Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stan I.S. Law, author of the ALEXANDER TRILOGY

Today we are interviewing Stanislaw Kapuscinski (aka Stan I.S. Law), author of the ALEXANDER TRILOGY (ALEC, ALEXANDER, and SACHA).

Describe the plot of your book in a few sentences
The ALEXANDER TRILOGY is a series of novels that follow the
three generations of Alexander Baldwin's family as they strive to meet their ultimate potential, learning much about the world and themselves along the way. The series incorporates elements of fantasy, adventure, and romance.

Who (age, gender, etc) do you think would most appreciate this book?
This trilogy, as all my books, is for all people who do not cast themselves into a specific genre but enjoy the complexities of life at physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

What inspirations contributed to this book?

My inner-need to explore the human potential. Also my sailing, travels, (Also Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”).

Who was your favorite character to write?
As becomes a Trilogy, my favorite characters are Alec, Alexander, and Sacha.

How long have you been writing?
Since I retired from architecture, a good 25 years ago.

What is your favorite book?

Too many to mention. All works by Shakespeare? Tao Te Ching, Light Upon Light (Inspirations from Rumi), Bible, Secret Doctrine, by H.P. Blavatsky.

What genre do you read most frequently?
Science, metaphysics, philosophy; although lately I read the stuff people send me asking for reviews.

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?
I hope I continue to evolve daily. Since as a writer I am only a reflection of my daily contemplation, of my trials and errors, of the awe at the world/universe around me, and even of a little anger at stupidity of the masses, which includes most politicians, I am—even as my writing is—a work in progress. 

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been practicing?
As mentioned above, daily contemplation. Most of my inspiration comes at night. In the morning I just put it on ‘paper’. Much later I do the rewrite.

As a writer, one would assume English was your favorite class in school. If that was not the case, what was and why?
In school I couldn’t speak any English—I’d just escaped from the communist regime in Poland. I learned English much later, mostly from voluminous reading.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

Great! It saves trees.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
I don’t plan that far ahead. At the moment I have 2 more books in mind. Non-fiction. One—art and poetry (my wife is an accomplished sculptor). Two—collection of my blogs.

What is the most impactful experience you have had with a fan?

1. I am discombobulated by people asking me for autographed copies. I want them to enjoy my books, not me. I don’t matter.
2.  People who take free copies, then downgrade them because they don’t understand them.

Have your family and friends been supportive of your writing?
Only my wife and some friends. Not many. Most don’t believe I’d written 30 books since I retired from architecture. They don’t quite understand that writing is more fun than practically anything else, and I am a hedonist.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like (e.g. editing)?
Not really. I used to pay for editing. Now only my wife, friends, and myself edit my books. I can do it only about 3-4 months after I finished the first draft. Proofreading is another story. I don’t see my errors at all. My mind corrects all errors as though they weren’t there.

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?
Yes. I started writing poetry, short stories and articles. Some of them become books, later.

Do you write with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper? Why do you use this tool?
IMac. It’s 100x quicker to correct errors. I am touch-typist, of course. Without a computer I’d not have written 30+ books since I retired from my previous profession.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

See above.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your books?
Which one? I’ll give you a general idea. I’ll quote a reader of mine: If you think you might be immortal—read Stan I.S. Law. If you want to be sure—read Stanislaw Kapuscinski. But first and foremost, READ. 

More Information
Author website: http://stanlaw.ca
Author on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=stan+i.s.+law&sprefix=Stan+i.s%2Cstripbooks%2C267&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Astan+i.s.+law
Author on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/4172

Author on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/stan-is-law

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