Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Interview: The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I thought ‘The End of Athens’ would symbolise the destruction of a poor approach to life, and make way for a new, more positive approach.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I usually wait until after it’s finished, although sometimes you can name the novel first if you really understand the direction it will go in.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Dreams are important and powerful. Fight for them, always and forever.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Paulo Coelho.

What book are you reading now?

Veronika Decides to Die, by Paulo Coelho.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Third time lucky- Paulo Coelho! More than anything, he stands out to me because no matter what, he really makes you feel what he’s saying. He isn’t just there to entertain you when you’re bored. When he writes, you read and you absorb his message, because he truly writes with a level of purpose we don’t see too much anymore.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I do have to travel, but I’m lucky because travel is my second passion after writing.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I did. I like to have full control over how my books present themselves to readers.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

The End of Athens
Anthony Karakai

Genre: Dystopian Thriller/Urban Fantasy


Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Anthony Karakai

Book Description:

In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind. 

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery.

About the Author:

Anthony Michael Karakai was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dual citizen of Hungary. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. Working in journalism, his work has been published in various magazines and websites. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.

Twitter: @AnthonyKarakai

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