat Montage from the movie Sahara and other African tribal sounds. 

What is your favorite part of Rules of Fate?

There’s a scene where Sam gets shot at, and she’s trying to figure out why this random person has decided to shoot at her and her partner. Her partner doesn’t seem to find it unusual, and she’s getting frustrated by his blasé attitude. Here’s a small snippet:

‘...you sure you’re OK? I mean you were shot at.’

He shrugged like it had been a walk in the park. ‘I didn’t get hit.’

‘You sure?’ I wasn’t. Maybe the bullet had hit him in the head. That would explain his current blasé attitude and why he was smiling like an idiot.

This is one of the many scenes that made me laugh out loud. 

Tell us about a favorite character you have written, and why it is your favorite

Muskaan Bajaj from Edge of Dawn is quite close to my heart. Her life is loosely based on mine, and her job as game ranger/tour guide is what I would love to do if I wasn’t an optometrist. She has the fire and tenacity needed to deal with the hard choices she has to make in Edge of Dawn. In fact, she may be making a re-appearance in a sequel at some point.  

What would the main character have to say about you?

I think all my main characters would question my judgement and probably want to kill me! I make quite a lot of them suffer ordeals. Nichalas Rayne from the Blood Series would definitely have something to say about that. I have made the poor man go through a lot, from losing his love to almost dying and having to live in a cougar. I’m really sorry, Nick, but I don’t think the ordeal is over. There’s still a fourth book in the Blood Series that needs to be written!

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Thanks so much, Hashmi, for the insight into your writing. It is a joy to read your writing gives you as much pleasure as my own writing gives me. I think we’re both very lucky that we’re able to enjoy one’s work so much. 

If you like to know more about Hashmi Gor and/or want to follow her online, you can do so via the following social media contacts:

Email: HGorAuthor@yahoo.com

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Meet The Author… Alexis Marrero Deese

Meet The Author… Alexis Marrero Deese, author of Ignited, a new, intriguing, YA fantasy series.

I met Lexi on Facebook. I was looking for fantasy authors and her book, Ignited, jumped out. It’s a beautiful cover, and a very intriguing story. I had to get to know Alexis Deese a bit better.

Alexis Marrero Deese

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am an avid reader of all things Young Adult and Fantasy. Favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey and Leigh Bardugo. Although a Tampa native, I currently live near Atlanta Georgia with my husband and three dogs. I enjoy gardening, reading poolside and binging on Netflix.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I do! It was written on a yellow legal pad stolen from my father’s office and was about a little girl who runs away from home only to get swept away into a land full of dinosaurs. She has to fend for her life before she can go back home. I’ve always had a vivid imagination. My mother still has the story and it’s nothing more than a few sketches with some scribble underneath but I remember it very well.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Definitely Kushiel’s Dart (honestly that entire series) by Jacqueline Carey. Read it, people! I love stories with rich world-building and this series gets you hooked from page one. There is romance, danger and political intrigue. Basically all the things I love. If she had a dragon in there I’d be done.

Who is the most famous author you have ever met?

I met R. L. Stine a few years ago at a book convention in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a beautiful day and I definitely geeked out. I stood in line for an autograph 🙂

R.S. Belcher friend requested me and I fangirled just a little bit. Oh, maybe I should change my other answer. Read Shotgun Arcana (the start of his Golgotha series) by Belcher, it’s SO GOOD!

What are your books about? Could you tell us a bit about them and why they are a must-read?

I write Young Adult Fantasy with just a hint of romance. My debut novel, Ignited, is a multiple POV, fast-paced adventure full of elemental magic, political intrigue and dragons. It is the first of a planned quartet titled: Dance of the Elements.

Do you want each book to stand on its own or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I’m definitely trying to build a solid body of work. Submerged, the sequel in the series takes place right where we left off at the end of Ignited. With the exception of a couple stand-alone projects I’m working on, all my current and foreseeable projects will be connected.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

Kay is certainly my favorite. She is a precocious seven year old with too much attitude and too much power. She dreams of riding dragons and she’s kind of a badass. I’m actually releasing a novella featuring Kay later this summer. The novella will show everything that occurs in the two week period between the first two novels of my series. The second book is set to release in February.

What did you edit out of this book?

I actually deleted an entire chapter from Ignited at the suggestion of my editor. She said the chapter was redundant and the flashback was unnecessary. She was right and my novel was stronger for it. Always invest in a good editor! Submerged is currently in the hands of my Critique Partner so its editing fate remains unknown for now.

Can you give us a small teaser of your work?

I’m currently working on both Kay’s novella (title unknown at the moment) and Windswept, the third installment in my series. I’m happy to share an excerpt. Here are the opening lines from Kay’s story:

             For the first time since she’d been taken Kay opened her eyes and knew exactly where she was. The early morning light forced her to squint; someone had positioned the beds in just the right spot so that dawn brought its blinding radiance no matter which bed she chose to sleep in. She frowned down at the row of empty beds and reached blindly for the small glass of water on her bedside table.

            Every morning there was a new glass of the stale, warm water. Kay wondered who had the job of sneaking in her room at night and placing it there. Ash perhaps? She drank the morning’s rations and thought of the crisp water from the well back on her family’s property, somehow the water had always been cold, even in the middle of the summer. Here in the Sand Sea, the summer never ended.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Vanity Publishers!!! In the publishing business, money always flows down to the author. It’s sad how there are so many scams out there ready to trick newbie authors into giving them all their money 🙁

How do author friends help you become a better writer?

I love this question so much because I would be nowhere without my CP (critique partner). She is literally life saving. Having good friends who are also authors helps you in so many ways. Aside from the wonderful constructive criticism, my friends also provide me with motivation to write and answers to the publishing ins and outs. If you don’t have any author friends and you’re an inspiring author, go get some now! Join a Facebook group or a local writers club because writer friends are priceless!

Thank you so much for your answers, Lexi! It’s great to hear you talk so enthusiastically about writing. It’s clear from this and your earliest work you are a writer at heart 🙂

I couldn’t resist. I had to post the blurb for Ignited. Here it is:

AM_Deese_IgnitedA NOBLE DAUGHTER.

A FORMER SLAVE.

SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES.

“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”

Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.

You can follow Alexis Marrero Deese via the following social media:

Website: www.amdeese.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorAMDeese

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramdeese

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoramdeese/

Alexis Marrero Deese’s book Ignited, as well as the anthology Once Upon a Wednesday which includes her short story called Magic Show, is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Nook.

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