“Inspiration inspires inspiration.”
My dear friend Allen Goldblatt penned that line on behalf of Mike Curb who, supposedly,wrote liner notes for “Music from 2001: A Space Odyssey Vol 2.” This was inspired by inspirational music heard on the original film soundtrack Well, of course. If vol 2 didn’t exist, it would prove that the first LP was not inspirational. What has this to do with Pakistan, or people loving me there? Plenty, my book reading fan base, plenty.
The #1 hot-shot author, media master and marketing expert in Pakistan is Mian Moshin Zia. I don’t know how Mian found my work, my books or this blog, but we know he did, and he found inspiration for his own career while reading about my life and my career — most especially a blog post I wrote, entitled The Day my Father Apologized.
He went so far as to contact me from Pakistan, and ask my sage advice on writing, reaching the international market, and other topics on which I was more than willing to pontificate as if I knew what I was talking about. Also, I could easily see that Mian had incredible drive, talent, imagination and the proven chops in marketing to make his dreams become a reality — and damn if he didn’t follow my advice to the letter! Wow, if I had known I gave such good advice I wouldn’t have been ignoring me all these years.
Today, Milan Moshin Zia is an internationally respected and admired author of suspense, mystery, and true love romance novels that pluck at your heartstrings until your ventricles collapse!
Here is his latest book and the book trailer….notice how Mian has mastered the cinematic presentation — the book cover looks like a movie one-sheet, not a book cover.
Obviously I am proud of Mian’s success, and he’s just getting warmed up. He is a quick study, a dedicated artist, and a bit of a visionary. Nice guy, too. Plus, in interviews, he always says nice things about me. Hey, can’t beat that!