Karl Thomson’s “A Russian in the American Army – WWII: The Fighting 4th Infantry.” This is the story of a young Russian boy brought to the United states in the early 1930’s. He came to love and embrace the U.S. as his home. As soon as he could, he joined the Mighty Fighting 4th U.S. infantry. In the Army he showed great promise. He landed on Utah Beach on D-day and continued fighting across France leading his men until the war’s end. Commanders put him into Army Intelligence. Sometimes bypassing the chain of command, he studied the battlefields and acted instinctively. He did not always wait for orders from above and made daring advances against German troops. He felt he understood the enemy. Throughout the war and beyond, Alex proved himself to be one of the smartest and most thorough fighters and intelligence figures among U.S. specialists.
Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!
Author Anton Venter is taking his latest book War of Dreams, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Anton to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Anton’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!
Luckily for us, Anton 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 War of Dreams.
OP: Tell us a little bit about War of Dreams. What is it about?
Anton: The book tells the story of a German teenager who rapidly comes of age during the Second World War. Alexander’s involuntary participation in the War is interwoven with settings, plots and real characters (including Nazi officials) that are described in many historical WW2 books.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Anton: More has been written about the Nazi regime than about ordinary Germans and how the Second World War affected their lives. Many of their stories will never be told. Although fiction, Alexander’s story is told as he rapidly grows into adulthood and becomes an involuntary cog in the wheels of the Nazi machine.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Anton: I self-published with Outskirts Press.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Anton: Readers who are interested in the Second World War, especially the Nazi regime. Readers who are interested in how events such as a world war influence the development of a teenager into a young man and how he has to deal with the traumatic effects of a war on himself and his family. Readers who find dreams interesting and look at ways of interpreting them.
OP: What is special about your book?
Anton: The main character, albeit mostly in the background, features in World War Two plots and settings that were real and based on thorough research. The character’s development and early adult life follow a timeline that is accurately aligned with that of the Second World War.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Anton: I had much inspiration from dreams. I recorded my dreams over a period of fifteen years. Many of them were about a character in the context of a world war and I enjoyed weaving these dreams into factual WW2 settings and scenarios.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Anton: No, I currently do not.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Anton: I plan to publish a follow-up in which the same character will feature. The setting will be the Cold War that followed the Second World War. Again, it will be inspired by dreams that I have continued recording since publishing War of Dreams.
OP: Thanks for your time, Anton! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anton Venter is a retired Information Technology professional doing freelance IT work in Cape Town, South Africa. He started writing as a hobby shortly before retiring and this is his first published novel.
This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.
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