About the Book
The year is 2024. A ruthless cartel dominates Latin America, and the FBI’s Troy Levi gets commissioned to intervene. A cyborg for the bureau’s Virtual Division, Levi delivers a devastating blow to the cartel’s power but encounters a wave of social resentment in the aftermath.
As the people’s feelings for cyborgs grow bitter, former black-op cyborg ally and CIA operative Soriana Salazar finds herself caught between sides. Eliminating the cartel destabilized the region, fueling anti-cyborg sentiments in neighbouring countries and afar. But tough decisions await Salazar after civil unrest forces the agency to sever all cyborgs ties. And that’s only the beginning…
Betrayed by the government, hated by the people, a vengeful league of cyborgs spawns a sinister scheme of liberation. And While Levi searches for Solace amid the turmoil and Salazar seeks balance, both will have to take a grave stand if they hope to stall the impending chaos.
About the Author
Isaac Nasri is a self-published author. He grew up in Washington DC and graduated in May of 2017 from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. His stories focus on offering allusion to recent events happening in contemporary society and how they affect his characters.
Heart of the Scrapdog is his self-published work that was released in 2020.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
The novel Into the Violet Gardens is set in our modern society two years from now albeit in the presence of cybernetic warfare, cyborgs and robots. It uncovers elements (war, trust) that bring the truth about the dark reality about the modern society we live in, components that others may find uncomfortable. With this at play comes forth the darker truth about human nature and how corrupt it can be, and it aggravates thanks to outlets such as social media for instance. We see this in-display today in our contemporary society. The novel isn’t here to sugarcoat or placate, and as an author, I follow that mantra with my fiction.
In short, it’s cyborgs vs humans, and cyborgs/robots become victims to the perversion at play after earlier events pass in the story, and this comes to take a gradual toll on my characters.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
The novel is science fiction but due to its strong content and themes, it leans to an adult audience as they would relate more to what’s being told in the novel. There’s a good amount of Spanish dialect and influence, so those with a Latino background and bilingual tongue would fall into the category as well. Those who are into cyberpunk such as Robocop and Terminator will take great interest in this read.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
It’s challenging. I don’t have a specific author that I adulate. However, I DO have an appreciation for most sci-fi authors or general authors that aren’t fearful of the consequences when writing their work. I’m heavily inspired by real-life events (cartel violence, protests, etc) and they tie to what I write. My first work, Heart of the Scrapdog (available on Amazon), was a collection of short stories that situate themselves in the same cyberpunk world and it follows the same formula. Yet at the same time, I remind myself that it’s fiction and I use that liberation to bring life to the contemporary world in my story.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Upon writing, take heed of the necessity of editing. One round of editing isn’t enough to leave a draft in place. On my end, I was told by one of my editors that what may seem clear to me the author won’t be as translucent to your future readers. If you’re unable to find editors near your space, utilize the internet in finding editing services and costs that seem doable. Make use of beta readers as they will be good sources in giving you the proper advice on how to enhance your novel, even if it differs from your ideals. Use the internet, it’s your ally. Put emphasis on the book cover as well.
Character development and reliability are key in making your readers identify with them and enjoy the story as it progresses. Not everyone is perfect and doing otherwise would be detrimental. Put emphasis on the villain/antagonist in your story. As many sage writers and film writers say, the best villains are those we can relate to deeply regardless of their twisted mentality. We may condone or detest him/her, but at least there’s a connection we have. Give them a concrete purpose. They are what drive the story.
Writing fiction isn’t about pleasing people as the opposition is inevitable. You can’t make everyone happy. Doing otherwise will leave a bad taste in reader’s mouths and as an author, I can identify with this feeling of such pandering.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
I’m available at Goodreads and Amazon listed below for contact.
My author website is a good source for contact as well