Series: Chronicles of Koa #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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What would you do if a demon threatened your mother's life? If you're like Koa, you'd sharpen your enchanted sword and go after him...
The world is a dangerous place. Our world is threatened by the creatures of an alternate land called the Netherworld. Good thing Koa and the Netherworld division are there to keep the vampire population in check. Koa is a powerful half-blood with a mysterious past. Her best friend is her boss, she has a cursed mother, an enchanted sword, and an attractive human pet.
Koa also has a problem. A Netherworld serial killer, with a taste for little girls, threatens everything Koa has worked hard to protect. Not even Koa's boss, Halston can stop him. But he knows one prisoner that can. Too bad that prison is in the Netherworld.
Is Koa ready to journey to the Netherworld to release the one creature that can break her mother's curse and protect all that she holds dear?
Can you talk about what The Chronicles of Koa is about?
The Chronicles of Koa follows a young half-blood named Koa Ryeo-won and her exploits fighting not just vampires, but creatures you’ve never seen before, Syths, Scayors, and an array of evil beings. Half vampire and half human, Koa works for the Netherworld division, where a team of angels and humans monitor supernatural creatures from an alternate land called the Netherworld. In this world, not all vampires are created equal but nonetheless, they must register, or face death from one of the members of this elite team. When Koa’s mother is threatened by one of the creatures that has escaped the Netherworld, she finds herself in over her head for the first time. She’s used to always succeeding, but this time, not even her boss, Halston can defeat this creature. Halston does know someone that can help her, however, this being happens to be a prisoner in the Netherworld. Koa must journey to this mystical place, break a prisoner out of the most secure prison in either world, and kill a demon. Oh…did I mention that her mother is cursed? Yeah, she also has to break her mother’s curse.
Welcome to a day in the life of a Netherworld agent.
What audience do you think would enjoy the book the most?
The Chronicles of Koa has mild violence…I mean, she hacks supernatural creatures to bits with a sword. It can be quite graphic in some areas. Therefore, my target audience is young adult and mature audiences.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
The Chronicles of Koa came from a dream that I had. There was a girl enjoying a day off from work and watching television at home. Boring…Until! Someone knocks on her door. When she opens it, this guy tries to hurt her. That poor guy had no idea that he was messing with the wrong girl. Turns out that girl wasn’t as innocent as she seemed. She killed that guy, chopped him to bits, and turned to her cat and said with a pout. “Now look at this mess.” That dream became the first chapter of The Chronicles of Koa. Of course I changed a few things and encountered a few surprises along the way, but essentially, my twisted mind dreamt her up.
How long did it take you to write the novel, and can you talk about the process of writing it?
The Chronicles of Koa took 6 months to write. I started it as a web series where I posted a chapter each Sunday on my website www.writelikeawizard.com I was amazed by the reception it was receiving and decided to publish it.
Who is your favorite character?
Halston! Blonde, British, and incredibly clever, Halston is easily my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love Koa! She’s confident, sexy, and powerful, but Halston and I share something personal. Sorry, I can’t reveal what that is. You’ll have to read and find out! Anyway, The Chronicles of Koa follows both of their journeys. While he is Koa’s best friend, and boss, he has something that he has been trying to obtain…for a very long time. No one has more charisma and charm than Halston. He wields his infinity gun with the swagger of Daniel Craig as James Bond and the cleverness of Sherlock. I found him very easy to write. Why? Well…I think I put my perfect man on paper and gave him life.
If you could go back and change anything about the book, what would it be?
I ask this question on my writing site every week and I get the same answer from other authors. Oh, nothing, they say. Well, I’m going to be honest with you, I’d change how quickly I put it out there for the world. Sure it took me only 6 months to write it, but it could have benefited from a little simmering. As a rookie author, I was so excited to get it out there! Alas, I published through Amazon, and although the first batch of e-books may not have been perfect, the e-books and paper backs out there now are pretty darn close.
Can you talk about the cover and how you designed it?
I designed the cover with a stock photo that I brought an extended license for and had my graphic designer friend, Brandon Jackson manipulate it.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in the second grade. I would write books, draw the pictures, and bind the pages in between stapled cardboard wrapped in wall paper! I created my own hard bound books and the school’s library would display them for me. I’ve always enjoyed creating stories, and I know that I’ll never stop.
You have a website for aspiring authors at http://www.WriteLikeAWizard.com. What is the one thing you would tell someone who wants to become an author?
If you want to be a writer, you must write, and you must read.
What are your favorite authors and books?
I grew up reading Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Terry Goodkind, but right now, my favorite book series is the Mistborn Trilogy by, Brandon Sanderson. It is AMAZING!
How are you coming along with the sequel, Lyrinian Blade. Would you like to share an excerpt? And when will it be released?
The sequel is done!!! Hooray! I know the Koa fans will be happy to hear that. I’m sending it over to Beta readers now, and then to the editor. We’re on schedule for a release in mid-December! Sure, I’ll share an “exclusive” excerpt! An excerpt from Lyrinian Blade:
Blood dripped from the ceilings. Greggan’s blue eyes gazed up at the hanging bodies. He grimaced.
Children. Little girls.
Greggan looked over at Bund and gave him a look that made the skinny demon lower his eyes.
“Why so many? Do you really need this many?” His hand pointed to the cluster of little girls. There were at least a dozen.
Bund shrugged. “Ya said I could have as many as I want. Well, I was hungry.”
Greggan stroked his long, crimson, red beard and narrowed his eyes. He saw one of girls start to stir. She bucked against her shackles and tried to pull herself up. Her mouth was sewn closed.
“Ey,” Bund called to the little girl. Her blonde hair was slick with blood. The blood turned it into an odd brownish color. “Stop ya fussin. I’ll pull ya down when I’m ready for ya.”
The girl whimpered. She looked to be about twelve.
She was tall for her age and slim, like an athlete. She was the oldest in the group. Her large brown eyes went wide. She flickered them to Greggan, looking at him pleadingly. A strange sound came from her throat. It was a muffled scream.
Bund growled. Before Greggan could say anything, Bund snatched her throat out with one clawed hand.
Greggan watched as Bund ate the girl’s bloody larynx. Good thing the other girls were still knocked out. There would have been quiet a panic if they’d of seen what just happened.
Greggan rolled his eyes. He shook his head. Bund was a necessary evil. He needed that demon to keep Halston out of his affairs. He closed his eyes and tried to forget about the overwhelming smell of blood that surrounded him.
Greggan opened his eyes and the entire basement filled with the screams of the little girls as he made the room fill with fire. Bund stood in the flames and growled at Greggan.
“Why’d ya do that? They was mine!”
Greggan felt the flames heat his face as he stepped into the fire and approached Bund. His eyes narrowed as he looked into Bund’s dark blue eyes.
“We came to frighten the humans,” Greggan explained. He began up the cellar stairs. “This will get their attention.”
Bund frowned. “I’ll kill ya if ya do that again.”
Greggan paused. He felt a shiver run through his body at the demons tone. Bund could kill Greggan, but Greggan had something the demon wanted. Something he needed. He must be reminded of that fact.
“I think we both know that would be unwise.” Greggan exited to cellar then, but he could feel Bund’s eyes following him.
Outside, Lera, his second wife waited for him. Her pale face seemed to glow under the moonlight. He loved seeing her hair free from her usual braid. Her long black hair seemed to float around her face with the breeze. She stepped forward and bowed to him.
Greggan reached beneath her chin and pulled her face up to his. He kissed her forehead and she smiled. Second wife was his favorite. There was no mistaking that. This vampire queen would do anything for him. She would die for him, without question.
Greggan ran his hands through her hair and she rested her face in the palm of his hand.
“Lera, my sweet,” he called.
She looked up with eerie violet eyes. “Yes, my king?”
“Are you ready for some fun?”
Lera’s eyes brightened. Her fangs curled into a grin. Out of two small scabbards, she pulled out dual daggers.
Greggan nodded. “Good girl.”
Lera clinked her daggers silver metal together and the sound vibrated along the earth. Her hair curled into one long braid while she clinked the daggers together, preparing their Netherworld blades.
Greggan folded his hands before him. She stood there in her light armor. Black pants with silver gaiters. A black corset and silver breastplate. It was all slim, and light, so that she could move with grace and agility. Lera was one that he could count on. Vicious and almost as cold as he was, she would get the job done right.
Lera tilted her head. She licked the blade of each daggers, slicing her tongue so that a small drop of blood would spill onto their blade, making them let out a slight screeching sound that fully woke them up.
“What would you have me do, my king?”
Greggan looked up at the sky. The moon was bright. The night was young.
“There’s someone I want you to visit tonight.”