If you’re looking for an out of the norm action packed thriller, then look no longer. Ashes Of The Shogun by Apollo Butler is nothing like you have read before and you should definitely add it to your TBR list.
Apollo Butler knows how to weave captivating stories, authentic and suspenseful, that will keep you engaged until the last page.
Today I’m beyond happy to host Apollo Butler on my blog and talk about his journey in self-publishing industry, Ashes Of The Shogun , his first novel The Mark of The Steward, and his upcoming novels Dune Raiders and Romans, Revenge Of Adam.
– How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“Honestly I started in 2013, January to be exact, but it was by accident. I had this vision keep playing over and over in my head about this great battle and one day I said. “That would be a good book or a movie”. So I spent about one month actually looking for either the film or the book and realized they both doesn’t exist. And it was then that I realized that maybe I should create them!
So I started in 2013 but I didn’t know shit about writing a book and I didn’t have the money to go to school. So I did the next best thing. I copied and paste. Meaning for that year I read about twenty or thirty different thriller novels but took note of how the authors wrote their books.
I paid attention to the way they used punctuations, how they described characters, the pace of the book, how they structured the plot, when they added a twist to the plot, how long did the fight scenes last etc.
So after writing one book, five times in one year, I went and hired an editor and published my book. Only to find out that novels go through at least four editors before touching the shelves. So my first book only went through a development editor but never saw a copy or proof editor. So my first baby (book) was filled with errors and for sake of my brand I pulled it off of the market…. Until June of next year!!!!”
– Was getting published hard?
“At first it was because I didn’t know shit about the industry! Everything I know now I had to learn the hard way because I didn’t have any mentors here in the Bahamas and all of the writers, that I’ve contacted on Facebook/twitter, seem not to be interested in the people that buy their books!
But after four years in the game I sort off figured things out. My first book cost me about $1,700. Now after realizing that there is so much competition in the market place I now use freelancers to do all of my editing, book covers and other artwork. So I now make sure that all of my books go through four stages of editing.
Now my books only cost $650.00 to produce in English.
$1, 291.00, if I get the book translated into two different languages. But I also had a hard time with the major online retailers like Amazon.
As a Bahamian I am not allowed to have a US bank account and so I can’t use the direct deposit feature that Amazon offers. So I found a way around this.
All of my books are sold directly from my website, as a zip file containing a PDF, EPUB and a MOBI file, and to get them. Folks can use PayPal and boom. They have a great book in their hands.”
– Are your characters based on people you know?
“Yes they are but mainly after assholes that passed through my life. You could say it’s my way of getting back at them :-)”.
– What genre are your books?
“I only write action thrillers.”
– Which of your books is your most favorite?
“Ohhh my first book: The Mark of The Steward! That book shows the events that led to Satan’s exile out of heaven and explains the reason why a false God named Jesus went ahead and enslaved mankind with religion. Yes…. THIS BOOK EXISTS!”
– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“Actually I do. I like to just write a chapter or two first, leave alone, and then come back to it the next day. I’ve found that when I do this I always get new ideas that improve the story.”
– What are your current projects?
“My current project is called Ashes of The Shogun. Did you know that America sailed into Japanese harbor, shoved their guns down the Japanese throats and pretty much had their way with them. A few years later Japan went started building its navy.
So in my book my antagonist, Kami Akira, intends to attack America, as a form of revenge, because in his mind. If America had just mind their damn business… There wouldn’t been a world war in the Pacific!
Trust me, this book is action packed!”
– What’s next for you?
“I’m currently working on my third book titled Dune Raider. This is another action packed thrill and yes, you can see the book cover and the synopsis at http://www.apollobutler.com :-)”
Thank you for reading!”
Apollo Butlеr grew uр on thе white shores of New Providence іѕlаnd аnd continues tо enjoy a life оf аdvеnturе іn the lосаl tіmе forest and ѕwіmmіng in the ѕurrоundіng emerald blue wаtеrѕ оf the Bahamas.
The ѕоn оf аn Elесtrісіаn аnd a domestic wоrkеr, Aроllо hаd a natural love for fantasy novels and decided to commit his life to creating his own unique worlds on paper. He ѕеlf-еduсаtеd himself іn the fіеldѕ of fantasy and fiction writing and embarked on writing his first book: The Mark of The Steward. After аbоut a year оr two the novel was completed and published оn July 2, 2015.
But like most stories Apollo didn’t find success on his first try but found multiple issues within the self publishing industry that he was; not prepared to accept in this day and time.
He wouldn’t allow himself to be told how much his work would be sold for or the percentage of the sale he would receive. So before Apollo started work on his second book, he set out to change the “RULES” оf thе publishing іnduѕtrу.
Immediately, Apollo no longer saw hіmѕеlf аѕ a self-published author, but аѕ аn international brаnd! And in 2014, he launched his website and now offers his work exclusively from his own platform, as a download or a print on demand order, in English and three other languages.
ASHES OF THE SHOGUN
In 1854 the United States Navy sailed in Japan’s capital port and forced the country into an unfair diplomatic agreement under the threat of war. The event embarrassed Japan and brought an end to the ruling Shogunate, as well as exposing the flaws in Japan’s national defenses. Now Almost two centuries later a direct descendant of Hayashi Akira, the Japanese diplomat that signed the agreement, intends to return honor to his family name by striking the American homeland with a weapon so great that it will literally shake the foundations of America and its people. But a traitor in his organization leaks some vital information that could ruin Akira’s plans and bring war back at Japan’s doorstep. Will Akira succeed in delivering his blow to America or end as a victim of his own ambitions.