Thursday, September 17, 2015

Alessandro Ashanti

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Age: 46

Question:  How long have you been writing?

   Since the age of 9.

Question:  What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published? 

   This is my first book published.  "Full Circle: Lessons Learned on the Martial Path"

Question:  Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

   I self-published through Amazon Createspace.

Question:  Can a person still buy this book?  If so, where?

    Can be purchased from

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Question:  Any future writing projects in the works?  If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.

   Yes, the next book will actually be a historical look at the ancient art of sword fighting focusing on the Philippine Islands.  I’m considering telling this in a fictional context but I’m still in the research phase.

Question:  What is the title of your current book, and tell us a little about it.

   "Full Circle: Lessons Learned on the Martial Path".  It’s a martial arts philosophy book based upon my experiences as a lifelong practitioner and teacher.

Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books?

   This book is in the tradition of The Book of Five Rings and the Art of War as a martial text.  Not that it is the same style of book or writing but rather is uses the experience of the martial arts as parable for one’s daily living.  You don’t’ have to be a martial artist to enjoy this book as it is written for the layperson all the way to the Grandmaster.

Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers? 

   Yes, the book is a collection of essays, articles, social media postings, and other ramblings original to the book.  It’s all tied together in one narrative.

BLOG WRITER'S NOTE TO AUTHOR: Your book sounds like you've put quite a lot of information about the martial arts; as well as being a martial artist, and it affect on your own personal life.  

I also find it interesting that you live in Phoenix, Arizona, because I do as well.  Good luck with your future writing, and thank you for the interview.

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