Partridge Singapore is proud to introduce Alexander Marmer, author of Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu.
Please briefly describe your book
Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu. It’s a mystery-detective novel, which combines the detective, thriller and conspiracy fiction genres. For over 4,500 years, Egypt’s Great Pyramid has been shrouded in veils of the great mysteries, and to uncover at least some of them is the desire of many. Michael, a US Army Iraqi War veteran, is touring the Great Pyramid when he discovers a stranger dying inside the glorious Grand Gallery. With his last breaths, the stranger claims that he has been poisoned; pulling out a small notebook and cryptically whispering, ‘find four ways.’ Michael’s adventurous spirit and determination to discover the truth turns into a life-changing quest. Despite being mercilessly chased across two continents by the descendants of a sect of elite ancient warriors, he persists in his mission. In the process, Michael discovers one of the greatest deceptions by the most powerful and influential pharaoh in the whole of Egypt’s history.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Pace University in New York City. I am an officer for the NYPD. A Sergeant in the US Army National Guard, I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2012). I am a freelance writer for the US Army Fort Drum newspaper, The Mountaineer.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
Dan Brown and his eminent The Davinci Code, inspired me to write my own novel. Dan Brown’s widespread use of trivia facts throughout the entire novel made his book for me the most enjoyable piece of reading material I’ve ever read.
What inspired you to write your book and how long did it take you to finish it?
I’ve always been fascinating by Egypt. Egypt and the pyramids always mesmerized me: The Great Pyramid in particular, always fascinated me. I always knew there were more mysteries to the Great Pyramid than what we learned about it in school and numerous books about Egypt. The meeting of Anatoly Vasiliev, who devoted more than 40 years of his life studying and analyzing the Great Pyramid, back in 1996 in Moscow, cardinally changed my perspective about the Great Pyramid constructive methods and made me to write this book. I started writing the book back in 2007 and have been writing it on and off for the long 7 years.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
Don’t give up on writing. It’s a long process concentrating on your ideas and putting all of them in perspective so your potential future readers can easily understand and not get lost in the confusion.
Are you working on a sequel?
I have quite a few ideas for the sequel, but first of all I’m waiting for the reader’s reviews about my first novel. I’m eager to see my readers’ reactions about my book.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
There are quite a few marketing strategies planned for my book’s promotion: GoodReads books giveaway; Hollywood Gatekeeper; Book shows; Getting a professional review from the BlueInk and possibly from the Kirkus review; 2 press releases.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience?
Getting the final design of my book’s cover. I had one in mind before that, but the second I saw the cover designed by the Partridge graphic design team, I was sold.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
I had a very smooth publishing experience with Partridge. Everything was explained to me at the beginning and the whole process was without any major road blocks.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep on writing – don’t give up! I know a bunch of unrealized and unpublished authors because they could never finish their manuscripts. I know that by publishing my book I already inspired at least three “hung up” authors who “resurrected” their unfinished manuscripts and got back in the writing chair.