Rise of Prophecy by Abdur R Mohammed

Gods. War. Judgement Day. Novelist Abdur R Mohammed blends ancient myth, religious belief systems, and his deep imagination to create a fantastic new world on the pages of his fiction debut, Rise of Prophecy.

The Age of Virgo ends with an ancient Anuk prophecy looming over the world: peace ushers in prosperity; war brings annihilation. Prince Timon of Atlantis seeks the power of the Anuk star-people to conquer the world, but is challenged by the mysterious Liviana, who attempts to prevent the prophecy from unfolding. She is on a collision course with Alexius, a disgraced noble who inherits a secret from the gods. War is coming. Mortals and gods are in an epic power game in which strength, smarts, and allegiances are tested.

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Interview with Author Abdur R. Muhammed –

“Tell us a little about your book.”
It is a fictionalization of history, created from the flames of alternative-history, following the lives of six main characters, and two gods (Thoth and Persephone).
The story takes place at the end of the age of Virgo, roughly 12000 years ago.  For context purposes, two other periods are covered to paint a richer picture of the universe: before the Great-War, soon after (the beginning of Virgo), and the main timeline.
A looming prophecy details the return of the original Anuk (Visitors from the stars), who will pass judgment on humanity at the end of Virgo – Peace will bring prosperity; war brings annihilation.  The Empire of Atlantis is brewing war with the rest of the world which ensures the wrath of the Anuk.  The Characters are plotting for either outcome.

“Have you published before?”
This is my first book, although it has had two other incarnations.  The titles Chronicles of Atlantis and The Rise of Prophecy served as training wheels to get to this point.
The previous titles were immediately pulled after some lessons were learned, but the story itself of The Anuk Chronicles has remained the same.

“Are you currently working on anything else?”
I am almost finished my first draft of the second volume to The Anuk Chronicles entitled Rise of Villains.
Concurrently, I am detailing my experience with the self-publishing process, which I hope to publish at some point.  This would be a purely subjective expose into the pitfalls and triumphs I have achieved with The Anuk Chronicles series.
In addition to this, I have a concept screenplay I am working on.  Logline: Christmas is thrown into chaos when an accounting error assigns Santa to be Lucifer’s therapist.

“What is your favorite writing snack?”
That is a hard one.  I’d say a bowl of Cheetos.  Although, I have been trying to eat healthy, so celery stalks have been breaking up the crispy goodness from time to time.

“What gets you in the mood to write?”
I can tell you what gets me out of the mood to write: X-box.  I’ve been obsessed with a very popular Ubi-soft title which is providing months of gameplay.  This has been my Achilles heel for the past few months.
When I do end up in front of my fake monitor (32in LED TV), with fingers resting awkwardly on the keyboard, however, I am compelled to open the floodgates and let my imagination flow.
I would admit that once I have translated the first few images and feelings in my soul, then the anticipation to complete a chapter propels me forward; so really, the act of writing puts me in the mood to write.

“Who is your favorite character, and why?”
Another hard question.  As I complete Volume Two’s draft, Liviana is quickly becoming my favorite.  In Volume One she is a notch or two above two dimensional, maybe 2.5 dimensional.  This is done on purpose in order not to take away from the main protagonist, Alexius.  But in Volume Two however, she is demanding a fuller expression of herself.
In Rise of Prophecy, Liviana is a driven, self-confident power-house with purpose.  Nothing it seems could faze her, resembling many people whom we all know that exhibit these traits.  She is at the same time vulnerable to all the things we mortals have to deal with, and this is what seems to be flowing much easier with her, for me, than the rest.

“Favorite book of all time?”
I will have to say Dune by Frank Herbert.  This masterpiece is echoed in small ways in my story – subtle, but it’s there.  I read the novel at age nine or thereabouts.  I couldn’t grasp the totality of the universe Herbert created back then but this would ultimately lead me back to his works in my adolescent and adult years.

“I think breakfast says a lot about a person; what is your perfect breakfast?”
If I were to ignore any dieting strategy, I’d have to say pancakes, medium eggs, corn-beef hash, buttered toast (white bread, not that healthy stuff).  Then there is the untapped coffee, cream with real sugar.

“Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?”
I love the past.  Not the recent past mind you, but the ancient past.  There is so much rich culture and beliefs with a refreshing freedom that is lost it seems.  Would I like to live there?  If there was Internet, anti-biotics, quick inter-continental travel, Keurig, and baked goods…maybe there were; we’ll never know.

“Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!”
Why suffer Game of Thrones anxiety and withdrawals?  No that’s not it.
While academics argue about alternative history, spend some time in a world they only fantasize about.

About the Author Abdur R Mohammed is from New York City and currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He spent 13 years with the U.S. Navy, serving in F/A-18 fighter squadrons, and travelling the globe where his deep-seated curiosity about mythology and philosophy was further stimulated. Mohammed has degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He is working on Vol. 2 of The Anuk Chronicles while polishing up the screenplay for Vol. 1.

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