Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE BULLS OF WAR by E.M. Thomas, a fantasy available now from Rokhish Press. I hope you enjoy my interview with the author.
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First and foremost, The Bulls of War is a fantasy novel, albeit in the yle of Gmold of A Song of Ice and Fire more than Tolkien. In other words, I (quite inadvertently) favor the gritty steorge Martin; I find an easy way to describe The Bulls of War is calling it Game of Thrones with a Roman twist, instead of Medieval English. Thus, if you like those types of novels, you should like Bulls. In addition, Bulls reads very much like a historical fiction, and its world in fact draws inspiration from Ancient Rome. The combat hearkens to that age as well, so fans of that era and genre should find much to enjoy with Bulls.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’ll start with the cliché and say I can’t pick just one, but in truth, Antinax is probably my favorite. I thoroughly like the concept of perhaps the most dangerous person in the Empire being so physically un-intimidating, allowing his power instead to flow from his quiet, brilliant intellect.
What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
What can we expect from you in the future?
The first full-length book to follow The Bulls of War will be Fortress of the Sun, a historical fiction about ancient Greece – specifically, the battle of Corinth in the third century B.C. Fortress takes place within a larger historical arc for which I intend to write several more volumes. A sample is available on my website, for those interested.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Well, an ounce of word of mouth is worth a pound of me telling you all about the book! ☺ So to that end, it would be most beneficial if folks who enjoyed the book would leave me a quick review on Amazon saying as much. I also love hearing from fans, so go to my website, sign up for my e-mail list, and send me a note if you please.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
If you are going the self-publishing route, then I can’t stress enough how important it is to understand and embrace the marketing side of things. If you’re like most writers, you don’t want to think about that part. It’s boring, it’s sterile, it’s utterly uncreative. Nevertheless, learning SEO, Amazon rankings and algorithms, advertising, etc., are all equally important – if not more so – in creating a successful book than anything else.
E.M. Thomas will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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