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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Author Interview – Zarug Thane

Did you find it difficult to adjust your writing style to modern tastes?

The only difficulty, really, was keeping my writing out of the hands of others while I was still a child.  I wrote in Phoenician at first, but as with any language, word order and syntax are different, so eventually I was forced to switch.

Unfortunately, one day my fourth grade teacher stuck her nose where it didn’t belong, reading one of my notebooks, where I dramatized the Old Testament passage, “You must wait thirty days before you go into the captured virgin for the first time.”

Being under psychiatric observation was tedious, but it meant I could write whatever I wanted in the guise of “therapy.”  Modern medicine can be quite wonderful at times!

Do you have any suggestions for writers facing writer’s block?

I always begin by praying to Thoth.  He’s Egyptian, but he’s not bigoted in any way.

Beyond that, it depends.  If I’m not sure what should happen next in a story, it usually means the conflict isn’t intense or immediate enough.  Or it might mean that my character lacks a strong enough motivation, goal, or drive.  In either case, the solution really requires fixing what has already been written, more than writing something new.

If you’ve set up a conundrum and then discover you don’t know how to resolve it, that’s actually a wonderful problem, provided you’re not on a deadline.  It means you’ve really challenged yourself and your protagonist.

To resolve that sort of problem, you pick a solution that you know won’t work, and you write it out and force it to work.  Then, you try a different solution that you know won’t work, and you write that out….  This is how you prime your subconscious to give you the one solution that will work.  Usually, it seems obvious once you see it.

Do you have suggestions for coming up with ideas?

Read, write, and keep track of all ideas that occur to you.  This is how you feed, exercise, and reward your subconscious.  Never shrug off an idea as being without value, because that provides negative reinforcement to your subconscious.

To avoid madness, try to keep all your ideas together.  I like to get one of those five-subject, college-lined notebooks.  The ones with pocketed dividers are best, because you can keep loose notes and clippings there as well.

It’s good to read through your notebook once a year or so.


Granted mortal form by of Nergal, God of the Underworld, Agushaya soon discovers that her new body is consumed by a shameful weakness. As she struggles to control the supernatural desires within her, Agushaya finds herself indebted to Seth, a mischievous servant of Loki, God of Chaos. Discovering Agushaya’s weakness, Seth begins to exploit it, luring her ever deeper into depravity.

Accompanied by the muscular but submissive Ragnar and the shy concubine Zoar, Agushaya and Seth travel through a post-apocalyptic landscape where the Resurgence of science and decadence seeks to overthrow the morality and discipline of the Blessed Ignorance. They battle bandits and ride fusion-powered riverboats in search of an artifact of unmentionable power.

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Genre - Erotic Fantasy

Rating – NC17

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