Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#Author #Interview With Karina Kantas!! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-) 

Karina Kantas has joined us today to tell us about herself and her stories. Karina, who are you in a nutshell, and how many books have you written? :-)

Karina: Hi I'm Karina Kantas. I'm from the Midlands UK but I have been living in Greece for the last twenty five years. In fact, I have actually spent more of my life here than I have in the UK. I have over 30 pieces of non fiction published such as film and book reviews, articles and even poetry. I have seven fiction books published:
Stone Cold a YA supernatural thriller.
Heads & Tales a collection of flash and short fiction all genres.
In Times of Violence YA urban thriller.
Huntress MC thriller
Lawless Justice MC vigilante thriller
Road Rage MC thriller
Undressed a collection of short ficion, poetry, prose, excerpts and a first look at what I'm working on.

Me: Cool!! What's the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Karina: My last book was Undressed. I wanted my fans to get a glimpse of my past and why I write what I do and to see even more writing styles.

Me: Sounds interesting. :-) What are you working on now?

Karina: I'm trying to finish the final edit of book one of my fantasy series, Illusional Reality. Once I've made the changes and done a read through the manuscript will go to my beta readers, before being formatted for publication. Book two is finished but needs a rewrite and book three has couple of chapters done, but the rest of the book is in notes.

Me: It's great that you've got several books ready or nearly ready before publishing any. Wonderful way to keep from making your fans wait too long for the rest of the story. :-) What authors, or books have influenced you?

Karina: I started writing after reading The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. I got turned on with reading about outlaw toughs. After I had finished her series of books, I knew I wanted to write in the same genre. So that's how In Times of Violence came about.

Me: Oh yes! Gotta love those bad boys. ;-) What are you reading now?

Karina: The moment I am editing and reading through my own work. I haven't picked up a Kindle or a paperback for a while now. The last book I read was by an independent author. I feel it's very important to support my fellow authors and try show we really mean business. That's it's not a hobby for us. We are serious about what we do.

Me: I agree! Some of the best books I've ever read have been by indie authors! :-) For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

Karina: With the MC thrillers, you can expect drugs sex and rock! Violence is mixed with love and guns with respect. The men are tough, sexy and in charge, The women will fight to keep their man and are either running from something or running towards it. My two collections show I'm not a one trick pony, that I am capable of writing in all genres and styles and gives a little more insight to how my warped mind works. As for Stone Cold, apart from the supernatural element and the gruesome murders, most of this story is my own experience. It centers along what most teenagers go through such as bullying, depression/suicide, and the feeling of being alone an unloved.

Me: Sounds like you've put a lot of thought into your stories. :-) What is your favorite part of being an author?

Karina: Being able to tell a story and get some closure from it. There's always a piece of Karina in my books. I leave it to the reader to decide what part is fiction and what really happened. When you hear from a reader about how much they could relate to your story or how much they enjoyed the book, it just validates that you're doing the right thing.

Me: Oh yes! Readers are definitely much appreciated! :-) Do you have a day job as well?

Karina: I'm a mother and author. I'm retired due to bad health.

Me: Well it sounds like you've found a way to enjoy your retirement, whatever the reason for it. :-) What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

Karina: The easiest part is emptying my head. These storylines, scenes and characters have kept me awake and to finally get some release is a happy relief. The hardest part is as an indie author all the marketing and promotion falls to me and with my health problems it makes it three times as hard.

Me: Ha! I think most indie authors would agree with you there. ;-) What genre do you place your book in?

Karina: Urban thrillers, supernatural thrillers, anthologies in the genres of horror, comedy, sci-fi, romance and thriller.

Me: Awesome! :-) Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

Karina:  Anyone that likes the fan page and comments on a post will be sent the e-book Undressed. And if anyone would like any of my e-books send me a private massage via the fan page and you can buy direct from me. By leaving out the middle man you can get it much cheaper than advertised.

Me: How generous!! :-) And so these fine folks can find your fan page, are there any links you'd like me to post?


Me: Perfect! Thank you so much for stopping by Karina, and thank you to everyone else for joining us!! :-) Don't forget to stay tuned for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings!! :-)