Sunday, January 9, 2022

Razi Imam -The IAN Interview

 Razi Imam

Razi Imam's debut novel MASTERS OF THE BROKEN WATCHES has won the 2021 IAN Book of the Year Award, 2021 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Award, and the 2020 American Fiction Book Award. In addition, his book is also listed as a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Award.

He has an uncanny knack of creating stories that are a cross-section of global cultures, mysterious science, human ingenuity and hard-hitting action adventure. His dream has always been to write books that would inspire readers to get involved in solving some of the greatest challenges faced by humanity such as hunger, poverty, illiteracy and disease. 

He is also the CEO of 113 Industries, an Artificial Intelligence company where his work in understanding human behavior inspire his stories.

IAN: Please tell us about your latest book.

Razi Imam: Master of the Broken Watches. An action adventure like Indiana Jones, a science adventure like Jurassic Park and a human feel-good story like Slumdog Millionaire.

Masters of the Broken Watches is a must-read.

Sebastian Miles and his team of marine biologists stare at their watches. Time outside their lab has jumped forward by twenty-two hours. Minutes before this illogical space-time event, they were analyzing a mysterious glowing nodule extracted from an unknown marine specimen.

News of this marine life reaches powerful governments, inadvertently triggering a race to hunt, capture and control it. But these governments and their nationalist leaders have never faced a team of scientists known as the Paramarines. They have no idea to what lengths Sebastian and his Paramarines will go in order to protect the species from capture and exploitation.

The first of a multi-book series, this genre-bending novel leaves readers on the edge of their seats. Thrilling like Blake Crouch and science-driven like Ted Chang, all approached in ways you’ve never seen before. A captivating adventure, a heartbreaking story of love, and a true display of human ingenuity and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.

IAN: Is Master of the Broken Watches published in print, e-book or both?

Razi Imam: Both

IAN: Where can we go to buy Master of the Broken Watches?

Razi Imam: Amazon

IAN: What do you hope your readers come away with after reading Master of the Broken Watches?

Razi Imam: I hope my readers would want the book to be true. I wish to inspire them to get involved in solving some our great challenges humanity faces today through the art of storytelling.

IAN: How much of the book is realistic?

Razi Imam: All the locations, such coffee shops, buildings, towns and villages are actual places one can visit. And the scientific research is real.

IAN: How is Master of the Broken Watches different from others in your genre?

Razi Imam: My book is multi-genre, it fits action adventure, science fiction and socio-political challenges. 

IAN: What books have most influenced your life most?

Razi Imam: Roots, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist.

IAN: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Razi Imam: Kazuo Ishiguro

IAN: What book are you reading now?

Razi Imam: Klara and the Sun

IAN: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Razi Imam: Everything. I am not a trained writer. I failed most of my grammar and English classes. Not sure how and when I developed the desire to write and now I love it.

IAN: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Razi Imam: Balancing the time with my fulltime business. I feel strong sense of guilt if I ignore either of my passions.

IAN: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Razi Imam: Relax and write. Do not be in a hurry. Enjoy the process. Let your mind go to places and experiences. It is a gift you have and don’t question your ability.

IAN: Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand-alone?

Razi Imam: The next book I am writing is book two in the series. It is called Masters of the Vanishing Walls. The story picks up from book one and the adventurer continues.

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