Ricardo Alexanders is a descendant of the Great Yyu and an aspiring writer. He lives in Massachusetts and enjoys experiencing all kinds of cultures around the world. He loves music, history, and science. After obtaining his doctorate in science, he became fascinated with time-travel. In 2017, he published his debut time-travel novel Dragon Tomb, the first book of his The Last Resistance pentalogy. This history/science fiction series starts from World War II, during which a young archaeologist discovers the true origin of Chinese civilization and saves the world from Armageddon.
His next project is to finish Resurrection, book two of the pentalogy.
What inspires you to write?
The music from the Beatles and the colorful culture of India.
As a lifelong Beatles fan, I stumbled into a YouTube video in 2013. In that video, a tribute band played Let It Be, my favorite Beatles song of all time, with traditional Indian instruments. That very night, I had a strange dream. In my dream, I woke up as a singer in 1958 India, which I was always fascinated by. What are the odds?
The next morning, I scribbled down my lingering memory of the dream. Then, a question came to me. If John Lennon was born an Indian… with the same talent, could he still conquer the world?
This is the very question that I kept asking myself during my writing of Bollywood Invasion. Something extraordinary had to happen if the Indian (British) Invasion was to take America by storm as the world back then was not even close to be as multi-cultural as we are today.
Five years later, here I am, ready to share my dream with the world and pay my tribute to the greatest band in my mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner writer and there is no doubt about it. Before I officially start writing a book, I'd like to have the ending of the story in my mind . Strangely, all my novels are based on bizarre dreams I had at some point of my life. As a habit, I like to type down all my dreams in the mornings after.
As far as the character building is concerned, I typically don't think too much about them in the beginning. They naturally come to life as the writing progresses.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always imagine myself as one of my characters, taking to them, listening to them, putting myself in their shoes.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is George R.R. Martin. His A Song of Ice and Fire would certainly keep me up all night reading. The most valuable lesson I learned from him is that the most beloved characters should die every once a while.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am an established scientist with a passion of writing time-travel novels. Without a recognizable name and not much resources, I don't want to wait too long to share my fascinating dreams with the world. Therefore, I decided to self-publish first. As the world starts to accept me as a quality fiction writer, I will certainly consider publish with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In my mind, the future of book publishing would be a combination of traditional publishing and self publishing. As an author, I prefer to spend my time writing instead of promoting my books. For that to happen, each player in the business should give a little. The author should give up more royalty to the agent. The agent should open up to more indie writers and take care of the book promotion.
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