This month’s author interview features a writer who certainly qualifies for the category of intriguing person due to the sheer variety of interests he actively pursues. Not to mention, W.A. Rusho shares a wealth of medieval historical information on his blog as well as details of all the fairs and comic-cons he’s attended to get word out about his novel.
Official Bio: Many people have a day when they come into their own. Sometimes it was when they first played a sport, others when they found a calling. For W.A. Rusho, it was when he was in the military, where he discovered the dedication and commitment that he lacked earlier in life. Through dedication he found confidence. This sense of commitment and confidence he applied to everything.
Following his military career, he pursued degrees in Criminal Justice and Communication Arts and became a private investigator. W.A. Rusho is also a professional wrestler and a three-time inductee into the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame
1. Please provide a brief synopsis of your book.
Legend of the Mystic Knights is a fantasy novel that falls under alternative history. In the book an evil was released over 1,000 years ago. As a result technology has been stuck in the middle ages. An order of knights has been established to combat the evil. The novel describes a page training to be a knight, but also reflects what would the world look like technology stagnated that long. Basically, what would the world look like today if the Middle Ages never ended?
2. Tell us a little bit about what motivates or inspires your writing.
Imagine if you took a dozen painters, artists like Picasso, Rembrandt, and van Gogh and ask them to paint the same sunset. Imagine the different results you would get from each.
This is the same with authors; we create a world when we write. This world is seen by our own eyes and perceptions. I guess when I write, I am compelled to create that world.
3. Writing aside, what passions drive your life?
I am an amateur historian; the past has always fascinated me. I am not only talking about historical dates, or events, such as major battles, etc.; I am talking about how people lived during a specific time, their everyday chores, or entertainment. I implement this knowledge of their everyday life into my writings.
I am a part-time pro wrestler and martial artist. I also am a collector of weapons, particularly medieval or Asian weapons. My understanding of how these weapons work, and their purpose in combat, and also being trained in hand to hand combat, has allowed me to write more realistic fight scenes.
4. It’s hard to pick just one, but what do you consider your favorite novel and why?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville is on my life. I like how the story includes not just a story of revenge against a giant whale, but also the details in the daily life of sailors on a whaling vessel. Like in Moby Dick, I try to add specific details of everyday life in my stories as well.
Another aspect I like in this novel is that each character’s motives are spelled out. It is the motives of each of these characters that is the true conflict of the story; not the pursuit of the white whale.
What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
At W.A. Rusho Author I write about my books, and sometimes I will add something about medieval history. You can also learn about medieval fairs I have attended. I periodically throw in something about pro-wrestling or acting in there too. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I dedicate October to describe traditions associated with it, or even do reviews of my favorite scary movies.
6. What does your drafting and/or editing process entail?
I always say, “Writing is easy; getting the words in the right order is the hard part.” I like to ramble on when I write, completing the entire story from beginning to end. I then go into the story and find sections where I can logically add some facts. Example would be, if a knight went to get shoeing done for his horse, I might explain the process of how the farrier did his job.
After all of this, I then leave it alone. This gives me time to get the novel out of my head. After a period of time, I then read my novel again, and take care of the major spelling or editing mistakes that appear. After this process is over, I go back and see if scenes need to be expanded, or shortened. Once I do that, I might leave it alone again, then go re-read it with fresh eyes.
7. Are you traditionally published or self-published?
Both, or soon will be both. My novel is currently available for the Kindle through Safkhet Publishing. My paperback version will be self-published.
8. Can you offer one or two helpful tips for fellow writers when it comes to marketing and publicity?
Start early. Things today are different than in the past. Many publishers expect the author to handle much of the marketing of their books. Before your book is even published, get noticed. Start an author’s website, blog, etc., and reach out to other authors on social media sites and gain as much knowledge as you can from them.
If you have a publisher, discuss your strategy with them. Safkhet Publishing had even sent me a list of “Do’s and Do Not’s” for us authors.
9. What future projects can we look forward to?
Sequels to the Mystic Knights series of novels to begin with. I also am working on some horror novels; one being set in a zombie apocalypse, but looks at how the military will handle the zombie outbreak. I am seeking a publisher now to handle this book.
The other is a typical monster in the sewer story, but it also has some environmental implications. This is in a rough stage right now, so I would not expect it anytime soon.
10. Is there anything else you want your potential readers to know?
If you have read, or going to read, some of the Mystic Knights novels, I would suggest you pay attention to some references I added into them. Famous people are mentioned in my novels, of course since history has been changed, they do not appear in there as they did in real life.
A good example is Leonardo da Vinci; of course, he is the definition of the Renaissance man, a painter, sculptor, and scientist. In the alternate history of my novel, he is a famous werewolf hunter.
You can connect with W.A. and his social media sites via his blog.
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