Today I’m playing host to Rami Ungar to help promote his new dystopian/science fiction novel, Video Rage.
From a young age, Rami Ungar has known that he’s wanted to write, and from his teens he’s known that he’s wanted to write scary stories. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Rami writes and blogs nearly every day. He’s published two novels, the sci-fi epic Reborn City and the terrifying thriller Snake, as well as a collection of short stories, The Quiet Game: Five Tales To Chill Your Bones. In addition, he’s written and published many short stories, and is constantly working on something new.
In addition to blogging and writing and publishing horror fiction, Rami is also a writer and administrator for the blog Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors, where he gives advice to authors on writing and publishing. His bucket list includes collecting lots of weird and nerdy stuff, meeting his idols Stephen King and Anne Rice, and going ghost-hunting with the Ghost Adventures Crew.
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About the Book
When Zahara Bakur was forced to join the Hydras, she had no idea that the leaders of the growing street gang got their superpowers from the shadowy Parthenon Company. Nor did she ever expect that after Parthenon’s CEO Jason Price was done with the Hydras, he would try to have them killed. Or that she and her friends would have to flee in order to survive.
In the epic sequel to Reborn City, Rami Ungar takes us further into the world of Anno Bombus as Zahara and her friends try to outrun Jason Price and the numerous forces sent against them. With tensions high in the group and old enemies hot on their trails, the Hydras will be tested beyond their limits if they hope to survive what fate has in store for them.
And maybe find hope in the most unlikely of places.
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Keep reading for an excerpt and an interview with the author:
Searching her pants pocket, Rip found a small brown wallet. Looking through it, he found a New York student ID. Next to the girl’s picture was the girl’s name. Bakur, Zahara. Rip’s eyebrows rose slightly as he read the name. He stared at the girl’s name and then at her face.
A Muslim name. Now this was much more interesting than finding the Diablos, and way more interesting than the girl and her panties. He’d never seen a Muslim before, let alone met one. All he’d seen of Muslims were pictures of men with huge beards and women wearing black clothes that covered everything but their eyes. This girl certainly didn’t look like either; she looked more like one of the bitches from those stupid teen sitcoms.
He’d also heard that Muslims didn’t live in Reborn City. What was this one doing here? Were there others with her, maybe with bombs? He wasn’t sure if the stuff about Muslims carrying bombs was true, either; sure, he knew that some had done that a long time ago, but he seriously doubted that every person born into a group went and blew him or herself up. Otherwise they wouldn’t have anybody left.
Replacing the wallet back in the girl’s pocket, Rip debated what to do with her. Leave her here or take her back to 1-2 Head? He had to decide fast; people were coming out of their houses after making sure nobody was in a shootout and they’d get the police, who only came out of their stations to help this godforsaken neighborhood when someone came to them.
Finally Rip made his decision. Without batting an eye he pulled the girl’s pants up, picked her up in his arms, and carried her away. When the police arrived all they’d find would be a dead Diablos an’ a gun turned into mincemeat.
Why did you decide to be a writer?
Harry Potter. I was hooked as a child on those books. I loved the world of Hogwarts, the mystery and the magic and the constant excitement on every page. I found myself wanting to experience that world, and then I found myself wanting to create those sort of worlds. In fact, my first attempt at novel writing was a version of Harry Potter with a female lead and a few other twists. From then on, I wrote stories, though I didn’t decide to seriously pursue writing until I was around ten or so.
What genres do you write?
I normally write horror and science fiction, with occasionally dabblings in thriller. If I can find a way to scare people with it, I will write about it.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with? If so, what is it and what attracts you to it?
I’ve considered on and off writing erotica. The critics say it’s just literary porn, but I’ve read quite a bit of erotica, and the genre has an art and a method to it. I even have a list of ideas for erotica stories and a pen name I would use when I wrote those stories. I just haven’t had the time or the motivation to write them. Perhaps someday. We’ll see.
What authors/books have most influenced you?
Well, obviously JK Rowling has had an influence on my writing style. But I feel like every author I’ve ever read has had some influence on me. Big influences include Anne Rice (I love her vampire stories) and Stephen King, who made it clear to me that horror was the genre I wanted to focus on. I also think that if you read any of my serial killer stories, you’ll find some James Patterson there, from his Alex Cross stories. Those are definitely the major ones.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I was in college, trying to get people interested in my first book, Reborn City. Out of all the agents I contacted, only three or four actually got back to me, and none were interested in working with me. Some friends online were finding some success in self-publishing and I thought, “Why not give it a go?” It’s been a few years since then. I’ve published four books, and gathered a group of readers, the Followers of Fear. I’m far from a rich man, but I’m sure that as I keep writing and gathering readers…who knows? Maybe someday I’ll even be able to write full-time.
What are you working on now?
Now that the second book in the Reborn City series is out, I’ve been rewriting the end of a short story I’ve been working on and off for about a year or so. After that, I will do the third draft of another novel I’ve been working on for a while now. And after that, I think I’ll do the final book in the Reborn City series. After that, I have no idea. We’ll see what fate has in store for me.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
Try new things. You never know what new experience will inspire a great story, or what new technique will turn your story into one for the ages. So go out, and try.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy my stories, and that you find a way to let me know if you enjoyed my stories.