I am Paul M.M. Cooper - my first historical novel was one of the largest literary book deals at the London Book Fair, and has just been published. AMA!
I've spent the last 5 years writing a historical fiction novel, and it was finally published 2 days ago.
I'm especially happy to give advice to aspiring writers, help out on matters of research, and give insight into the process of publishing, getting an agent etc. Feel free to ask whatever, though!
My book, River of Ink, was one of the biggest literary deals at the London Book Fair in 2014. It is set in 13th-century Sri Lanka, and tells the story of a poet forced to translate a piece of mythology for a tyrannical King - which results in him becoming something of an accidental and (very reluctant) revolutionary. The book is set around historical events, and is based on years of research and time I spent living in Sri Lanka.
I waste a lot of my life on Twitter too - come waste it with me!
EDIT: Wow, front page! :) Thanks for all your support, everyone. I'm determined to answer every question.
EDIT 2: Okay everyone, I'm going to call it a night. Thanks so much for all your positivity and curiosity, and to the user who gifted me reddit gold! I've had a lot of fun answering all your questions. If anyone has anything else to ask, I'll drop by tomorrow morning and answer what's left. All the best, wherever you are!