Assaph Mehr

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I have always been fascinated by ancient Rome, from the time I was in primary school and first got my hands on Asterix. This exacerbated when my parents took me on a trip to Rome and Italy – I whinged horribly when they dragged me to “yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling”, yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art.

A few years ago I randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair. I fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. When I decided to sit down and write a novel, the setting was clear in my mind.

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a softwa
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Assaph Mehr Second (and third, and forth) books for Felix the Fox.
I wrote Murder in-absentia from start to finish, without much plotting ahead (it kills the fun…more
Second (and third, and forth) books for Felix the Fox.
I wrote Murder in-absentia from start to finish, without much plotting ahead (it kills the fun for me). As I was writing I constantly had more ideas for future novels. So I wrote them down, and now it's time to write the novels.

I have some pretty exciting ideas, on exploring the various aspects of the fantasy-Roman culture at Egretia. I've started on the next two books, writing them more-or-less side by side.

After that... I have more ideas for other worlds.(less)
Assaph Mehr Both are hard, but for different reasons.

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Both are hard, but for different reasons.

Being an author is the ultimate introverted activity. You sit for hours struggling to keep putting works on paper, often afflicted by self-doubt about their worth.

Marketing is a very extroverted activity - putting yourself out there, reaching out to people. No wonder then that a lot of authors struggle with the required marketing after publishing.

Each author, each person, have their own unique composition, strengths and weaknesses. So play to your strengths, and excel at what you do best. Then learn just enough to get by with other aspects, and use (pay) other people to do the bulk of work in areas where you struggle. (You need to learn the basics, to be able to recognise what works and what doesn't, even if you aren't capable of coming up with it or executing it yourself).(less)
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Francesca Thanks. :)


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