Meet Maciek Sasinowski! His debut novel, ‘Heir of Ra’, has been released earlier this month and it made it as #3 Amazon Bestseller in Adventure Science Fiction on its Debut Day! I had the pleasure to interview Maciek and took this opportunity to ask him about his book, research going into it and future plans.
Imagination Bubble (IB): Tell us a bit about yourself.
Maciek Sasinowski (MS): I’m a bit of a cultural mutt: born in Poland, lived in Germany as a teen, and came to the U.S. in high school and been here ever since. I have a science and medicine background and love all things sci-fi and fantasy.
IB: What inspired you to write ‘Heir of Ra’?
MS: I’ve always been drawn to mythology and ancient civilisations and also loved books that played in multiple timelines, or told a story within a story, like Inkheart or NeverEnding Story. Being a huge sci-fi 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!
IB: How long did you spend on research for the book or is Egyptian mythology something you’re passionate about?
MS: I grew up watching TV shows about Egypt, so I did have a little bit of a background. 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.
IB: What’s next for you, are you working on anything right now?
MS: Right now we’re still super busy with the book launch of Heir of Ra, but my plan is to get started on the sequel in September. I can’t wait to dive back into writing!
IB: Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
MS: 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.
I would like to say thank you to Maciek and his daughter Sarah for sending me a copy of ‘Heir of Ra’ for review and for the opportunity to do an author interview. It’s been a pleasure working with you.
As for you readers, I hope you enjoyed the read and until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!