1. What inspired you to write your book? The Epic the Iliad and Homer, I love the whole anger and revenge theme. I wanted to explore that or play with the motifs that we see in classical texts.
2. What is it about? In three words, gods, power, passion or Carissa Alkippes is a daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepares her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into. Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals that have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones. Demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity. Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in a deadly game of a demi-god, who seeks godly power.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? More, give me more. I have to have more. I can not express the totality and magnitude of emotions that run through me when a reader tells me that they want the next book. I want them to feel that they need the next installment and I want it to be on their mind and yes they can stalk me on social media.
4. What advice do you have for writers? Ask yourself what does it mean to you to be an author that is the single motivation that you need?
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? If I could be a Greek oracle for one moment, I would give you a riddled answer. Truthfully, technology and innovation drive change. The industry is at the door step of transition, some good some bad. It is up to each individual author to choose whether to move with it or get swallowed up in the giant abyss.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? The re-writing and editing process, it took me a lot longer to get it done because you can only read over your story so many times before you threaten to put it on the BBQ. Plus family. Plus finding the balance between writing and family can be an interesting juggle at times.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Haha. Great question. Reading is about escapism, the real world can be a burden some days, with Phantasma you will get the escapism but also the insight into the Greek culture.