Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Into the Violet Gardens by Isaac Nasri - Book Tour

Into the Violet Gardens (Cyber Drift Saga) 

Isaac Nasri 

August 16, 2021
262 pages

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The year is 2024. A ruthless cartel dominates Latin America, and the FBI's Troy Levi gets commissioned to intervene. A cyborg for the bureau's Virtual Division, Levi delivers a devastating blow to the cartel's power but encounters a wave of social resentment in the aftermath.

As the people's feelings for cyborgs grow bitter, former black-op cyborg ally and CIA operative Soriana Salazar finds herself caught between sides. Eliminating the cartel destabilized the region, fueling anti-cyborg sentiments in neighboring countries and afar. But tough decisions await Salazar after civil unrest forces the agency to sever all cyborgs ties. And that's only the beginning…

Betrayed by the government, hated by the people, a vengeful league of cyborgs spawns a sinister scheme of liberation. And While Levi searches for Solace amid the turmoil and Salazar seeks balance, both will have to take a grave stand if they hope to stall the impending chaos.

Author Interview
1.     When did you write your first book?
It was a couple of years ago during my time in college. The creation of the story was held on pause until I revisited the story in early 2021. To reflect our time, immense changes in the manuscript took place to where I was satisfied with the results.

2.    What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Despite being a fan of cyberpunk, I enjoy providing elements that reflect our modern-day society.

3.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Outside of writing, I enjoy exercising in Rock Creek Park, especially after the end of shifts on Fridays.

4.    What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I start on a chapter by writing it out, and then typing it on manuscript. From there I’m able to least polish the section.

5.    Do you listen to music when writing?
It enables me to concentrate when I’m putting emphasis on scenes in my story. With music, I’m immersed into the world I’m creating.

6.    If you could have a dinner party with 3 other authors, who would they be?
That would definitely be Brian Freeman, Dan Brown, and Salman Rushdie.

7.    If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
Ray Fisher.

8.    If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
Seeing that one of my settings takes place in Sharjah, I would love an opportunity to go to the United Arab Emirates. I admire how the country is able to hold value in their culture while maintaining modernity at the same time. This is something that is very lacking today in nations.

 9.    Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
I’m not very fond of disclosing my legal name to the public, so the use of a pseudonym is beneficial toward me as an author.

10.                    Do you have a favorite food/snack/drink when writing (or anytime)?
Plantain chips but rarely I eat or drink anything besides water when I’m writing.

11.  How do you choose your book covers?
I come up with the vivid imagination after creating the title. From there I reach out to artists with reasonable pricing that can craft that cover in high quality that would appeal to audiences.

12. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Today’s culture makes it very challenging for aspiring authors to create their fiction. They’re forced to pander in order to have their books see the light of day. That’s detrimental to creativity. As a writer, you cannot make everyone happy. Your fiction will either draw admiration or infuriate those to the point where they will set a campaign just to block the release of your book. It’s not your obligation to pander, but provide quality entertainment, a compelling story, and a theme that readers can connect with.


Author Bio:
Isaac Nasri is a self-published author. He grew up in Washington DC and graduated in May of 2017 from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. His stories focus on offering allusion to recent events happening in contemporary society and how they affect his characters.

Heart of the Scrapdog is his self-published work that was released in 2020.

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