Thursday, July 18, 2013

Interview: The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Yes. All of my books are based on my personal experiences to some extent. For example, The End of Athens is in response to the naysayers and dream killers I’ve seen. Vagabond is a reflection of a lost soul travelling the world. The Black Lion addresses the darker aspects of our society- events which take place which any sane person would pray against.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

The main message in my books is for readers to find happiness. Now, even in a dystopian novel such as The End of Athens- which can be dark and gloomy- there’s a message for the reader: Don’t give up on your dreams. They were given to you for a reason. Now go out and fight for them!

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

I have a plan to follow it up with a sequel, but I’m not sure when exactly that will be. I will tell you that it progresses into lighter territory- social positivity, uplifting scenarios and the continuation of Nikos’ purpose through the young boy towards the end.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’ve written a non-fiction book about the world of soccer, called ‘The Obsession.’ In addition to that, I will be turning The Black Lion into a trilogy.
What book are you reading now?

I recently finished reading The Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian Flemming.

What is in your to read pile?

I have two more Paulo Coelho books to read. Veronika Decides to Die, and Eleven Minutes.

The End of Athens
Anthony Karakai

Genre: Dystopian Thriller/Urban Fantasy


Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Anthony Karakai

Book Description:

In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind. 

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery.

About the Author:

Anthony Michael Karakai was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dual citizen of Hungary. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. Working in journalism, his work has been published in various magazines and websites. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.

Twitter: @AnthonyKarakai

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