Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and forty-second, is of science fiction and fantasy author Dima Zales. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.
Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.
He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.
In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. Keep in mind, though, Dima Zales’s books are going to be much more PG 13 . . . at least that’s the plan for now.
Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima’s fans are encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com.
And now from the author himself:
First and foremost, , my wife and I are a team when it comes to writing. The Krinar Chronicles Trilogy was our first project, and it was more Anna’s baby than my own. The Sorcery Code, the upcoming novel, has our roles reversed a bit. Both Anna Zaires and Dima Zales are pseudonyms. Anna Zaires books are more heavily romance-focused, while Dima Zales books tend to be more fantasy / sci-fi. It’s more of a branding exercise than anything else. The Sorcery Code ebook has a date now – December 16th and we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the audiobook version of the book (link http://kck.st/1bni5L5).
Anyway, onwards to say a bit about me. I used to work as a computer programmer, then eventually managed teams of programmers. Before quitting to write full time, I had some executive roles in the financial and later media industries. Almost everything I did in the past comes in handy. There is actually a surprising overlap between crafting a complex computer program and a novel – and being a manager helps me run our publishing company, Mozaika Publications.
Other useful stuff I did in the past would have to be my performing career and psychology background. Magicians and mentalists are, at the core, entertainers, and to a large degree, so are book authors. There is overlap between how one would stage a show and how one might plot a novel or a series. Aside from that, knowledge of psychology helps me tremendously with character development.
Finally, mentalism is actually going to inspire a book project. The Thought Readers will be a book that Anna and I will write together after The Sorcery Code and its sequel, The Spell Realm, are completed. Unlike me, who pretends to read thoughts, this series will feature people who truly have that power.
To learn more about the Dima and to sign up for Dima’s newsletter, visit www.dimazales.com.
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