Dark Guardian: Legends Now Available


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,


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.


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. 

Picture Book Contract

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. I am excited to share some good news. Yesterday, I signed a contract with a Texas-based publisher in regards to a children’s picture book I wrote.

The current name of the picture book is MOST BUNNIES HOP, BUT SOME BUNNIES FLY. It is a young bunny’s tale of self discovery as he tries to discover why he cannot hop like the other rabbits.


There is no release date for the book as of right now. However, I will keep you updated as the project progresses! This is my first picture book to ever write (let alone get published), so I am sure it’ll be a fun experience. The next steps will be editing the manuscript as well as getting the artwork done.

Thank you for your continued support of my writings! I truly appreciate it!

Your friend,


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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David Fielding

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.


Interview with Author Aaron Dawbot

Hello, friends! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author Aaron Dawbot. Aaron is a writer and a physician, a cardiologist to be exact. Originally from the United Kingdom, Aaron currently resides in Bucharest with his family.

After attaining a successful career as a cardiologist by the age of 33, Aaron decided to shift his energy into something he always identified with: fiction.

When he is not working, Aaron enjoys writing multi-genre stories. Aaron is currently working on the Thomas Arsen Series, a paranormal, suspense mystery saga. I have personally read Aaron’s first book, and can definitely say it’s an entertaining read and a great first novel!

If you’d like to check Aaron out on social media or learn more about his works, you can do so through these sites:

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Alright! So let’s get to some questions!


1) Were there any particular books/events that inspired you to start writing?

What I can say is that there are many, but if I had to pinpoint one book that stood out from all, then it would be Space Odyssey 2001. It was the first time I sensed a deep connection with a mind that wasn’t my own. After that, the reading bug caught on, and slowly, I was immersed in the world of fiction. I discovered a great delight in crafting stories of my own.


2) What is your writing background?

I would summarize my writing background, as quite short and humble. I worked so hard to finish medical school and had been working as a physician for more than a decade. My residency took all my time and energy. However, two years ago, I got my specialty in cardiology, which made my schedule much easier. I took a job in a private clinic. Since then, I write whenever I find time and silence. Even between patients. I have written 13 short stories, a novel and two other ongoing projects. It is a slow and steady process, but I enjoy the growth.


3) What is your writing process? Is it a set process or more fluid? What inspires you?

We all have a natural inclination to be pantsters, but after reading from several professionals, I had to adopt a more contrived process. First, I get an idea and let it sit for a while. Then, I outline the sequence of events and let the  threads entwine to a more coherent narrative. It takes a week or too. After that, I write the first draft, scene by scene, in the same time I allow the story to flourish and unfold, many things change along the way.

 As for inspiration, I find ideas in almost anything, but movies have more of an impact because of the short span, which gives you a complete perspective in a relative condensed bracket of time. My second source of inspiration is music.


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

 Never give up, never give up, the reward is in the work. Never settle, almost try to outreach for greatness, and take pride in whatever you achieve. Writers are refined thinkers; we have the talent to mold people’s emotions and thoughts. Harness that talent.


5) Do you draw inspiration from pop culture (TV Shows, Video Games, Movies, etc), and if so, which ones?

As I mentioned earlier, yes, I do, who doesn’t. My first book Bleeding Cross was a hybrid between Constantine and Supernatural. But the greatest trigger for me to start writing was Doctor Who, as it delivers a world of unfathomable reaches to explore, imaginative avenues to discuss, multicolored themes. Yesterday I saw Blade runner 2049, and it gave me a dozen of ideas for Dystopian Sci-Fi premises.


6) What drew you to your genres in general?

Every genre has its unique appeal and serves a certain process in your psyche. Horror for instance has always fascinated me, due to my interest in the paranormal. Fantasy hooks me by its quaint simple worlds and sense of adventure. Science fiction, however, is more of a philosophical discussion. I always wonder about fictional scenarios; science fiction gets me there and allows me to experience all the “what if’s”.


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

Every last project becomes my favorite. The book that I am currently editing is called Wicked Faith. I had a blast in making it, as if it had a mind of it own. It started as somewhat of a vague concept, then it evolved miraculously to the beast it is right now. I hope everyone will enjoy it.


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

It has to strike an urge within you. Every writer is also an avid reader. So before pursuing a project, ask yourself: Does your audience need it? What does the story speak to you? Would you enjoy it if it was written by someone else?

Thank you for the lovely interview, Aaron! It was great getting to learn a bit about your unique writing process, especially how you transitioned from a more “fly by your pants” approach and into a more constructed approach. I hope everyone reading enjoyed learning about Aaron as much as I did.



Role of Themes In Fiction


Is a story without a message a story at all?

As a novelist and writer with several works published, I often like to discuss and meditate on what makes a story successful. What makes a story stand out above the rest? Although there are a plethora of components needed to a create successful story, one critical pillar of any story is its theme, or message, and that is what I aim to briefly touch upon in this article.

Themes are a very interesting aspect of writing. My writing philosophy is that fiction writing should be used to improve the world. To do this, books should have messages that the reader can learn from or ponder over long after they have put the book down. When putting a story together, I like to first come up with the messages that I hope to pass onto the reader. Every work of fiction, whether intentionally or unintentionally, has a message that it gives to the reader. Even if the author writes their book strictly to entertain, the reader will get a message out of it typically based on the plot and/or characters’ arcs.

Novels normally have more than one message. There are typically one or two main messages that the story as a whole conveys, and then there are several other smaller messages that appear in parts of the story. For example, in my first novel, Dark Guardian, the major themes I had in mind as I wrote it are about redemption and self-forgiveness. However, in parts of the story, there are messages about the power of love, letting go of the past, and freedom.

In my second novel, Memories of My Future, the core theme is the responsibility people have to use their gifts to make the world a better place. However, other themes that are prevalent throughout certain parts of the book include the power of coexistence, importance of education, living without fear, and the difference one bold voice can make. In both these examples, the themes form the story’s pillars, and the plot is woven around these pillars to convey the message.

I am not arguing that every novel has a world-changing message. Many authors do write to simply entertain, without wanting to pass along anything meaningful. However, even when authors do not intend to put messages in their story, many times themes are still laced into the story unintentionally due to the audience’s interpretations of plot and characters. I am also not arguing that a novel’s theme takes precedence over plot, characters, or writing style. Without the latter pillars, readers won’t go very far into the story before putting it down. What I am saying is that without a theme, a novel is lacking a major pillar of what makes writing great. Plot and characters are what draws a reader into the story. Themes are what stay with a reader long after they’ve finished the book.

One thing I learned from interacting with bestselling and award winning authors at different book signings and panels is that when conveying a theme to the reader, you can’t hit them in the face with it. Nobody wants to be preached and lectured to. In this day and age, writers have to be subtle when conveying a message to the reader. Show it, don’t tell it. Readers should see it through the setting, character arcs, plot points, symbols, etc. The first thing a book needs to have is that the story needs to be captivating enough to keep the reader engaged and make them dive into the story’s world. The theme then needs to be tactfully woven into the story. This can be a tricky thing to do sometimes, requiring planning, patience, and a second-pair of eyes in many cases. Another great way to learn how to convey themes is to read other writings and learn from them. Personally, I read many works not for entertainment, but to study different writing techniques and learn from different authors.

And the interesting thing about themes is that at times, different readers can get completely different messages from the same book. For example, I have had some people tell me that from Dark Guardian they got the message of ‘redemption’ while other have told me that they main message they received was a ‘good triumphs over evil’ theme. And even still, some have told me that they received a message of ‘choices’ or a message of ‘one-man’s worth’ from the book.

An example I like to use to further illustrate this point is Harry Potter. Some people read the Harry Potter series and get the message of the ‘power of friendship’. Other read it and receive the message of ‘good vs. evil’. And still some get the message of ‘destiny’. Even though they all read the same book series, they all get different things out of it.

This is the beautiful think about themes. Based on where people are in their lives, the context of when they read the work, and components of their personal lives that may influence their interpretation of the work, they will receive different things from the story. Often times if we read a book and then re-read it years later, we receive completely different messages from the story because we are at different points in our lives. This is something that I’ve experienced in reading many of Og Mandino’s famous works, especially two of his better known works, The Greatest Miracle in the World & The Choice. When people tell me that they read my novel, I always love to ask people what message they got out of it. Sometimes the answers blow me away because their perceived interpretation of it is something I never even intended (and here I’m the one that wrote the story)!

Although writers cannot often control or predict what every single reader will get out of a story, what authors can control is what kind of a message they put into it. Will it be a message that will make an impact and help make the world a better place? Or will it be one that the reader will forget when they put the book down? Because making the world a better place is what writing is really all about. As Tom Stoppard once said, “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” Using words properly and efficiently can build powerful messages in writings, and the authors that aim to do this are the ones that stand the test of time.

What are your thoughts on the role of themes in fiction? Are they critical to a story’s impact on readers? Or do you believe that I am making them more important than they actually are? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!

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. To learn more about Ammar, please visit www.ammarahsenhabib.com.