Dark Guardian: Legends Now Available

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Dear Friend,

I am excited to announce that the 3rd full novel of the Dark Guardian Series is now available! The book is available in both PRINT and EBOOK formats.

If you would like to check out more information regarding this novel, you can do so HERE. Although this 3rd novel wraps up Ethan’s original arc that began in the first novel, this 3rd book can be read and understood without having to read the previous installments (although the other two are great reads in my opinion).

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the novel! If you get a copy and are in the Brazoria County/Houston area, please let me know and I’d be honored to sign it for you! As always, I appreciate your continued support of my writings. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions 🙂

Your friend,
Ammar
ahabibwr@yahoo.com

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Start of My Dream

Whenever I’m at a book signing, speaking engagement, or any type of author event, the most frequent question I’m asked is how I got a publisher to pick up my first novel (Dark Guardian) when I was 20-years old back in 2013. There’s actually a pretty nice story behind it.

I’ve always loved to write and it’s been a dream of mine since I was 7-years-old to be a New York Times Bestselling Author. During the summer before my sophomore year of college, I got the idea for my first full length novel. I began planning it out, and by September 2012, I embarked on the journey of writing it. It was an superhero/action/thriller story. I loved the characters so much that by December 2012, I’d written out the 400 page book. Before I had even finished writing the novel, I decided that I wanted to share it with the world.

There was only one slight problem: I had literally no idea on how the industry worked. After a little research, I discovered that a good first step would be to start contacting literary agents in the hopes of having one of them pick it up. Using various resources, I wrote out a list consisting of a couple hundred agents who represented my novel’s genre. By mid-January 2013, I had written out my cover letter and was ready to send it out. This would be a cinch, wouldn’t it?

I’m not a very arrogant or egotistical person—although I’m sure there are people who will disagree with that—but one thing I’ve always been confident about is my writing ability. I was under the presumption that the first agent to read the book would love it and pick it up. So I decided to send the first letter out to the best agent I could find—the agent of the Harry Potter series. That was over three and a half years ago. I have yet to hear back from them, so I’m sure it’s a safe bet that they’re not interested!

I soon made the habit of sending out two or three letters a day. In no too long of a timespan, I had compiled ten rejection letters. Then the ten became twenty, twenty became thirty, thirty became forty, and forty became fifty. Before I knew it, I had a hundred rejection letters by the end of March. But one of the biggest things my parents had taught me through their own actions and words was that you don’t quit what you start and that if you want something bad enough, you can always find a way to make it happen.

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This is something I learned in sports. I played American football from 7th grade through 12th grade. I was always the smallest and slowest kid on the team—which is a horrible combination in football. But the best thing my dad did is that he never let me quit, even when it got tough. Instead, he taught me to always be the hardest working kid on the team. And even though I was a backup for the first 5 years of playing football, it earned me the respect of my coaches and teammates. Halfway through my last year of playing, the hard work paid off when my coach named me the starter.

I looked at this no different. If I kept going at it and didn’t quit, I knew I’d find a home for my novel. I kept up the habit of sending two or three letters a day. By June, I was at 200 rejection letters. The thing that frustrated me the most at this point was that not a single agent had even read my novel. They were rejecting it at face value. I don’t know if it was my young age, inexperience, or something else that was making them wary.

By this time, I had run out of agents on my list, so I had to go and add names to it. By the time I was at 250 rejections, I came across a medium-sized publisher that didn’t require authors to have an agent in order to speak to them. I sent them my cover letter and after a few weeks, I got a response from them asking to see my novel. I sent them the novel on a Monday evening. 23 hours later, I got an email from them offering me a contract! I guess my theory about the first person to look at the book loving it was true!

All put together, I received 302 rejections. So in hindsight, was it the easiest thing in the world to do? No. Was it always fun to get rejections? Heck no. But was it rewarding? Well, let’s look at the results. The novel came out and had the best opening week in the history of the publisher to that date. It ended up being the second highest seller for the publisher’s 2014 year. Its success led to the publisher greenlighting a series (the second book came out in February 2017 and the third is releasing November 2017). I’ve also had another novel outside of this series published. And now, I DO have an AMAZING agent who I’ve been working with since August 2016!

So, I’d say it was worth it. Chasing any dream is always worth it even if other people can’t see it at the time. I grew as a person. I learned what I was made of. But most of all, I earned my own self-respect.

The thing that I find humorous is when people tell me how lucky I was. There wasn’t any luck involved, in my opinion. It was persistence, self-esteem, and faith that really made it happen. The most rewarding thing about all of this is that now I am closer to my childhood dream than ever before. I can see the path to it and will continue striving forward until it becomes a reality! And now, whenever I meet any aspiring authors, I can tell them with full faith and encouragement that if I could make it, so can they!


Ammar Habib is a bestselling and award winning author who was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining, but will also stay with the reader for a long time. Ammar presently resides in his hometown with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans. He draws his inspiration from his family, imagination, and the world around him. Ammar is currently continuing to further his writing career. 

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David Fielding: Iconic Actor and Author

Hello, friends! Today I have the honor of interviewing David Fielding! David is a man of many talents, being both an actor and writer. David’s best known role is as the iconic Zordon on Mighty Morphan Power Rangers. As a writer, he has several published novels, and has also written for some anthologies.

I actually met David a couple of years back in 2015 at Houston’s Comicpalooza. It was my first time at any type of con, and I was invited their as a panelist for different literature panels. I can attest that David is an extremely genuine gentleman. He took his time with each and every fan that came to see him, something not seen in all actors/writers. It was a great learning experience for me, since I was a very new and young writer at the time.

To learn more about David, you can check out his social medias below:

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Alright! So let’s move on to some questions.

1) What made you decide to go into acting?

I grew up reading books about adventure and myths, and then comic books dealing with heroes and I watched a lot of adventure and sci-fi films as well. I knew I wanted to be a part of those things and so in high school I began taking drama and acting classes. Once I graduated I sought out other acting programs, studied Shakespeare and other playwrights and auditioned for and acted in as many stage productions as I could. There is no better teacher than actually being on stage and having to bring the words and the character to life.

2) With your background in acting, what made you start writing as well? Were there any particular books/events/people that inspired you to start writing?

I started writing early on, making up my own comic books or stories I could read to my family at Christmas time. In High School I began playing D&D and a number of other role-playing games and so had to learn the dramatic structure of how to tell a story. I read a lot of books on writing and the type of books I was interested in writing and I continued to make notes or jot down ideas all through college. Several types of books influenced me to become a writer – pulp novels were a big influence, books of two-fisted heroes that meted out their own brand of vigilante justice – characters like Doc Savage, The Spider, The Shadow and Conan the Barbarian. I also read a lot of Stephen King and his book “On Writing’ is probably one of the best books I’ve read on what it’s like to be a writer.

3) Do you find that being an actor helps you be a better writer or vice versa?

I think they influence each other greatly – they are two sides of the same coin. Both require an understanding of character and motivation, as well as being able to negotiate obstacles in order to tell a story or achieve a goal. Writing allows you to put words in a character’s mouth, acting allows you the chance to interpret those words, to bring them to life.

4) What is your writing process? Is it a set process or more fluid? 

I know that many authors have a routine – they get up and write for four hours straight or they set aside a certain amount of time to lock themselves away and write – I’m not that disciplined. I write in fits and starts and sometimes will spend an entire day writing a bit here and there. Sometimes I’ll get a good streak going and write steadily for a few hours. But mostly I write when I make myself – I should shut of the internet and not turn it back on, that might allow me to write more without distractions.

5) What advice do you have for new/aspiring writers?

Write. Sit yourself down, take pen or pencil in hand or open up a document on your computer and WRITE. It doesn’t have to be good. In fact, it won’t be at first. It will be terrible. But keep going. Keep writing. Put one word down and then the next and the next and the next. KEEP WRITING. You will get better. If you wait for the right time, or the right piece of paper or the right idea, you’ll miss all the other ones that could’ve been allowed to flow through your fingers if only you had started. So WRITE. Every day if you can – five words, ten, twenty or two hundred. Just keep at it.

6) Where do you draw your inspiration? Is it more internal inspiration or external? 

My inspiration comes from a lot of different sources. Most times they are external, like seeing an object or an action play out in front of me (two people arguing or a car almost having a collision) and that will spark a scene or an idea. Other times it is internal, I’ll just be mulling over something and my mind will paint a picture and I’ll have to jot it down before I forget it. Sometimes a news article or a science journal piece will spark an idea. I write under the umbrella of what is called speculative fiction – a ‘what if” genre. What if steampunk was real? What if magic is real and is used by people every day? What if your neighbor is an time traveling alien? I write paranormal stories, pulp stories, science fiction and fantasy, and so my inspiration comes from all of those things that interest me. In many ways, being a writer allows you continue to stay engaged with the magic of making things real through the power of words.

7) What drew you into your genres? 

They are all the things I have loved since childhood, and so I can’t say I ever really left them. I was drawn to them at an early age and never really left them behind!

8) What project have you enjoyed working on the most?

I’m not sure I have a favorite – all of them have their good points and their bad points, and when I am working on them I’m focused on trying to do the best I can. I enjoy writing most of all though because I really enjoy it when readers get what I’m writing about, when they understand and respond, that let’s me know I’ve been able to entertain and take them on a journey.

9) What is the deciding factor on whether or not to pursue a project? 

If it excites or motivates me. I have to believe that there is value to it. If its just for giggles then there is no real reason to put effort into it – if however it is something that moves or touches other people, then it is worth it. We are all here to learn and understand and to share as much as possible, so that others than come after us will be able to know and understand something about us.

 

Thank you for the interview, David! The insight into your writing process is amazing. Your comment on how acting and writing are two sides of the same coin was an interesting point, and lends a view on how being creative in one area can assist you in the other. It was also interesting to hear how your writing process is not too structured. As a creature of habit myself, it’s always interesting to hear about less structured writers in terms of process. I appreciate you taking the time to answer all these questions!

I am sure you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did! Please feel free to leave a comment below on your thoughts.

-Ammar