An Interview With Aliya Anjum

Recently I was able to review two works by author Aliya Anjum, Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece: A Pakistani Girl’s Diary and An Arranged Marriage, and as part of our BA Mini Event she’s kindly taken the time to let me interrogate her!

Apart from being an author Aliya is also a history and travel buff, as you’ll be able to see in the interview below, with her own history including teaching, journalism, hosting a current affairs program, working for the Pakistani government, and studying in both her home country of Pakistan and abroad.

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Author Aliya Anjum

1. Globalisation is a topic that crops up several times in Two Weeks, what do you feel are some pros and cons of globalisation?

Globalization has connected people like never before due to quantum leaps in technology.  My e-books selling on Amazon to customers across continents are a testament to Globalization.  In my opinion the greatest upside of Globalization is the communication revolution.  If used prudently, it can bring people together to serve humanity.

On the downside, globalization favors Corporations.  They are benefiting from Globalization, often at the expense of the poor in almost all countries, including western countries as we have seen in case of Greece. Continue reading

An Interview With Paul R. Hardy

Paul R. Hardy, author of The Last Man on Earth Club, generously agreed to let me interview him about his book, writing, and other subjects.You can find Paul at his blog – The Last Man on Blog – and, as of recently, GoodReads.

If you’re interested in the book, don’t forget to check out my review and the giveaway that is currently on! You could win your own eBook copy of The Last Man on Earth Club.

1. Do you think that to write a book like “The Last Man on Earth Club” you need to have an interest in end-of-the-world scenarios or do you think for you, the interest was just about showing the processes of grief?

The end of the world very definitely came first, but the focus on dealing with the process of grief and therapy was what made the idea more interesting to me than a simple apocalypse story.

My usual approach to finding an interesting idea is to find an unlikely and absurd situation – for example, a meeting of multiple “last survivors” – and try to figure out what kind of realistic reasons there might be for such a situation. It’s always more interesting to have people react to bizarre situations as they would in the real world, without the larger-than-life responses that are far too common in genre fiction. Psychological trauma seems inevitable given what the “last survivors” would have suffered. These would be people who faced enormous difficulties living in any kind of society after rescue, let alone a completely foreign one in another universe. Therapy would then be an inevitable response to their trauma. Continue reading

Review: Veiled Innocence by Krystle Jones

Vishka should have died the night her empire fell. Alone and desperate, she makes a pact with a beautiful stranger for the power to avenge her people. But every bargain has its price…

Lianora never placed much stock in the gods; she especially never believed the Accalian lore that spoke of a lost ancient magic, a magic woven from the fabric of people’s souls. So when she discovers the teardrop necklace, she thinks it to be nothing special – until the visions begin, glimpses of a legendary empress’s past and the approach of a great evil. One that may be far closer than she realizes.

What Rowan wants more than anything is freedom. More by force than choice, he serves the crumbling gothic metropolis of Accalia as Black Knight, charged with the protection of the city. When a vicious murder occurs in the dead of night, he never dreams the beautiful woman with dark eyes and flowing, black hair could be a prime suspect. A woman who hasn’t aged for over one thousand years, driven to Accalia in pursuit of an avenging god of death bent on rebuilding his usurped kingdom with the souls of the living.

When Accalia falls prey to a devastating attack, the three unwilling allies are forced together. Now they must figure out how to kill a god. But how do you kill the embodiment of Death? Continue reading