Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and seventy-third, is of article writer, philosophical travel adventure novelist and interviewee Anthony Karakai. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
A creative type, he spent his school years painting abstract artwork, song writing, producing music (with a release in Holland, and an induction into the Australian Centre For The Moving Image at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square), playing percussion and learning languages.
His curiosity about the arts, and the world around him was endless.
He never planned on becoming a writer, however after exploring the world at length, he felt compelled to communicate the beautiful things he saw and the emotions he felt.
This significant life experience formed the philosophical basis of ‘Vagabond,’ which aside from success online, garnered high praise from the online publication Xpat Loop (Budapest), and saw him featured on KLAV radio (Las Vegas).
Represented by John Campbell and Trident Media Group, he has released three novels through TMG’s eBook division, and is currently working on a fourth.
And now from the author himself:
All my life I have enjoyed writing, especially the analytical component involved in expression. I like to leave no stone unturned. Writing, for me, is therapeutic and a necessity. I’ve written one novel for entertainment (‘The Black Lion: Satan’s Kingdom’) and the other two (‘Vagabond,’ ‘The End of Athens’) because I felt compelled. The ultimate form of self-expression is writing- it sits right beside painting and music. All art is good art if it comes from the heart.
I’m a firm believer in dreams, and think it is critical to a person’s development that they choose to follow their heart, and not their mind. Life is unfairly short, and I think until you leave high school that you don’t really understand this. If we’re lucky we will die of old age, but there’s a good chance we won’t- there are so many illnesses which cruelly touch people, and unfortunate events that we never see coming.
My view is that life is short, and you should enjoy it while it lasts, because it won’t last forever. To quote the wonderful Erma Bombeck: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
My novels are Coming of Age / Inspirational / Magical Realism, except for ‘The Black Lion: Satan’s Kingdom,’ which is a spy thriller. Even in this book I talk about concepts important to me, such as regrets, living with purpose and going forward from tragedy powerfully. Part of this is me trying to understand the world, another portion of it is me trying to understand myself- my pen contains blood, not ink. Everything I write comes from the heart, not the mind. I’ve been fortunate enough to have readers tell me how much my books have meant to them, and how it has inspired change within themselves, and given them courage to follow their dreams. There is nothing more rewarding than that.
The type of reader who would be interested in my books would be those who enjoy Paulo Coelho’s novels, travel adventures and books which question the status quo. If a reader can finish one of my novels and start believing in themselves, then I am happy. If a reader can finish one of my novels and understand that they really can reach out for their dreams, because they deserve to be happy, then I know that all those months in my room typing tens of thousands of words was worth it.
You can find more about Anthony and his writing via…
- Vagabond: amazon.com/Vagabond-ebook/dp/B00CLXLZOY
- The End Of Athens: amazon.com/The-End-of-Athens-ebook/dp/B00CLXM6WY
- The Black Lion: Satan’s Kingdom: amazon.com/Black-Lion-Satans-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B00CLXM1II
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