As I sat on my couch one day, I began thinking as I usually do as something deep within me always asks the question – Why?
Why do we exist?
Why were we created?
Why does the universe expand?
Why do we not know what God looks like?
As I pondered upon what the answers could be I saw a TV commercial, and as it played out I knew what I had to do – I had to tell the world this story.
I quickly grabbed a pencil and paper and wrote down what would become the first words and characters in the Realm of Zerros Saga.
As I finished writing I looked at the paper, and there were barely one–hundred words on it, and I then thought to myself. There’s no way on earth that I could write the thoughts that were flowing through my mind.
I then left the piece of paper on my desk at home but each day I would think about the paper and the story that I wanted to tell, and I knew with everything in me that I had to do, but even with the conviction in me that this was a story that was ageless and timeless, there were other very important factors at play which consumed my time – specifically my family and my job.
Then one day I somehow found myself with some extra time and I remembered that piece of paper on my desk and I took and I then cracked open my laptop and I typed the name of the first book in the Realm of Zerros Saga – Omega Armageddon – and as I finished typing it I started typing the words from the paper I had written down a few weeks back.
Then as I typed, it was as if every thought, every character, and every scene was playing out in front of me and I saw pictured the world that was in my head the words flowed and so began my journey in writing the Realm of Zerros Saga.
Then each day I would come home from work and get the house chores done and put the kids to bed, and I dedicated about an hour at night to writing at least one chapter and then before I knew it Omega Armageddon was complete.
I then had a dilemma, do I publish Omega Armageddon or do I continue writing the other two books and I made the decision to edit Omega Armageddon before starting to write book two – Death of the Universe, and book three – The Dragon and the Phoenix.
Wow, was I in for a shock, never in my life would I have thought that editing was such tiresome, tedious and hard work. But as fate would have it, this was my destined path in life, and I have no regrets about it.
As I began editing Omega Armageddon I initially thought I would be done in a week, but to my surprise, six weeks later I was still editing, and that was when I thought to myself. There’s no way on earth that I can do this for two more books, and that was the first time that thoughts of quitting wandered into my thoughts.
At this point I was tired, fed–up and I just wanted to stop but again as I thought about the story of Ava, and Jonah and Galiac, as well as the underlying stories of good and happiness versus evil and greed I knew that this story had to be told even though the chances of anyone reading it were slim, to say the least.
As I continued editing my mind was numb and that was when I decided to begin writing book two and as I wrote the words flowed and the story and the characters and their lives were as real to me as my own life and then within a few weeks I was done book two and at that point I just kept on writing and it flowed into book three and then before I knew it was finished book three and I was so extremely happy but then that happiness turned into a joyous sense of despair as now I had no choice but to finish editing all three books in the saga.
Then with my momentum fueling my every move, I began the arduous task of editing the remaining books, and I as read each word, sentence and paragraph I kept pushing myself. Then one day my mind couldn’t take it anymore, and I hit a brick wall, and I gave up, and for now, my hopes of finishing my books were on hold.
By now it was hitting late spring or early summer, and I was enjoying the outdoors with my family, and even though I hadn’t touched the books in the Realm of Zerros Saga for weeks, the characters and stories were still fresh in my mind, and I couldn’t stop thinking about them.
Then on a rainy Saturday there was absolutely nothing to do, and as I surfed the web on my laptop I thought to myself, “why am I surfing the web when I could be working on my book,” and with that I again began my wonderful journey of finishing the Realm of Zerros Saga and as I again began to edit the books I also begab thinking about the secong trilogy in the Realm of Zerros Saga knowing and hoping that one day I will finish that as well and the world will see that good will always prevail over evil through hope and love.
And now, with book one – Omega Armageddon, book two – Death of the Universe, and book three – The Dragon and the Phoenix now published in ebook format I can proudly say that even though the road was tough I never stopped believing in myself, and that is my advice to any new author like me – Always believe in yourself and believe that you can make a difference in your readers lives because your words are powerful and they are longing to be heard.
I wish you all the best.
Originally from Toronto, Shoraz now lives in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.
His first trilogy, which is part of the Realm of Zerros saga begins with his debut novel – Omega Armageddon. The trilogy continues with his second novel – Death of the Universe; followed by the third novel – The Dragon and the Phoenix.
The Realm of Zerros saga captures his passion for the science fiction and fantasy genres.
He is happily married and is the father of two children.
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