Interview September 4, 2012

Part of the interview by Harold Donkin

 

HD: Your book is gaining more and more popularity. How do you feel about this?

 

MK: Like any other author who is starting to make some success. Overjoyed? not yet, but certainly hopeful and happy.

 

HD: there are six main characters in the book. Which one is your favourite?

 

MK: I have always liked Tokutei, maybe because that I made him almost flawless. In fiction, there  were always stories about samurais or warriors who sacrificed their life for the love of martial arts. In this case, Tokutei had no choice. He was simply raised that way. He and other Dragons were raised in such a way that they had to spend most of their life on harsh training, but as a result they served their country in a good way. I love almost everything about Tokutei and his constant rivalry with Lian.  You see they are both trained in numerous martial arts styles, and Tokutei has always been the best, now when there is someone matching his masterfulness, he tries to prove that he is still the one.

 

HD: Tell me something about this “Surya character”

 

MK: Surya is a specific character.

 

HD: what do you mean?

 

MK: Well, to start with, she is not human and she is not a vampire either. She is, so called, a dhampir, which is a creature whose one of the parents is a vampire. In her case, her mother was raped by a  vampire. She was raised in a such a way to hate all the vampires and help humans fight them. However, humans didn’t approve of her and she had to live on her own. After she is recruited by Arthur, you can see the conflict between Dan and her. He can’t stand any of the vampiric creature and he simply cannot accept her. This conflict can be seen almost everywhere.

 

HD: Something like a confilcit between Tokutei and Lian?

 

MK: not exactly, because Tokutei and Lian tolerates each other. They only compete to prove who is the best one.

 

HD: Rumors has it that there is going to be Book 3. Is it true?

 

MK: Yes. It was way back when I was researching the info for my first book, I found so many amazing things that I couldn’t possibly fit it all in one, or two books. If the story gets popular, Book three will not be the end for sure.

 

HD: Is it true that you wrote most of the Book 0 on your mobile?

 

MK: hehe, yes it is. I am a teacher and every time I had a break or a free period, I tried to write at least  50-100 words. Moreover, whenever I was traveling by train, or bus I added more and more content. Of course the version that was produced on my mobile is 3/5 of what can be read today. I had to do the editing, and one year later, the second editing and the third one, which actually lengthened my book by 1/5.

 

HD: the first part of your work is available. Can you tell us something about the locations of the other parts?

 

MK: If you have already read the first part, you can see the short synopsis of the second one, which takes place also in the US. The third part takes us to the far North to the island of Svalbard to a ghost town of Pyramiden. The forth one is in Attica prison in the USA, and the last one is set in Bangkok, Thailand. 

 

HD: what about the settings in book 2?

 

MK: I can only say that almost everything is set in San Fransisco in Maldito Castle.

 

HD: OK, we have time for the last question.

 

MK: go on

 

HD: How would you react if you got an offer to turn your book into a movie? Would you agree to it?

 

MK: of course I would, but under one condition. I will work on the movie as well. I mean I don’t want the director to change the movie as much as they did with Dan Brown’s books. I would like to cooperate and give useful advise. Otherwise, I would not agree.

 

Reviews

2013-10-24 Reviews

Review by StrawieB from France

1.       Book 0 of ASAT. I like the title, like the idea, the characters and the action. What I don’t like is time I have to wait for next part to be available.

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