Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Phantasma by Efthalia Interview

Phi Athanatoi Series
Book One

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Publisher:  Mill City Press

Date of Publication:  12th April 2016

ISBN:  978-1-63413-905-2

Number of pages: 386
Word Count:  90,000

Cover Artist:  Yoolia Design

Book Description:

One night’s transgression. A love unveiled. The in-escapable outcome of passion and vengeance.

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 prepared 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 who 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.

Excerpt from Chapter Two

Xen Lyson’s fingers moved to the pulse point of the woman lying at his feet. Skata! He swore internally. He should have guessed she’d come back for her partner. He’d have to leave her.
Take her. He jerked at the sudden possessiveness that demanded he acquire ownership. She’s yours.
His hand moved to her hair as he pushed the strands back from her face. The pads of his fingers deliberately caressed her cheek. His nostrils flared when the scent of her exotic blood hit his nose. He examined her without delay. A large bump and cut graced the back of her skull. He lifted his fingers to his mouth and tasted her blood. Ambrosia danced over his tongue and warmth spread through every cell in his body.

About the Author:

Efthalia lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children.

Her passion for writing was cultivated by the stories her mother told her as a child.
She has an MA in Writing and is currently studying the Classics and Archaeology at Sydney University.

Phantasma is her debut novel and the first in the Phi Athanatoi Series.

Where are you from?     Sunny Sydney, Australia.

Tell us your latest news?                  Phantasma is finally out and I’m happy to share it with all the readers out there. 

When and why did you begin writing?                 2008 when I woke up and had a burning need to write.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?    Realistically, I’d have to say when I finished my first 90,000 word MS.

What inspired you to write your first book?        . I love Greek myth so it was only natural that the inspiration for my book series would be based on Greek myths. As I reader my first love is crime fiction, so I knew I wanted the heroine to be a cop.

Do you have a specific writing style? Yes, my brand of crazy! (giggles) I don’t know if I have a specific writing style. I just know that I have fun writing and I hope that, that comes through for the reader because reading is about enjoying and escaping for a little while.

How did you come up with the title?          I wanted a one word title and Phantasma just popped into my head. I have all the titles written down for the whole series. 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

How much of the book is realistic?   The Greek food, words both modern and Ancient are all real. The rest is fiction.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?         Apart from naming a character after a beloved auntie who passed away, it’s all carefully woven fabrication. J

What books have most influenced your life most?        Homer’s Iliad, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The list is long. I don’t think you could be a reader or writer and not have an enormous list. J

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?   How does one know if the person they chose is the right one? We don’t truly know until we actually work with someone.  

What book are you reading now? Some of the Greek tragedies, for a unit of study. I’m seriously looking forward on catching up with some of the books on my growing TBR pile. J

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  I like to read across genres so I’m always discovering someone new. Really though I haven’t had the chance with my University studies. I feel like I’ve been in a cave for a while. Lol. I’m going to read myself into a fictional coma, first chance I get. J

What are your current projects?                 A novella, which is basically Xen’s (hero in Phantasma) backstory. It’s set in Ancient Greece and shares insight into Xen as a mortal man and naturally an immortal. I’m also working on book two in the series.

What would you like my readers to know?          Trust in your Authors. We will never write words in a book where we don’t give you the meaning. There is a glossary at the back of my e-book and print book. I only say this because I had a few people complain that they didn’t know what some words meant.  

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