Our guest today is Thomax Green, author of The Shu: The Gnostic Tao Te Ching. Thomax was born in 1972. After waking from a coma 10 years ago, he says he “was finally freed of the devilish manifestations that plagued me with a life of sorrow.” In addition to being a writer, Thomax is a visual artist. His media includes painting, drawing, and photography. He has published a previous novel titled “C.O.W.: Creatures of War.”
Thank you for this interview, Thomax. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Sure, I was born in 1972. My father was an artist and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. One Christmas I was given a small blank book that came with a pencil and I started writing stories of knights saving princesses from dragons. When all my friends were playing Atari I was enthralled with my Smith Corona typewriter. But it wasn’t until after my coma ten years ago that I started to write seriously, and I haven’t stopped since.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
The Shu The Gnostic Tao Te Ching is a little 110 page wonder which blends the root cores of all faiths into a super belief. It breaks down the barriers that separate us and promises a path to the Inner Light and happiness.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I write in many different genres, but this book I have known I would compile all my life. It is my coup de grace.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Overcoming my fear of what people will think of me for writing a book that unifies us all. Many people are stubborn in their ways and see change as a threat. But fear is an illusion of the mind; it has no basis in reality. Being open-minded people will find great joy from this little volume.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I self-published The Shu because of the higher royalties. I am donating 50% of my earnings from this book to UNICEF to help children in need. But ultimately I would like for a big publisher to pick it up because there is demand for it in other languages.
Was it the right choice for you?
I spent seven years trying to impress New York with one of my novels to no avail. I didn’t want to do that with The Shu. I want New York to be knocking on my door now.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I am working with The Barrett Company to promote the book and I am getting coverage nationally and I believe internationally.
How is that going for you?
Charlie Barrett has been great. The campaign is still young but I feel great things will come from it.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I did a few radio interviews and I noticed some sales immediately following that. I am eagerly awaiting the reviews on the book.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I did but right now my wife has just gotten laid off from IBM and my sales job didn’t pan out like we hoped. So we are getting by with her severance and my disability check. Looking to the future is frightening right now, but we hope the book will not only be good for UNICEF but will also allow us to keep our house and to be able to get by somewhat comfortably.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
If you are writing for money you should just give up writing. If you are writing for the love of writing and the dream of giving back to the world continue to strive through all the rejection and indifference. Perseverance is the key to success even if all the success you achieve is the satisfaction of never giving up.
What’s next for you?
I am putting the finishing touches on a Superman comic that I plan to get into my contract attorneys hands soon. I hope DC Comics picks it up. I am dedicating it to my fourteen year old cousin Nicole who was thrown from her horse and ended up in a coma. It reminded me of Christopher Reeves. So I wrote this Superman comic in hopes she will someday be able to read it when she is better.
Other than that I have a children’s book I have written by the name of Kylie Cherub that is similar to a Peter Pan type of story. I am waiting until I have a little more money so I can get it illustrated before I get it out to you all, but I think people will really enjoy it.
Thank you for this interview, Thomax. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You can find out more about me at www.thomaxgreen.com There are links to my books at www.8th-hourpress.com I also have a Like Page on Facebook. I am the only Thomax Green out there so I am hard to miss. If you type my name into the search engine on either Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com my two books will come right up for you.
The Shu is available at Amazon.