In all honesty, this should be called a SAQ (Sometimes Asked Questions), but I digress . . .
Q: What’s this?
A: This is the official author site of Nick Alimonos (that’s me). Here, you can find excerpts for Ages of Aenya and The Princess of Aenya, as well as complete novellas and short stories. I also write book reviews, philosophical musings, and the occasional pop culture article. My genre is fantasy/adventure, but I believe that a good story has something to say, and that the very best fiction can have a powerful impact in your life. This is what I mean by the quest for literary greatness. My goal is to move readers the way other writers have moved me.
Q: Why the writer’s disease? Diseases are awful!
A: Since I was a child, I have felt the need to tell stories. Before I could even write my name, I was filling cassette tapes with adventures. I get depressed if I cannot put words to paper (or computer screen), sometimes even physically ill, and because of this, I suspect I have a small universe swelling like a tumor in my brain. Learn more.
Q: Your books sound interesting. Where can I buy?
A: None of my books are available yet, but Ages of Aenya should be out by 2017. I queried my first novel at 14, to little avail, and self-published The Dark Age of Enya in 2004, at age 30. Unfortunately, sales were unimpressive, and so I resolved to focus on traditional publishing. Since that time, however, the literary landscape has changed, with more authors finding success via e-book and other non-traditional routes. Christopher Paolini and Michael Sullivan found success this way.
Q: So, um . . . you’re a nudist?
A: Yes, as were many other writers, among them Robert Heinlein, Walt Whitman, and Benjamin Franklin. Kafka, Salinger and even Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, are rumored to have shared a similar ideology; and we know Edgar Rice Burroughs, of Tarzan fame, often wrote of naked heroes. Nudism isn’t about sex. It’s the belief that human beings are inherently innocent and good, and that we are all capable of treating one another with respect. But just as a homosexual writer or Catholic writer may explore themes reflective of their own lives and beliefs, those themes do not necessarily define their work, just as I do not define my writing by the nudist or naturist label. First and foremost, I am interested in great storytelling.
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, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, to name a few . . .
Q: How can I contact you?
A: Send e-mail to: email@example.com. Please, no trolls!