Hello there my dear friends.
It’s time for another intriguing, thrilling and informative Author Interview once again.
May I introduce you all to author Karina Kantas, as she kindly shares with us news of her latest novel release, along with all of the other extremely useful and versatile services she provides fellow authors.
Have fun folks and let’s dive right in 🙂
Hi there Karina, a pleasure to have you here today to discuss your novels, along with your own passions, influences and writing experiences.
Let’s start first with your books. You write in a variety of genres across Fantasy, Thriller and Romance, how exciting! Please begin with telling us about the plot and themes of your latest YA Fantasy novel release “The Quest (Illusional Reality)”, along with giving us some highlights/background of your other books, as I also understand that you have created a biker thriller series too known as The Outlaw Series, in addition to your other engaging thriller releases.
The Quest is the second book of the epic YA fantasy/paranormal romance, Illusional Reality (try saying that line fast lol). At the end of book one Thya returns to Earth and book two starts four years later.
Here’s the blurb for The Quest.
THE QUEST FOR THE TRUTH BEGINS
When Hati notices a Tsinian crystal glowing, she knows she must stick to her word and return to her homeland as Thya. Knowing her kinsmen needed her, there was no hesitation. Even though there was more to lose than just her life.
Once more a prophesy informed the reader of oracles, that only Thya could stop the war and save not just her people, but the rest of Enumac from Kovon’s psychotic future plans.
Along with three other companions, Thya is sent on a perilous quest to locate a dark crystal which holds an evil known as the Dark Force. The group are tried and tested throughout their journey by monsters, death and courage. New friendships will be formed and other will be lost. Thya’s power becomes stronger and a second will threatens to take over her mind body and soul.
A terrifying surprise waits for them in the city of Helkon.
Will they survive?
Will Thya return to Tsinia and for the final showdown with Kovon?
Find out by reading the thrilling concluding part of Illusional Reality.
The biker series, OUTLAW is a set of four books. All the novels are stand alone. I have a lot of passion for this genre of fiction as I grew up around bikers and had my own bikes and used to sing in a rock band. So I’ve always had the lifestyles around me.
Four books, four clubs. Each telling a story about the latest member of the motorcycle club. How they got accepted, what happened when they broke the rules, and how they fought to keep their position, standing and man. Here are the blurbs/snippets for all four of them.
IN TIMES OF VIOLENCE
I never felt I belonged here. I always felt there was something out there…Being stuck in a tiny village, slave to a drunk mother and unwanted by my father, I decided that I had to take charge of my life. I went to London for the summer and that’s when I met the TYRANTS.
With all the pain those bastards had caused my family – the loss. I wanted revenge, and so I made sure I did all I had to, to be welcomed into their den. I didn’t need a knife. My pen was my weapon and I was going to make all the WOLVES pay.
It took to being beaten black and blue by my boyfriend, for me to rip that target off my back and to stand up for myself. Then I found, (more like they found me) a group of beautiful women that had no problem punching a guy or two, for money. These women demanded respect and they got it. Their power was intoxicating and I wanted to be part of the sisterhood. I was going to be the sixth member of the KITTNZ MC.
When I met Shep, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I assumed the sponsored racing club would be different from the animals I had escaped from. It wasn’t long until I found out where they got their income from and why the MC was called RAGE.
If you could invite any one of your characters to dinner, which one would it be and what would you cook for them?
Well most of my female characters are me, well at least the ego part of me, so I already know them. I’d love to meet Alkazar and chat with him about Tsinia (Illusional Reality) and I would cook a traditional English roast with all the trimming. And of course I’d love to meet Buzz from (Huntress) yummy. Sorry but there would be no time for eating. lol
If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
Back when I first wrote Illusional Reality, I has a whole cast maped out. That was nearly 20 years ago. So they are too old to play the roles.
Thya – Cameron Diaz
Alkazar – Ralph Fiennes
Kovon – Jude Law
Darthorn – Antonio Banderas
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
I’m a prolific author and write in most genres as well as poetry, prose and nonfiction, so my writing style differs. I think my mascot would be a carnival mask, the kind you see in Vienna. When I put on that mask, I become someone else. Forgetting reality and the family while I’m in that “zone” Karina doesn’t exist.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult part of writing, for me would be finding the time to get everything out of my head and onto paper. The easiest thing is when you’re in the “zone” the words just flow, the characters come alive and lead you to the path they walk on. It’s important then you’re in the zone to write as much as you can, as it doesn’t last long.
Do you listen to music when you are writing and if so then what type of music do you listen to?
I do. Mainly rock music, no matter whether I’m writing fantasy, horror or comedy, I always have rock music on. Their lyrics always tell a story and that allows you to hype up your imagination.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
With fantasy, no research is needed. Because no matter where you go in the plot, or however you take the story, it’s all believable as it’s fantasy.
I didn’t have to do too much research for the OUTLAW series as I knew enough about the biker lifestyle.
My research has mainly been to check out location and description of places and to double check on the correct procedures and making the book more realistic and relatable. With Stone Cold, my YA supernatural thriller, I probably did more research on this book than the others.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
At school, I always had a vivid imagination and was writing down stories and poems. I spent one of my summer writing my own book, decorating the borders of the page and then stabling it together and designing a cover. I was so pleased and proud of my work, that when I returned to school I showed it to my English teacher. I got the book back covered in red pen, for spelling or grammar and sarcastic comments. And told me I would never be writer.
I was so upset I reported the teacher to the headmaster. This wasn’t a school project, I did this by myself for me and in my own time.
I’ve never forgot what happened that day and I think that was the motivation I needed to prove her and everyone else wrong.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
Going for a walk helps clear the head that’s jumbled up with ideas and stories that nothing makes any sense. If I’m stuck on a scene I will put the MS in a draw and work on something else, until I’ve figured out how to get from A to B to C.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
- Not to be in such a rush to publish my work.
- Buy shares in Google. 3.
- And to become a YouTuber, as early as I could.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I run Author Assist which are affordable author services. Some of my duties include, Author Management, VA, promoter, social media consultant, designer, radio host, narrator and marketing and promotion manager.
What are you views on audiobooks and would you consider having your novels made into audiobooks? If so then who would you get to narrate them?
I live in Greece and sadly I’m unable to narrate my s own book or get my novel into audio through ACX which the cheapest way is to do it. That’s the main reason I signed a publishing contract for Illusional Reality, was because the publisher can create audio books and is able to work into brick and mortar bookstores.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I have a publisher lined up for my novella which is a dystopian erotica. I’m also 70% they way through a MI5 thriller, Broken Chains. With lots more, ideas.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for joining us Karina and letting us know more about you, we certainly have a lot of interesting books of yours to get stuck into soon 🙂
You can connect with Karina via the following Social Media channels:-
Sign up to her Newsletter:- Karina Kantas Newsletter
Facebook:- (Illusional Reality Series) – Illusional Reality (FB)
Facebook:- (Outlaw Book Series) – Outlaw MC Series (FB)
Facebook:- (KK Fanpage) – Karina Kntas – Author (FB)
Goodreads:- Karina Kantas (Goodreads Author)
Instagram:- @karinakantasauthor (Instagram)
Twitter:- @KarinaKantas (Twitter)
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