Arthur Bozikas lives in Sydney, Australia and has been the CEO of a nonprofit disability organization for over twenty years. His life story was supposed to be short; at twelve, he was given an expiry date. But life doesn’t always turn out as we expect. Now sixty, he’s had forty unexpected years of life since that use by date expired.
After his day job as the CEO, Arthur was lecturing many business management courses part-time for seven years at the same university he graduated from. Additionally, he also was teaching many business management subjects as a casual teacher at several TAFE colleges for eight years, finally concluded all his teaching commitments to focus more on his passion for writing fiction novels.
‘Black Ops: Zulu’ is truly an amazing work of suspense that captivates almost as much as it invigorates the mind and the senses. From start to finish the book drops the reader into the middle of all the action. With vivid character descriptions and a thick plot line Arthur takes you to a world that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
We had a chance to catch up with Arthur on his latest bestselling book ‘Black Ops: Zulu’ here is what he shared up with us.
‘Black Ops: Zulu (Tom Stiles Thrillers Book 1)’ has been extremely popular with readers, what is the most interesting feedback that you have received from a fan?
Getting comments like: “Very well written book, it has a Tom Clancy mission impossible type style to it.” And “Can wait for the movie.” Plus, many more like: “Characters are well written. I particularly liked Tom Stiles, He was someone I could relate to.” Feedback like this continue to be most interesting to me because all I wanted to achieve was to get the reader to turn the page.
You protagonist Tom Stiles is in many ways an Aussie James Bond. What or who was your inspiration for this main role in the book? Did you put any of your own characteristics into creating him?
I had a combination of the following Aussie actors: Chris Hemsworth, Guy Pearce and Huge Jackman, as my inspiration for the role of Tom Stiles. Regarding creating Tom Stiles, I would like to think I have done a great job of mirroring ‘only some’ of my own characteristics into him. I really couldn’t help avoiding it.
I know this might be hard to answer, but which scene is your favorite in ‘Black Ops: Zulu (Tom Stiles Thrillers Book 1)’ and why?
“Boz agent Stiles requesting, Commander,” he said and saluted. The journey for Stiles to get to this point of making the transition from civilian to volunteer was my favorite part. This gave me an overwhelming satisfaction of achieving what I set out to do at the most perfect point in the book for this back-story into a life of espionage.
Having written a few separate works, do you desire each story to stand on its own or have a connection between each other as a body of work?
For me, the story needs to stand on its own. However, I do have connecting themes like locations and Government heads of state to give you some examples.
We really loved this extraordinary book. When is book two coming out? Do you have any other projects coming out that you can tell us about?
I’m currently finishing off my autobiography called Iron Boy, and The Book Glasses concluding sequel called The Book Glasses Contrarium by early 2022. Book two is called Black Ops: Zulu. The Volunteer (Tom Stiles Thrillers Book 2) and is planned to be completed and published by early 2023.