Sunday, September 8, 2013

Author Interview – Vadim Babenko

What is your greatest strength as a writer? I’m able to concentrate on one idea for a long time, and I’m always willing to endlessly edit my texts. I consider a literary text to be finished only when it resists any further improvement. Yet I know that perfection is unachievable. :)

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Sometimes I feel exhausted, lacking energy and motivation. I take that very seriously and fight this condition furiously. Usually I try to cure it by changing something in my life – although life tends to fight back with equal fury.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My latest novel, SEMMANT, tells the story of a cybernetics genius who creates an artificial mind that has consciousness and free will. It takes the reader on a profound journey through the intersections of lust and affection, precise mathematical rules, and the elusive nature of love. Together, the characters find themselves in extreme circumstances facing a genuine human drama and the cruelty of real life.

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Who is your publisher? Ergo Sum Publishing is my own imprint. After getting two earlier novels published by major Russian houses, I decided to switch to self-publishing and have never regretted my decision. It takes a lot of resources and effort to create a perfect, professional-looking book and then market it on your own. But if one can do that, I see no reason to give away rights to a book to some other party. Now, finally, there are channels such as which can bring books to the attention of the widest-possible audience while bypassing the traditional “middlemen.” It’s a publishing industry revolution, no less, and represents an exciting time for writers.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? I think the most difficult part of writing any novel is maintaining the required level of energy and concentration for several years it takes to complete it. SEMMANT wasn’t different in this regard.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Of course, and there isn’t just one. :) To simplify greatly and make it very short, I’ll say it as it appears on my website: “Never tamper with love!”

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? I did include some, but not much.

What are your goals as a writer? To express in proper words everything I have to say, and to put all my energy into that.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I do travel a lot regardless of my books. And I write only about those places which I know really well.

What books have most influenced your life? “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy; the poetry of Alexander Pushkin and Joseph Brodsky; “The Castle” and short stories by Franz Kafka.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? No, never.

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Genre – Literary Fiction

Rating – NC17

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