What is your greatest strength as a writer? I’m able to concentrate on one idea for a long time, and I’m always willing to endlessly edit my texts. I consider a literary text to be finished only when it resists any further improvement. Yet I know that perfection is unachievable.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Sometimes I feel exhausted, lacking energy and motivation. I take that very seriously and fight this condition furiously. Usually I try to cure it by changing something in my life – although life tends to fight back with equal fury.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? My latest novel, SEMMANT, tells the story of a cybernetics genius who creates an artificial mind that has consciousness and free will. It takes the reader on a profound journey through the intersections of lust and affection, precise mathematical rules, and the elusive nature of love. Together, the characters find themselves in extreme circumstances facing a genuine human drama and the cruelty of real life.
Who designed the cover? Damonza.com
Who is your publisher? Ergo Sum Publishing is my own imprint. After getting two earlier novels published by major Russian houses, I decided to switch to self-publishing and have never regretted my decision. It takes a lot of resources and effort to create a perfect, professional-looking book and then market it on your own. But if one can do that, I see no reason to give away rights to a book to some other party. Now, finally, there are channels such as Amazon.com which can bring books to the attention of the widest-possible audience while bypassing the traditional “middlemen.” It’s a publishing industry revolution, no less, and represents an exciting time for writers.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? I think the most difficult part of writing any novel is maintaining the required level of energy and concentration for several years it takes to complete it. SEMMANT wasn’t different in this regard.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Of course, and there isn’t just one. To simplify greatly and make it very short, I’ll say it as it appears on my website: “Never tamper with love!”
A brilliant scientist creates a brilliant robot. Working together, they beat the stock market. But which one will survive the battle for love?
When Bogdan Bogdanov, a troubled cybernetics genius, creates Semmant, a robot living inside a computer, he feels on top of the world. Semmant takes on the capital markets and makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day, but when he falls deeply for the irresistible Lidia, Semmant’s artificial mind faces a new challenge. The robot becomes involved in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront the cruelty of real life. He discovers the eternal joy of what it means to have free will, but it takes him to a destination no one could have predicted.
This is a tale of lust and affection, an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It explores the scope of human feelings from a truly unique point of view. Universal chaos and the strict laws of society; precise mathematical rules and the elusive nature of love: all interact and clash, working together and against one another. Tragedy looms, but free will fights back – bringing hope that lasts forever.
Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – NC17
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Content (overall theme, idea and setting). The overall idea was pretty good. It was unique and held my interest.
What I liked. The overall idea was pretty good. Sometimes the book was confusing.
Did you find that the cover and title represented what the story was really about? The cover did fit the book and the title was the robot's name.
Disclosure - I received a free copy of the book which did not affect my honest opinion.
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