1. How do you feel about self-publishing?
2. Which genre appeals least to you? Why?
3. What does your family think about having an author in the family?
My Thai wife comes from a Chinese background and she thus has an acute entrepreneurial spirit and an entrenched desire to succeed in her on-going business(es) for which she uses most of the hours of a day for her work. That leaves me with plenty of quiet time to pen my next international bestseller, which will obviously become the inspiration of a future Hollywood blockbuster! Of course, from time to time, she reminds me that while there are high chances she will become a millionaire in a few years time, I have very slim chances of affording to quit my day job and become a full-time writer.
4. What is your favorite book? That you wrote, I mean…
5. Did any other authors inspire you? If so, who?
Thank you so much for answering my questions. Readers, it's time for a blurb and excerpt.
The Matrix and the Alice Books
by Voicu Mihnea Simandan
Intertextuality is a set of relations with other texts, which can include direct quotations, allusions, literary conventions, imitation, parody and unconscious sources amongst others. In The Matrix there are few explicit references to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
This book by Voicu Mihnea Simandan presents both the explicit references and the less direct ones, giving evidence from primary and secondary sources. In doing so, it makes use of a literary construction developed from Gérard Genette’s structuralist theory of transtextuality as a framework to present how a web of intertextual relationships is clearly formed between the Alice books and The Matrix.
“In The Matrix, Neo comes from the Oracle a bit disappointed with what he had just found out, but Morpheus tries to show him the way: “Neo, sooner or later, you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path... and walking the path...” Alice wakes up only when she is ready to face the real world, just as Neo has to understand that, in order to defeat the agents and end the war, he has to face his demons and take control of his own life. […]
In The Matrix, Cypher confesses his regrets to Neo over getting unplugged. “You know, I know what you’re thinking, because right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here... Why, oh why, didn’t I take... the blue pill?” The repeated phrase shows hesitation and the intensity of Cypher’s emotions. Neither Alice nor Cypher understand the new world they have entered, and both have second thoughts about remaining there. But, while Alice tries to unlock the secret of wonderland and eventually is able to control it, just as Neo does in the end, Cypher betrays his crew members in a desperate move to be reinserted into the Matrix.
Despite an ever-changing environment and logic, both Alice and Neo continue to deal with the challenges that beset them. No prior experience in wonderland or the Matrix can teach them about what to expect in their next undertaking; nevertheless they manage to get through each encounter, ready to face new situations.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Voicu Mihnea Simandan is a Romanian writer and freelance journalist who was born in 1978 in Arad, a small city in Transylvania. He has published short stories, non-fiction, and books for children. He has been calling Thailand home since 2002 and he has been a member of the Bangkok Writers' Guild since 2009 and a member of AP Writers since 2012. He is now teaching Language Arts and Social Studies at an international school in Bangkok. His upcoming debut novel, The Buddha Head, a suspense thriller set in Thailand, is scheduled for publication in late 2013. He loves archery, martial arts and travelling.
Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/Matrix-Alice-Books-ebook/dp/B00C696N9U/
Readers, follow this tour and comment often for your chance to win an electronic copy of Mr. Cheng's Coffeepot. Voicu is giving one away at every stop. He's also giving away a grand prize of a $10 gift certificate. You can find his tour schedule at http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/08/virtual-book-tour-matrix-and-alice.html