About Kameel Nasr:
Kameel Nasr is the author of THE WORLD UP CLOSE, which details parts of his bicycle tour around the world. He is a tango dancer, art and music connoisseur, and the creator of the Curiosity Foundation which aims to promote international tolerance and sustainability.
What inspires you to write?
My writing has been diverse, including how-to books, a personal account of international bike travels, an academic book of Middle East terrorism, and now a Boston-based cozy mystery series. I want to write the type of books I enjoy reading, books that take me to a place I do not know. I was inspired to write a fictional account about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist because the crime has not been solved, and it gave me an excuse to delve into ancient Greece, one of my favorite topics.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not, as many other writers, an outliner, except that I have a general idea in my head. I write in three stages. The first is getting words on paper, and for this the number of words is the only thing that is important. Then I go to my first editing which I call producing Good Word, and here the manuscript starts taking shape. Finally there is the serious editing process of making the book interesting and well-written.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. I walk around with them, wonder what they would do in various situations. I sometimes look at people and relate them to characters in the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s so much advice out there about the field. My only advice is to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published by traditional publishers, but now I created an imprint: Curiosity Books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is hard to answer at the moment. Certainly Print of Demand and Amazon and self-publishing have changed the book business. I love reading my Kindle but it is limited and will not replace a book because a book is much better for thumbing through. Perhaps ebooks will evolve to be more like real books. I believe it will take a couple of years until be find which direction the industry is heading.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Cozy Mystery, Adventure Travel, Political Science
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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