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Author Interview: Thomax Green, author of ‘The Shu’

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Thomax GreenThomax Green was born in 1972. After waking from a coma 10 years ago, he says he “was finally freed of the devilish manifestations that plagued me with a life of sorrow.” In addition to being a writer, Thomax is a visual artist. His media includes painting, drawing, and photography. He has published a previous novel titled “C.O.W.:   Creatures of War.”
His latest book is The Shu: The Gnostic Tao Te Ching.
Visit his website at www.thomaxgreen.com.

About the Book:

Author Thomax Green has produced a compelling new book so cosmic in its scope that it has the power to change readers’ lives. THE SHU:  THE GNOSTIC TAO TE CHING is a “modern-day Gnostic work which blends all faiths and sciences into a super belief,” Green says. “With this belief system, you can be a faithful individual without the restrictions and classifications that are imposed by religious groups. In short, it is the way to freedom and happiness.”

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Thomax. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

The ShuThe Shu The Gnostic Tao Te Ching is actually my second published book. My first one is a science fiction comedy like the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy called C.O.W. Creatures of War.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with self-publishing C.O.W. after spending many years trying to get New York’s attention. Basically I ran out of agents to send it to so self-publishing seemed like the best course.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

This question doesn’t apply to me right now. With The Shu I am seeking representation in New York right now because there is a strong interest in the book being available in other languages. So I will get back to you on that.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was overjoyed when I was first published. The wife took me out for drinks. It was great knowing it was out there and people could finally read it.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I went as a vendor to as many comic book conventions I could afford. So far people really love both of the books I have released.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

When I first started writing I thought the hard part was finishing the book, but I have learned that is the easy part. What comes afterward is the true test of a writer.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

How blind by callus agents in New York are to great works of literature. They are so overwhelmed by the flood of submissions that it can be nearly impossible to get their attention. You could hand them a block of gold and they would call it lead.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Not being asked what I do for a living after I have told someone I am a writer.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Don’t write for money write for love; because your love is the only thing that will see you through the constant rejections.

 

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