Monday, October 9, 2017

Meet the Author: 'There Be Demons' M.K. Theodoratus






Fantasy has always been part of M. K. Theodoratus’ life, starting when she starting playing with an imaginary friend when she was three. Comics, books, TV, and movies followed throughout her life. A northern California girl, many of her Andor alternative-world stories are firmly rooted there. Today, she lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two lap-cats, and writes when she’s not wasting time on social media.

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Title: THERE BE DEMONS
Author: M.K. Theodoratus
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 360
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Blurb:

Heroes come in all shapes.

The war for Andor has lasted a century. Humans and their allies, the Angeli, fight demons from another plane who need a warmer planet to hatch and raise their young. Trebridge becomes Ground zero when Abraxas, a minion of the demon Prince Vetis, opens a secret portal into the city. The demons’ goal is to build an army to subjugate the city before the humans realize they are under attack.

Standing in the demons’ way are two disparate groups: the humans of Andor and their Angeli allies who command gargoyle warriors.

Leading the four gargoyles guarding Trebridge is Gillen, a proven war hero who uses magic to fight demons. But Gillen is an outcast, mocked for his tuft of hair that normal gargoyles lack. It’s up to him to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of his command, in spite of dissention in his ranks. When Gillen asks the Angeli Commanders for reinforcements to fight the growing demon menace in Trebridge, headquarters send four human teens from the projects.

The leader of the humans is Britt, a 14-year-old half-Hispanic girl who is one of the four magic-possessing Chosen. But Britt was never trained in the art of magic, and like most girls her age, spends her days preoccupied with school and romance. Like Gillen, she must rise above her station in life--if she is to save the ones she loves.

But Gillen and Britt are facing formidable demon foes, Abraxas: a chicken-headed demon who possesses several humans as part of his plan to build the demons’ base in Trebridge and power-hungry Prince Vetis who is his commander. Neither will let the deaths of expendable humans get in their way of the conquest.

In There Be Demons, author M.K. Theodoratus spins a brilliant tale of good versus evil. In this thrilling Young Adult fantasy novel, unlikely heroes rise to challenge a relentless enemy. Join them as they risk everything to save their city.
 

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

My sixth-grade teacher lit the light bulb in my head that stories are written. Before that, books sort of miraculously appeared in the library.

My response shouted to the world I was a writer. The other kids wrote 3-5 pages. I had an incomplete 25 pages of Nancy Drew clone when the story was due. [I got a C because I didn’t finish the assignment.]

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Sorry, but I never knew I “wanted” to be a writer. Writing is like an itch that needs to be scratched with me. Craft skills are another matter. Turning the meanderings of a brain into something worth buying takes skill. I’m still learning how.

I started writing stuff in the sixth grade but have lost most the drafts but still have Clue of the Clay Cats. I freelanced non-fiction for some years. After I had heart surgery, I started writing fiction and have all sorts of stuff moldering in my computer.

Guess the distinction is to be a writer, you write whatever—fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, or poetry. Selling is another matter entirely.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No. I write ideas on sticky notes whenever they hit me. I have little pads of notes and a pen wherever I sit. Every once in awhile I organize them and put them into my computer in their proper files.

When I enjoy another artist’s work, I immerse myself in their creation and forget my own.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I’m retired, but I’ve done all sorts of stuff from being a credit manager to scraping little dohickies off plastic whatits.

What hours do you write best?

I used to write in the evenings, like after the kids went to bed. Now, I try to write in the mornings before I do anything else on the computer. Still stuck on the school year schedule, though. I take the summers off.

How often do you write?

Most every weekday and try to get at least 500 new words down.

Are you an avid reader?

I read fiction at night after the news until I feel sleepy. Currently, I’m rereading Lori Foster’s Paladin Trilogy, and I’m undecided about whether I’ll read Jane Austen or Tamora Pierce next. Maybe I’ll settle the dilemma by re-reading Tolkein’s Fellowship of the Ring. I haven’t done that yet this year.


What are you currently working on?

I’m dithering at the moment, though some might say I’m writing. I’ve been jotting notes on bits and pieces that might become the third book in a Demon Wars Trilogy. But I’ve got other stuff in my computer. Maybe I’ll get my Half-Elven Pig Wars out of my system before I go back to the demons. As I said, I’m dithering. I’m still trying to figure out what the book’s going to be about.

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