Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guest post by Ahmad Ardalan, author of 'The Clout of Gen'

Today's guest post is from Ahmad Ardalan, author of The Clout of Gen, a Science Fiction and Mystery novel, and the recently published The Gardener of Baghdad.

1.    What inspired you to write The Clout of Gen?

I have always been fascinated with Time Travel, I remember it all started when I was just six, and I saw a rerun of a show from the Sixties The Time Tunnel, where two scientists travel through time. From that point I was hooked, I just loved the idea, the suspense of having a chance in altering events in life, be it in the past or its domino effect on the future.

 2.  What is the significance of the title?

It represents the theme of the novel, a Mystery! I could have easily used “The Influence of Information” as a title but the core of my novel is too complicated, and the title had to follow the same.

 3.  Are there any writers who have inspired you?

For The Clout of Gen I wouldn’t say so, but in general of course (John Grisham, Roald Dahl, Stephen King and Paulo Coelho).

 4. Why did you choose to write Science Fiction? Or is that only part of the theme?

It is part of the theme, I would say my novel is Mystery fiction with a Sci-fi touch.

 5. Have you any plans to write a sequel?

It is a stand out book, but you never know, time will tell (Oh, how much I love this word TIME!)

Author Bio:

Ahmad Ardalan was born in Baghdad in 1979. At the age of two, he moved with his parents to Vienna, Austria, where he spent most of his childhood and underwent his primary studies. After his father’s diplomatic mission finished at the end of 1989, he returned to Iraq, where he continued his studies and graduated from the University of Dentistry. As a result of the unstable political, military, social, and economic conditions in his home country, Ahmad decided to leave Iraq and move to the UAE. After facing difficulties to pursue his career in dentistry, he opted to pursue employment in the business world. Since then, Ardalan has held several senior roles within the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, throughout much of the Middle East. His early childhood in a mixed cultural environment, as well as his world travels, increased his passion for learning about cultures of the world and inspired him to pen The Clout of Gen, his first novel. After eleven years of being away, Ahmad returned to Baghdad in January 2013 on a visit that was full of mixed emotions. Inspired by his trip to Iraq, he wrote his second novel, The Gardener of Baghdad.

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