Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him 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. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. 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.



Twitter: @assaphmehr

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Historical-fantasy blends are my favourite genre, and the Roaring 1920's is one of my fav periods, so of course this drew my attention.

L'Esprit de L'Escalier by Catherynne M. Valente - Book Review 21, May

A promise of a Hugo-award finalist retelling of one of my favourite greek myth caught my interest for a quick read.

Amongst Our Weapons (Rivers of London #9) by Ben Aaronovitch - Book Review 26, Apr

The Rivers of London is a good series and I've enjoyed the previous volumes, so I was quite excited with new release.