Honestly, I’m looking forward to reading this next authors book more than I have others, just because of some of the reviews. I am a man who loves a hero who does what’s right, and from what I can see, Atlas is just that. If anything, his interview just makes me want to read it even more. Without further Ado, I’ll give to you Tony Evans. (Mr. Evans would also like to do a giveaway! If you’d like a chance at a free copy, just leave a short comment below!)
Short bio: Tony Evans is an American writer of science fiction. He has spent 12 months in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom conducting more than 50 combat operations where he received the Army Commendation Medal. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. His debut novel is Code Name Atlas.
Short blurb about the book: Atlas emerges from the ruins of Earth and is thrust into a heart-wrenching post-apocalyptic journey to keep his family alive. To keep his wife safe, he builds an army. To win back their home, he must go to war. But his selflessness is driving them apart. As he struggles for his wife’s devotion he is caught in a desperate fight against a tyrannical dictator. Amidst the fight of his life he uncovers the shocking truth about Earths destruction.
My GoodReads page, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439872.Tony_Evans?from_search=true
- What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
Publishing a book is scary because you’re putting your hard work out there for the world to read and judge. But if a person spent time reading the book and wrote a review, first off I’m already grateful for their time, and second it means that they cared enough about the book to tell other people about it. Any review is good publicity, someone might read a bad review for the book and find that what one person hated about the book they actually like about the book. Any review helps me to be a better writer. I can see what I did right and wrong and correct it in my next book.
- What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
I love the idea that anyone has read my book. I’m able to connect with a total stranger and share with them a fictional world that had only existed in my head. But now they’re carrying around that same world that I had imagined. We will probably never meet, but we’ll be connected in a small way. So the greatest inspiration for me to write any story is to connect with people. My inspiration for Code Name Atlas, came from my time in Iraq and in the Army. The fictional hero’s I had imagined as a child don’t exist and the real heroes in my life, my team leader and lieutenant and captain in the Army, were all heroes to me in different ways and all were flawed in different ways. And when we came back from Iraq, those heroes went back to just being regular people again. No one would ever know what they meant to me and how they kept me alive. So, I suppose Atlas is a combination of all those people I saw as heroes, the best parts of them and their flaws.
- Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
Yes, a lot of people helped motivate me as a writer. My wife, Priscilla, has been my biggest fan and my harshest critic. I first wrote Code Name Atlas just to entertain her. And then she kept pushing for more pages and more chapters until it was a full book. Also my brother, sister and brother in law and editor. All have read my stuff and have been supportive.
- Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
In one word, perseverance. Going through several rounds of edits, writing another book, marketing, social media, and dealing with all the things of normal life keeps me busy, and sticking with it every day is a challenge. But, I do all of it just so I can do that one thing that I love doing, writing.
and last, What’s your favorite color?
Plain old black. I’m not emo or anything, just not a very flashy guy.