Monday, May 6, 2024

Interview With Author Harvey Minasian




1. What inspired you to write this book? My grandchildren, continually asking me science question and the fact that we need more scientists inspired me to write this book to encourage them to become scientists. 


2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?  The book is a brief light hearted educational science book with numerous illustrations aimed at 12-14 year olds.  It starts at the time of the Big Bang, onto the formation of the universe, solar system, our planet and the advent of life, evolution, humans and their behavior, going onto the near future and finally the far future.  My hope is to encourage youngsters to take up science as a career.


3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? A brief, yet a wide perspective of what the universe and we are all about.


4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?  The book takes the reader through a journey in time, from the beginning to the end, when the universe may cool to "nothingness or perhaps a singularity.  The cover shows two youngsters, about to embark on this journey. 


5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?     Everyone has at least one or two good stories in their head - try and get it out on paper.  Write with your heart, rather than adhere to traditional methods or protocols.


6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  Unavoidably, publishing will become more and more digital, but there are still so many people who would like to handle a printed book - like a companion to keep near them!!!I do think, talented unknown authors should be given more opportunities to publish.   


7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  During my career, I greatly enjoyed teaching and communicating with students.  Writing and publishing numerous scientific papers were also of help to convey information clearly and briefly in a way that would be interesting, fun, and easy for the students to assimilate.


8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?   This is a light-hearted educational book - difficult to describe a style, other than factual and educational in a fun way.  Maybe an unusual style in that following the text, illustrations with captions appear, as a reminder and "revision" for the reader to retain the memory of what they have learnt.  Can't think of any book that is similar.  


9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? Getting all the illustrations together and placing them in the best locations in the text.  The usual challenges of the changes needed in the manuscript - communicating with the publishers.


10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?    Because it is a brief illustrated "fun" book to read with the bonus of information as how the universe started, all that has and will happen to it until its demise and what life and our perception of it, is all about.  A wide perspective of "everything" important to us.   


About The Author: I am a recently retired Consultant Surgeon, based in the UK / London and have always had an interest in inspiring young people to take an interest in science and explore the subject. See this for more information:

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