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Varak Kaloustian: 20-Year-old Published Science Fiction/Fantasy Author

I have been writing ever since I was seven years old.

I began my writing journey with comic books, but every time I tried writing a book, I just couldn't do it. That is, until a year long sixth grade project gave me the experience I needed to start my writing career.

I published my first full-length high-octane science fiction fantasy novel at 15 years old, and ever since then, I've published one book every two years, in addition to being a full-time student.

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  • The novel-writing process and the inspiration to start writing
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  1.  What inspired you to write The Legend of V?
     A: Many things. I like space a lot, and more than half of the series takes place in a   place that isn’t Earth.   Also, Egypt plays a pivotal role in "The Solar System’s   Prophecies" because I was fascinated by it in 6th grade history.   These two things   have something in common - there is a lot of unknown information about them.
     For example, no one knows for sure how King Tut died.  I give an explanation in   the novel.   There are also many moral messages that I wished to implement into   the story because in the book, the main character discovers who he is on this   journey to the galaxy.

  2.  How long did it take you to write each book?
     A: For "The Solar System’s Prophecies", counting the rough draft that I scrapped,   four years.   For "Triangle Corruption" and "Psycho Star Showdown", two years   each.

  3.  What are your books about?
     A: "The Solar System’s Prophecies" is about a young boy named V who has his   family kidnapped by an alien who looks like him, named Vizor.   Six years later, he   finds a lead, and in his quest to find Vizor and his family, V finds that much bigger   forces are at play, like the Solar Prophecies, Dark Spirit, and Unbound Evil.   "Triangle Corruption" is about V teaming up with Vizor because Vizor has amnesia,   and the Devil, the Unbound Evil, and Vizor’s father are threatening to destroy both   their worlds. "Psycho Star Showdown" is about a long-lost military project that   aimed to infuse ordinary people with mutant abilities. After 10 years of not hearing   anything about it, the US government gets a warning that the mutants might be   lurking in space, so they send V to the center of the Milky Way to investigate.

  4.  What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start writing?
     A: Write whatever is on your mind, and do it a lot. Start off writing a few pages at   a time, and then expand as your ideas begin to grow and develop.   Do not be   scared  of failure because, trust me, you will fail in the beginning.   Use it as a   learning experience.   Also, write down your ideas somewhere, physically or   electronically, just in case you forget some of them.   Every last idea counts in   writing.

  5.  When did you start writing?
     A: I started to write at about the age of seven.   At the time, I wouldn’t write   extensively.   I would write six to seven page comic books, with illustrations, about   any idea that came to my head.
Summary of Expert Credentials:
  • Attended several writer's conferences in CA, from San Francisco to San Diego.
  • Published a science fiction trilogy by the age of 19. 
  • Attending Woodbury University for a BA in Filmmaking.
  • California Writer's Club former publicity co-manager.
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