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Author Interview – Aryl Shanti

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A series of author interviews where Claire Buss has a slice of cake with an indie author (republished from her blog, But I Don’t Like Salad).

This week I am delighted to be having a slice of cake with fellow indie author Aryl Shanti.

Author of the award-winning science fantasy series, Shiva XIV, Aryl is a dreamer of worlds far away. More books include The Artist, a wild tale of love, madness, and redemption, as well as The Rainbow Serpent, a re-imagining of Adam and Eve. 

What kind of books do you write?

My books are passionate, poetic, socially relevant, diverse, spiritual, and unique. 

For example, my epic series, Shiva XIV, is the story of Ayn, an intersex boy who grows up sheltered by priests on the planet Deius. The priests believe he is their prophesied messiah who will save them from disease and war, but on Ayn’s 14th birthday, everything goes wrong. Ayn soon finds himself on a surprising journey of self-discovery and survival. There are 4 books in the series, and I’m rather proud of them all. 

I also write more eclectic books, such as my re-imagined Adam and Eve story, The Rainbow Serpent… and The Artist, a romantic, poetic tale about a man trying to conquer madness in his search for true love. 

Can you describe your writing why?

I write because I’d probably go insane if I didn’t. It’s my therapy where I can release all my pain, passion, joy, and fear. Without writing it all out, I’d burst into a thousand pieces.

Share with us your favourite passage from the book you enjoyed writing the most.

From The River of Time (Shiva XIV, book 4):

“I see the truth now,” said Ayn. “I think I always knew it, even when I was a child. I never thought it was possible to fix The Un, for it was never broken. It was only our perception of the universe that was skewed. It was never a paradox or something chaotic without meaning, for its duality is the essence of our own balance. Without duality, there is no push and pull – no dark and light. And like my own body, which ultimately gave me a deeper understanding of my soul, the tests and trials of duality brings the universe closer to its own depth, which helps it grow and learn, providing the balance it seeks. The truth is, to exist in the universe we live in, we must flow along with the raging river of time, not fight against it.”

Tell us about your latest project

In Promise of the Opal, when Sam arrives in Beijing for an impromptu getaway, she begins dreaming about a priest and a warrior from ancient China. Strangely enough, Jon is having the same recurring dreams.

The only thing both of them know is that Ling Sa and Li Gan had a passionate affair to last the ages, and somehow, it’s Sam and Jon’s shared destiny to remember their forbidden love.

What is your favourite cake?

I love most cake. Cake is the food of gods. But if I had to choose, chocolate always wins out. However, coconut is a close second.

You can keep in touch with Aryl at the following places:

Follow them on Facebook
Tweet them on Twitter
Connect with them on Goodreads
Check out their books on Amazon
Visit their website

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