Link to his book Sunset----------------->
When did you start writing?
October 2009 was the first time I started to write as a serious project. Out of that came the manuscript that I later adapted into my first two novels, Sunset and Sunrise.
How has your background affected your writing?
I like both fantasy and science fiction, so I have introduced elements of both in my work, creating a futuristic society of new age vampires.
What are you working on now?
I’m trying to get the fourth novel in the series edited for a March release date, but in the meantime, I’ve been working on another novella that is set within story continuity.
Where do you get your ideas?
They explode out of my fevered brain, and I am just trying to write them down before they fade.
You write about vampires and you are a doctor—of blood?
I honestly didn’t make the connection when I first started writing. One of my readers pointed it out, and the irony appealed to me.
Has anyone influenced you?
I like Neil Gaiman’s work most of all in the mystical fiction genre, and Guy Gavriel Kay’s in high fantasy. For inspirational fantasy, I turn to Paulo Coelho.
What are some books you recommend and why.
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, a sardonic and erudite romp through the Apocalypse, blending Pratchett’s deft satire with Gaiman’s world-building and grasp of mythology.
The Fionavar Tapestry, by Guy Gavriel Kay, the finest high fantasy trilogy I have ever read, and my favorite in the genre. Everything had meaning and contributed to the plot and characters, it was so well-crafted.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, and inspirational fable about following your dreams, even when they seem insane in the light of day.
What do you like to read, and what would you never read?
I like science fiction and fantasy when I’m in the mood for a serious read, and romance novels for light entertainment. I don’t often read mysteries or non-fiction, because they just don’t excite me.
Do you feel an affinity to any of the characters in your books?
Nick, the main character of the first book, is my favorite character, and the one I most identify with, for his hero’s journey and character development over the course of the series. He starts out as a rather shallow person, with great power but avoiding commitment and responsibility, and learns to face his challenges head-on as he gains experience.
Can you talk about vampires?
They’re an old archetype, which has evolved into many different interpretations, from evil villain to tortured hero, from sexual predator seeking the destruction of innocence and virtue to reluctant lover searching for redemption. I wrote a little bit on this subject in a guest blog post earlier in the year. The full text can be found here:
Thanks for hosting me. I appreciate the opportunity.
Author bio below:
Arshad Ahsanuddin is a practicing hematopathologist, a physician who specializes in using biopsies and laboratory data to diagnose diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Yes, a blood doctor writing about vampires. The irony is not lost on him. It certainly amuses his colleagues.
For more information about Arshad, or for more information about the series, check out his website at www.pactarcanum.com and leave him some feedback.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pactarcanum
Goodreads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4759071.Arshad_Ahsanuddin
Twitter Handle: @pactarcanum
Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/Sunset-Pact-Arcanum-ebook/dp/B005SIXXB2
Smashwords edition (multiple formats): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61128
Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/zdvchNFqSu4
Book Blurb:Los Angeles, 2040. The terrorist Medusa and her followers threaten to destroy the metropolis with a nuclear bomb. One individual, the vampire Nicholas Jameson, comes forward to oppose them. As Nick takes on the terrorists, the fragile peace between the races hangs perilously in the balance as the supernatural peoples are exposed. Can Nick lead the four races into peaceful coexistence, or will the final war destroy them all?
With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive new series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.