Today Alexander Mukte, author of the Rewired books, is visiting Ascroft, eh? to introduce himself and his writing.
Welcome, Alexander. Let’s get started, shall we?
What are your favorite TV shows?
I like shows that make me laugh. When I feel like a lighthearted mystery, Psych and Monk never disappoint. My wife and I just started re-watching Modern Family, too, which is so good.
What is your favorite meal?
It’s hard to choose just one. I really enjoy chicken and dumplings, bbq brisket, and salmon. But, if I had to choose, when we honeymooned in Vancouver, my wife and I had this amazing sushi. It was the first time we had izakaya, and we tried something called torched aburi pressed sushi. It blew our minds. It’s been years, and we still talk about it.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
I’m actually writing a series of novels now, The Rewired Series. The first two installments are available now, The Recruiter and Deeply Rooted Dreams. It’s a genre-bending series that weaves together elements of mystery, visionary, and speculative fiction. As the name suggests, The series is about how we rewire our thinking around who we are as human beings and what’s possible. With characters that span across books and time, these novels are designed to be edge-of-your-seat, engaging mysteries that you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?
The person that comes to mind is actually a musician (and mogul), Jay-Z. While he’s not known for writing his lyrics down, they are his words. If you look across his body of work and pay attention to his messages, there’s a lot of impactful stuff there. His work has influenced me to make smart financial decisions, aspire to greatness, be disciplined and put in work, and own my art.
There are, of course, writers I admire as well, including Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Miodownik, and Annie Jacobsen. I love learning new things and understanding how the world around me works.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
For The Recruiter, we thought about the purpose of the main character, Ori. Part of his purpose is to identify and foster talent, not just for his company but also for something bigger… no spoilers!
For Deeply Rooted Dreams, it’s relevant for a couple of reasons. Malik works with trees and their root systems, and he has a dream/ambition that could impact generations. Dreams also play a role in both books.
EXCERPT FROM THE RECRUITER:
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Did you think we were going to let you get away with it?” The man’s voice was both incredulous and triumphant. The light from the full moon began to fill the room as Ori’s eyes adjusted. He inhaled deeply. The man continued as if he was talking to himself, “We knew you were up to something. Did you actually think that you stood a chance?” Ori surveyed the room. He squinted to focus on his surroundings.
“Are you listening to me?” the man continued speaking while Ori remained silent, not acknowledging him. Ori made out three bodies in the room with him: one talking, one holding a flashlight, and a third one close to what looked like the door.
The shack was an old cabin but was well built. No lights were turned on, nor was there a fire burning, so as not to attract any unwanted attention. The natural moonlight was perfect to illuminate most of the space. In the areas where the moonlight did not reach, there was the glow of a bright flashlight. This flashlight was suddenly pointed directly into Ori’s eyes.
Thanks for answering my questions, Alexander, and good luck with the Rewired books.
Alexander Mukte will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click here to enter the contest.
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Deeply Rooted Dreams (Book 2) universal book link: https://books2read.com/u/mZa1e5
About Alexander Mukte: Alexander had an active imagination his whole life, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son that he began putting the stories in his mind on paper. He wanted to be an example of someone pursuing his passion, dreaming big, and taking chances.
Alexander loves people, their stories, and their backgrounds as well as what shapes them, how they think, and what they dream about. He has a passion for learning and is known by most as an intensely curious person who eagerly soaks up anything and everything he can. He dreamt of a career that allowed him to learn new things every day. In writing, he has found a life that allows him to do just that.
After graduating with a degree in business, Alexander volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps where he aided in creating sustainable small business ventures in Central America. Before taking this leap of faith, Alexander did Business Development and Consulting for large domestic and international companies. These experiences weave themselves into the characters, places and stories he creates.
An avid traveler, Alexander enjoys exploring new places with his family. He was raised in Southeastern Arizona, and now calls Georgia home, along with his wife and two sons.
The Recruiter is Alexander’s first novel, though perhaps the 39th in his mind. We hope you enjoy it, and Deeply Rooted Dreams, as much as we have.