I have always been fascinated by ancient Rome, from the time I was in primary school and first got my hands on Asterix. This exacerbated when my parents took me on a trip to Rome and Italy – I whinged horribly when they dragged me to “yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling”, yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art.
A few years ago I randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair. I fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. When I decided to sit down and write a novel, the setting was clear in my mind.
Assaph grew up in Israel, where wherever you dig you’ll find historical relics from the dawn of civilisation. His favourite spot was the port of Jaffa, where layers of cultures could be dug down to the ancient Egyptians, and the many citadels remaining from the crusades and Ottomans. He now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he’s writing – he seems to do his best writing after midnight.
If you’re looking for media appearances, Assaph has given a few interviews. While these are normally linked through the blog as they appear, a few notable ones are the one for Mercedes Fox and P.A.W.S. 4 Thought – both with different angles an information. His interview with Mobilism about Digital Piracy has been controversial, and is well worth the read.
Lastly, he has written a set of tips from his initial foray into self-publishing, one that Lifehacker has decided to term “The Complete Guide to Writing Your First Novel“. A bit grandiose perhaps, but with sincere hopes it proves useful to aspiring and first-time authors.
If you wish to contact Assaph directly, he’d love to hear from you!