Friday, May 28, 2021

Toka-Ace #1 Tabula-Rasa



Tahir Kashif
Toka-Ace #1 Tabula-Rasa

Assassinations, stealth, and infiltration. Unit Nine is a living weapon and the best at what he does. When he’s assigned to recover a missing bioweapon and hundreds of millions in stolen money, he never expects the mystery to put him face to face with his past mistakes or force him to make a pivotal choice.

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I've loved writing ever since I was a little boy. I got my start writing comics in middle school.


What inspired you to author this book?

The thing that inspired me to write this book was the idea of detachment. What if someone with superpowers was just plopped into the world and had to figure things out with little to no context? How would that person turn out? What would their ethics look like? Their political leanings, thus forth and so?


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


The front cover is a preview of a fight in the book and represents Troy's thoughts weighing on him.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


I would say KA Applegate and her series Animorphs. I read it at a young age, and it explored some pretty mature themes. I appreciated the fact that it didn't talk down to a young audience and trusted them to handle some mature and dark themes.


What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


I self-published a couple of Toka-Ace books a few years ago before completely reworking the series into what it is today.



Tell your readers about your book.


Toka-Ace #1 is the first in the Toka-Ace series.

Unit Nine has to investigate the disappearance of a bio-weapon and a massive amount of money. During the course of the mystery, he discovers a grander conspiracy. He's confronted with the very idea of who he is and in the heat of a deadly battle, forced to make a life-altering choice.


Who is your target audience, and why?


My target audience is teens and young adults. (But really anyone) I think that is the age where people are trying to figure themselves out and I think the main character is right there with them in doing so.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


My greatest success is my writing and other artistic expressions. Without making this too long, during my lifetime I've seen people wait until retirement to do something they've always wanted to do. That or they deny who they truly are. The fact that I'm striving to do something I'm passionate about means that I haven't let the rigors of life get me down. In my eyes that's success.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


I'm honestly not sure how to answer that. I only want to put my books out there.
I'm a simple man.