Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Interview with Arthur Zulu

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, and essayist. I also do ghostwriting, manuscript editing, and blogging.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in the countryside, and loved the rivers and the forests. So I like to probe God and His works in my writings.

What is your writing process?

I take time dreaming about my story, and taking notes. Then when the story is fully developed, I do an outline, and begin writing. I can write from one page to ten pages at a time. It may take me weeks or months to finish writing a story, sometimes years. I used to write the old-fashioned way with pen and paper, but I am now typing my story straight into the computer. After I finish the story, I begin rewriting.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I started writing way back in college. My first story was "A Tale of Two Lovers." I wrote several works including plays at the time, just for the fun of it. Sadly, I have lost all of my early manuscripts.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love Charles Dickens, the English author, for his descriptive and vivid prose. He was a great influence on me when I was young. But in my later days, I have come to love the works of Dan Brown, the American mystery writer. He is a master of suspense. The mysteries and clues in his books inspired my mystery novel, "The Hunt for the Tree of Life."

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I remember reading the simplified and illustrated "Gulliver's Travels" written by Jonathan Swift, as a child. I was fascinated by those strange lands that Gulliver visited. It challenged my imagination. This story and other simplified works like Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," and Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" fired my ambition to be a writer.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?

I like nature. I like walking the woods and the beaches. I also like listening to music.

What do you read for pleasure?

I read comic stories, jokes and cartoons. I love to read sections of newspapers and magazines that discuss people and cultures in other lands.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?

Book marketing is a Sisyphean task. I publish press releases and share them on social networking sites. The releases attract readership and they get shared by the readers.

What's the story behind your latest book?

I was moved to write the mystery novel, "The Hunt for the Tree of Life" after contemplating the transience of life. I wondered why a solution cannot be found for death. If there was ever a tree of life in Eden, it could be discovered and used to fix death. Like the title of the book, I wrote it sitting under a tree over an extended period of time. Yes, it was not the sought-after tree of life but the adventurers will prove in the series of the book to come, whether the search will be fruitful or if it will turn out to be a journey of lost souls!

Where can readers find your books?

My works are available on Amazon and Smashwords in various reading formats and in most online bookstores.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

It's a tall order getting attention by the traditional publishers. I queried dozens of agents for representation but got polite rejection mails even though I have a great story. So I decided to go indie hoping to be discovered like other fortunate authors.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

I am thrilled when readers download and read samples of my book. It gives me more pleasure when they order a copy because it means that the reader appreciates my story.

What do your fans mean to you?

I love to have a solid fan base. It is my fans that would spread word about my work to other readers.

Which of your books do you like best?

That's a hard question. But you can catch me reading "The Hunt for the Tree of Life." I did a lot of research in that story and put in my best. I plan to write 3-5 series. It will be my magnum opus.

Which of your books sell the most?

I have written fiction, non-fiction, and a play. The non-fiction titles sell more than the fiction. My bestselling book, however, is the writing handbook, "How to Write a Bestseller" followed by the suspense thriller, "The Hunt for the Tree of Life."

What's your latest work?

I recently published the "Janus."

What are you working on next?

"The Hunt for the Tree of Life" book three.

What advice do you have for young authors?


Writing is not easy, promotion is the hardest part. You won't become rich and famous overnight. Keep writing, polishing, and marketing your books. It takes time. First, test the viability of your titles with electronic publishing, then go paperback. Your Eureka moment will come!
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