In all honesty, this should be called a SAQ (Sometimes Asked Questions), but I digress . . .
Q: What’s this?
A: This is Nick Alimonos’s official blog (that’s me). I write fantasy/adventure, but a good story has something to say to everyone, and the very best fiction, I believe, can have a powerful impact in your life. My goal is to move readers the way other writers have moved me. You can find excerpts of my work at www.nickalimonos.com/explore, or read complete novellas and short stories for free by clicking the highlighted text.
Q: Why the writer’s disease? Diseases are awful!
A: I get depressed if I cannot put words to paper, and because of this, I suspect I have a small universe swelling like a tumor in my brain. To put a more positive spin on things, I recently changed the name of this blog to The Art of Storytelling, but the old domain name remains. Learn more.
Q: Your books sound interesting. Where can I buy?
A: Glad you asked! Autographed copies of Ages of Aenya and The Princess of Aenya are available at www.nickalimonos.com, or you can make Jeff Bezos a little richer by ordering from Amazon. The illustrated Ages of Aenya: Special Edition comes free on your Kindle device when you buy the paperback edition.
Q: Do I have to read Ages of Aenya before The Princess of Aenya? Is the one a sequel to the other?
A: Nope! Each book is a stand-alone novel, but they all take place in the same world. Technically, The Princess of Aenya comes later in the timeline. Reading both books makes the experience a lot richer though, so I highly recommend it!
Q: There are too many fantasy books to choose from, why should I read yours?
A: Short answer: Because it’s a genuinely great read, it’s memorable, and you won’t regret it. Long answer: Since I was a child, people have been raving about my writing, from my elementary school teachers to my college classmates. Currently, The Princess of Aenya is sitting pretty with 5 stars on Amazon, a 4.8 rating on Goodreads, and a 4.7 from IndieReader. Even the most snobby of book critics, Kirkus, had nothing but good things to say about Princess. Even longer answer: Storytelling is an art form like any other, and it takes a lifetime to master. I have been honing my craft since I was six years old, having dragged my father to DC Comics headquarters in NYC when I was nine, to get my superhero stories published (I was, sadly, turned down). I started querying publishers by fourteen and completed my first ninety-thousand word fantasy epic in high school. Without all this experience, I could never have dreamed of writing anything as notable as The Princess of Aenya. At any rate, it’s worth giving a chance!
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: Dune by Frank Herbert, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock, and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, to name a few . . .
Q: What does the future hold for the Aenya series?
A: I am working on a novella called The Feral Girl, and after that, something for the young adult market, tentatively titled, The Children of Aenya.
Q: How can I contact you?