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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

THE TOWN OF MOHABA - Fantasy Novel Series with Science Fiction


"The Town of Mohaba" - Fantasy Novel Series with Science Fiction

In the first volume of my fiction series, “The Town of Mohaba,” I deliver fantasy. There is a start of science fiction when I begin the story of the sister souls and the dragons’ power to enter the mirrors. I have always been fascinated by the ideology of past, present, and future. To travel through time, in my first volume, the concept is fantasy based more than science. However, the creation of the mirror souls opened the door for my fantasy to begin transforming into science fiction as well as fantasy. This began at the end of my second volume moving towards the third book. It would be a juggle of the two, but I am eagerly working on my second series to introduce science fiction scenes.

Interestingly, in the first volume, I was driven by my curiosity about life after death, reincarnation, and spirituality. The foundation of the story is based on these subjects. My main character, death, along with Buddha, the wise spiritual warrior, journey with re-incarnated beings to fill in the mystery pieces of the story in the continuing volumes. However, I am excited to add an element of science fiction to my book. This is because I wondered about the future just as much as I wondered about life after death. To be able to create my own version of the future that is advanced with technology is the most gratifying part of me writing the second volume, “Fatem’s Prophecy Quest.” Buy the first volume, “Death” before the second one comes out in 2018.

 

Nazanin Marzban, Sci-fi/Fantasy Author of the Novel Series, "The Town of Mohaba"
   

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Secret to Overcoming Writer's Block

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The Secret to Overcoming Writer's Block

I had to learn this the hard way. Four years ago, I ended up in the hospital. They found something in my brain. It was too deep for neurologists to risk going in. The first thing that happens with brain trauma is that you lose balance. This is a physical balance but of course, it would make sense that if you cannot balance your body that perhaps you cannot balance your mind. There are lots that are happening inside your brain. The surrounding nerves are trying to take on the function of the damaged nerve. 

I was in the midst of writing my series when this happened to me. Before the injury, I was having the best days of my life. I had a balanced life, mind, and body. My creativity was functioning at its maximum. I had been practicing yoga for three years. And, I had reached that mediated state of mind that nothing and no one could distract or break me. During one of my yoga lessons, the instructor advised, "Plant your dream seed. When it is ready, it will grow. If it is not ready, it will not grow." 

I planted my dream seed. In that state of mediated mind, I prayed, "I wish I could sit and finally finish that book that I always wanted to write." In no time, 5 months later, my dream seed started to grow. The story, "The Town of Mohaba" came rushing. I continued practicing yoga and more so while writing. It had become a ritual. I would go to yoga after work. It helped me empty my mind. I would become present and wrote without losing my focus. 

The Logic Behind Writer's Block

Writers feel blocked because they cannot concentrate. Perhaps, distracted by other things in their life. From my experience, writer's block is an unbalanced mind lacking concentration. It is an occupied mind. If a writer can achieve being present then logically there would be no blocks. It is that simple. For this reason, I recommend yoga. The essence of yoga is to bring you into the present. It fuels your body and mind with balance. 

It is impossible to not be present while breathing in and out holding your yoga poses. The many of the yoga positions require you to hold without losing balance. This requires a huge amount of concentration. You are breathing in and out. You are also holding poses that are difficult and require your attention. Your mind is shut. You cannot think of anything else. When you are in the moment, nothing is a distraction. Therefore, there is nothing that is blocking your mind to write. Your writer's block is cured with yoga.

Yoga and Balance

What yoga essentially does for you is that it relaxes your mind. It gives your mind a break and a balance that your body needs. Unfortunately, our bodies can't speak for themselves or they would ask you for meditation or yoga. Although I had imagined one hour a day would take so much time away from my writing, the one-hour commitment was the reason I was able to finish my drafts faster and stay focused on the book. If you take too much time away from your writing then the story is not as natural. That is why I recommend yoga to help you beat your writer's blocks. This way, you can continue doing what you are good at and that is to make your stories flow.

Let's rewind my brain injury 4 years ago. The biggest pain of my life was to give up yoga. I couldn't balance my right side of the body. I suffered and still have many symptoms like sensitivity to light and horrible migraines. Nothing has changed, the scar is still there. But, with some years passed, the surrounding nerves have taken on the function of the damaged nerve. I can balance much better now.

I wanted to blog about this topic on writer's block today because today was my second day that I went to yoga and unlike 4 years ago, my body can now balance. I am not always well. I suffer right side weakness but to be able to do yoga when I'm well is a miracle. Today, after a long time, I felt like I am back to where I belong. Paying attention to me. It has been a very difficult few year coping with my brain symptoms.

If you haven't thought about yoga, give it a try. You may not see the effect in the first couple of classes. You are learning the poses and how to breathe properly. But, once you master it within few lessons, you will not want to go without mediating, relaxation or yoga as part of your daily routine. Think of its benefits: A free therapy. If you wish, you can practice it at home and not even pay for any classes. There are plenty of Yoga lessons that you can find on YouTube. 

The yoga place that I enjoyed most used to be far from my home. But, last year, I moved closer. For one year, I would pass by and remember those good old days. I thought that I would never be able to do yoga. The yoga place is now across the street from my home. I don't have to drive there. This means that it will only take me 10 minutes with a quick shower to return to my computer and continue writing my series. I like to conclude with a quote. Feel free to contact me via social media or e-mail. And like and follow me on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetownofmohaba/

"Those who can control their mind and not their mind control them will always be the ones who will win in this life." 

- Nazanin Marzban  
Author of, "The Town of Mohaba" Vol. 1 "Death" Available Worldwide





Sunday, November 26, 2017

26 Giorni




26 Giorni (Italian Edition)


Nelle librerie ed in tutti i negozi online, dal 30 Novembre 2017.
Il nuovo libro di F. Guzzardi, pubblicato per Hoffmann  & Hoffmann, e` un romanzo in bilico fra un saggio esoterico ed un sogno. 
Ambientato a New York, il narratore di questo sogno e` uno scrittore francese, Jean Luc Dupuy, il quale si trovera`, spinto dalla curiosita` di conoscere le verita celate di un vecchio libro esoterico, in uno scenario di ingannevoli figure che attraverseranno la sua vita per il tempo di un insegnamento. Sullo sfondo di una New York notturna e romantica, si incroceranno le vite di alcuni esseri, senza nessuna apparente affinita`, che cambieranno per sempre la vita di Jean.
"Da bambino ascoltavo i rumori delle maree, abitavamo a Nizza. A volte mio padre mi portava a pescare e non prendevamo mai niente, tanto che ben presto cominciai a domandarmi perché mi portasse sugli scogli a pescare d’inverno. Finché una volta mi decisi a chiederglielo e lui mi rispose ridendo: Se stai in silenzio per dieci minuti, forse lo capirai!"
Ed un giorno provai a farlo, fu il giorno della sua morte. Andai da solo nel solito posto dove andavamo a pesca, avevo diciotto anni, e mi sedetti sullo scoglio dove andavamo d’abitudine. Chiusi gli occhi e regolai il respiro in maniera ritmica, fino ad arrivare a provare una calma assoluta. Rimasi ad ascoltare il suono delle maree e mi parve di sentire voci e musica, e poi lontane voci e lontane musiche. Ripercorsi la mia giovane vita nell’arco di pochi minuti. Poi i ricordi riportarono indietro la voce di mio padre e le sue risate, la sua schiuma da barba, e tutto ciò che era penetrato nei pori della mia anima. Persino i suoi dischi preferiti e le danze con mia madre. Pensai a come la vita sia inutilmente vana, senza senso, malgrado tutti i nostri sforzi per inventarne uno… uno a caso che non faccia troppo male.

26 giorni, il tempo per ritrovare l' Io piu` profondo e ristabilire l' esatto senso delle cose che ognuno di noi ha perso nascendo.



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE TOWN OF MOHABA - Author's Book Signing at Indigo Bookstore


"The Town of Mohaba" Author's Book Signing

The Canadian author Nazanin Marzban's wonderful mythical tale has been called the next 'Harry Potter'. The fictional tale of love, lust, and loss has captured the minds of publishers around the globe. Nazanin was interviewed in Hollywood by a Comedian and TV Host, Tehran (@IAmTehran) as seen on FOX. The fantasy author signed the release of her first novel, "Death" at Indigospirit Bookstore in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. The book is the first volume of her novel series, "The Town of Mohaba" which has been published by Hoffmann and Hoffmann since July of 2017.

Interview Following Our Author's Book Signing Event

Nazanin described her signing experience at one of Canada's most reputable bookstores, Indigo, as, "Simply unforgettable." She further explained that it was one of the best days of her life. She had imagined this day all her life. And, to actually reach the milestone of becoming recognized as an author is something that she will cherish for years to come. When she was asked, "What should we expect from you from now onward?" Nazanin responded with a smile, "To deliver as many volumes of my novel as I can to keep my readers satisfied." She continued, "I get pleasure from making my fans longing for my next series. Ideally, I would like to challenge myself to make this book a life-long commitment." She shared that she is currently writing the young adult version. We were surprised to hear this. We asked if there will be other versions. Nazanin did not want to spoil the surprise but with confidence, she shared, "I have another version already. One is in my head. I keep censuring it when I am writing the volumes for young readers. I have highlighted them. I will be re-visiting them to include the entire scene when and if my fans ask for the adult one." She further explained, "Of course, adult readers can guess what happens." She paused and then said, "There is a beauty in that." 

We became curious what the author, Nazanin Marzban, meant by the beauty of censuring her stories. She clarified, "The adults can imagine and create their own fantasies. It is beautiful in that way." Nazanin didn't want to confuse, she tried to further clarify, "Unlike 'Harry Potter' my plot runs based on a deep-rooted love story. It will be difficult to not go into details if and when there are any romantic segments. I hope that my readers will be satisfied with the censured version as my goal is to have my book read by readers of all ages." 

What Readers Can Expect Next

We moved to what the readers can expect next from our author. Nazanin mentioned that in her first book she focused on introducing the characters. Now, she is ready to place them into action. She wishes to get the message out that she intentionally didn't allow her first book to reach a climax. She wanted her readers to long for a second part. Nazanin further shared, "I have planned the plot for 'The Town of Mohaba' until the end of the story; therefore, in each volume, I have carefully planned for a climax." She ended the conversation with this moving statement, "'The Town of Mohaba' has been part of my world for a long time. Now, it is ready to be part of my reader's world."

For more, follow Nazanin's story on: http://Facebook.com/TheTownOfMohaba. Find out about her upcoming five-star book events by checking her book series website for updates and subscribe to: https://www.nazaninmarzban.com