Alyssa signed up to study history, not to rewrite it.
An excavation of the fabled Hall of Records beneath the Sphinx unleashes an ancient disease that leaves her father fighting for his life. As Alyssa races to find a cure, she stumbles onto an impossible artifact that could change history–or destroy our future.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author M. Sasinowski whose book Heir of Ra thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for M. Sasinowski, a biography of the author and an interview between me and M. Sasinowski will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful M. Sasinowski!
About the Author – written from the point-of-view of his 15-year old daughter (that’s me! 🙂
Some say that M. Sasinowski writes until 4 am… fueled by a single cup of decaf coffee. Others say this Polish-born American hyper-nerd absorbs energy from late-night TV space shows. No matter the truth… he’s my dad. He will never be cool.
He loves archaeology, Star Wars/Trek, martial arts (especially women who kick butt), and impromptu father/daughter (that’s me! 🙂 science debates or music jam-sessions. He’s kind of smart, I suppose (he has a physics PhD, and an MD, or whatever) and likes to build computers for fun.
His teenage daughter (that’s me! 🙂 is occasionally a handful to deal with and also served as the inspiration for the main character in his debut young adult novel Heir of Ra.
You may recognize him from his glorious hair or his tendency to do the “vacuum cleaner” dance to embarrass his daughter (that’s me… :(.
If you ever see this man, approach with care and greet him in a language he understands, like in Klingon or, better yet, in Wookie.
Now, how wonderful does M. Sasinowski sound?! M. Sasinowski is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of M. Sasinowski’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and M. Sasinowski, I hope that you enjoy M. Sasinowski’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.
Thank you so much for having me! I appreciate the opportunity to introduce Heir of Ra to your readers. About me: I’m a bit of a cultural mutt; born in Poland, lived in Germany as a teen, came to the U.S. in high school, and have been here ever since. I have a science and medicine background and love all things scifi and fantasy.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
Heir of Ra is a young adult scifi/fantasy adventure book with elements of history and Egyptian mythology. It’s a fun, fast-paced read; some readers say it’s a combination of the Da Vinci Code, the Kane Chronicles and Indiana Jones. Even though it’s technically a YA novel, I’ve been delighted to read reviews from young teens as well as folks in their mid-seventies and learn that it offered something enjoyable for everybody.
Regarding what inspired me to write it: I’ve always been drawn to mythology and ancient civilizations and also loved books that played in multiple timelines, or told a story within a story, like Inkheart or Neverending Story. Being a huge scifi and fantasy geek, I tried to combine all those elements and write a book that I’d enjoy reading. In retrospect, it may have been a bit of a gamble for a debut novel, but it seems to have turned out ok. So far I couldn’t be happier with the reception Heir of Ra has been getting!
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
To borrow from a well-known slogan: Just write it. I’ve talked to so many folks who want to write, but somehow they keep finding reasons not to do it. Just sit down and start writing. It may (ok… it WILL) be terrible at first, but it will get better. That’s what practice – and countless rounds of edits – are for. And if you’re ever truly discouraged with your first draft, look up a famous quote about first drafts that’s being attributed to Ernest Hemingway. It’ll make you chuckle and make you feel much better.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Books allow us to immerse ourselves into another world, become a different person, and to escape the daily grind. They teach us, make us laugh, and make us cry. Even with all of the amazing movie and gaming technologies, I don’t think we will ever be able to approach the depth of feelings books invoke within us while reading. I consider it a great privilege that readers choose to spend time inside my imagination and that my words can bring enjoyment to them and help them forget about their daily worries, even if it’s just for just a few hours.
What is your writing process like?
Since Heir of Ra and its sequels include complex plots and twists, I start with an outline or storyboard for the main scenes. It helps with the pacing and reduces the chances for inconsistencies to sneak in. An added benefit is that it breaks up the writing process into smaller, more manageable chunks. I can tell myself, “Okay, let’s just start with that scene and see how things go.” After a few days of doing that, things are suddenly coming together and, before you know it, there’s the first draft! (And then the real work begins. 😊
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I grew up watching TV shows about Egypt, so I did have a little bit of a background about that subject before starting on Heir of Ra. However, once I decided to incorporate Egyptian mythology into the book, I realized how much there was I didn’t know, so I scoured the web and learned as much as I could about the figures and mythology that I could incorporate into the story. Putting all the pieces together and creating a world that included elements of real history, mythology, and fiction was one of the most challenging, but also most enjoyable, aspects of writing this book.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I think it’s important to write every day, or almost every day. I get up pretty early and go for a long walk in the morning to collect my thoughts and plan out the day. When I get back I answer messages from readers over a cup of decaf cappuccino, then it’s on to writing!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I grew up reading all kinds of fantasy and science fiction books and devoured works by R.A. Salvatore, Michael Crichton, Carl Sagan, Fred Saberhagen and many others. I haven’t had much time to read in the last few months, but was able to squeeze in a few wonderful books by Sarah J. Maas, Robin LaFevers, and Alex Bracken – a fellow William & Mary Alum!
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I’m currently working on the sequel. It’s been fantastic to have so many readers reach out to me, telling me they couldn’t wait to read how the story continues. So, my dear readers, you’ll be happy to know that the storyboard for the sequel is almost complete and I can’t wait to dive into writing. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or my Goodreads blog for updates, or go to our web site and sign up for the email list to receive announcements!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with M. Sasinowski! If you have liked what you have read about M. Sasinowski and are interested in learning more about M. Sasinowski and reading M. Sasinowski’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,