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). My genre is fantasy/adventure, but I believe a good story has something to say to everyone, and that the best fiction 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 at www.nickalimonos.com/explore, or read some of my 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 (or computer screen), and because of this, I suspect I have a small universe swelling like a tumor in my brain. Recently, to put a more positive spin on things, I 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 about Aenya?
A: I have been honing my craft since I was six years old, tried to get my first book published at DC Comics headquarters in New York City when I was nine, and started querying publishers by fourteen. I earned my English degree at USF, where my work was always favorited by my classmates and teachers, and I also won a number of writing contests, including runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Award for my short-story, The Gorgon’s Lover. I spent the next decade and a half world-building Aenya, nine years on the first book, and five on the second. None of this proves you will enjoy the Aenya series, but I do think it makes a difference, when people are publishing their books these days with little to no writing experience.
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: My next book will be aimed at the young adult market, tentatively titled, The Children of Aenya.
Q: How can I contact you?