As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market your self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, J.S.G. Gandeto, who is taking his latest book, The Theft of A King, on tour – a virtual tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Gandeto was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Theft of A King.



The Theft of A King book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Theft of A King. What is it about?

JSGG: The book centers on Alexander the Great and the Ancient Macedonians’ ethnicity. It elaborates on topics related to the differences between the ancient Macedonians and the ancient Greeks and attempts to dispel the modern notion – one originated in the 19th century and thereafter propagated by some western authors – that ancient Macedonians “were” Greeks. Also, in the book the reader will find glimpses of today’s dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece regarding the name of the Republic of Macedonia and what, in essence, lies hidden beneath this carefully orchestrated Greek problem. Readers will have a chance to get acquainted with modern-day Balkan politics where deep rooted historical intrigues, stereotyping and ingrained prejudices do justice for tolerance and rational thought.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

JSGG: My main objective was twofold: to bring to the forefront the differences between the ancient Macedonians and the ancient Greeks and to shed some light on much overlooked and, by some authors, largely ignored facts about the ethnicity of the ancient Macedonians. I could no longer stay silent in lieu of such incontrovertible evidence left to us from the ancient chronographers that clearly distinguished and separated the ancient Macedonians from the ancient Greeks. I felt compelled to respond to the blatant and dishonest manipulation of historical evidence in order to circumvent and subvert the universally declared human rights covenants and obligations that are second nature to most of the world but largely ignored by our Greek neighbors.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

JSGG: I would be happy if today’s younger generation gets a “whiff” of the twisted political winds in the Balkan and understand how distortions and manipulations of historical facts can be used for political gains.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

JSGG: What separates this book from other books in the same category is the blunt straight forward – no holds barred – attitude. There is no glossing over, no need to look for clues hidden in between the lines or sugar-coating politically incorrect terms. If I have perceived historical distortions being sold as fact, I have described them as lies; if unsupported of evidence claims are propagated as truths, I call them fabrications. If historical injustice has been committed, I find no acceptable reason to remain silent regardless of socio-political consequences. Conscience compels me to act and stand against all social injustices.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

JSGG: Yes, I have. In 2002 I published The Ancient Macedonians – Differences between the Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks, One Golden Ray upon the Rock, a novel in 2005 and The Wolves of Trapper’s Bluff in 2007.

I most certainly will continue to write.

OP: Thanks for your time, Gandeto! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!



J.S.G. Gandeto was born in Lubojno, Macedonia. Educated at Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He immigrated to United States and continued his studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and Nova South-Eastern University in Fourth Lauderdale, Florida where he received his post graduate degrees. He recently completed his 29th year as an educator and has since retired and is continuing to pursue his passion in writing. In 2002 he published his first book Ancient Macedonians: Differences between Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks. In 2005, he published the romantic novels One Golden Ray upon the Rock and in 2007, The Wolves of Trappers Bluff. In the Macedonian Language he has published the following novels: Spasa’s Light in 2004, Saraf in 2009 and Rosamarina’s Grave in 2010. Currently, he is preparing for publication his latest novel Folded Impressions.

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