Kevin Solomon Missal
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
In the midst of chaos and order, stands the long drawn war between angels and demons. An unknown tyrant, Manfred Croft, walks the very earth to bring the world to an end. A hero, Caspar Socrates with a bleak past is the planet’s last hope. He is a hunter, a watchful guardian. He understands evil because …
Will he ever be able to unlock himself ?
Will he be able to prevent the rise of the Morningstar?
10+s. I received an eARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is an amazingly talented young up and coming author that I will keep my eye on. The story itself is amazing and I would have never have guessed that 16 year old wrote this very intriguing and interestingly addictive story!!! I loved the characters in the story and how real they felt and I absolutely loved the bantered comedy between Caspar Socrates and the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse, Death . I found myself giggling at the humor between the two characters. I was totally blown away by the author's ability to capture his audience and keep us entertained and addicted to the story. I was hooked from beginning to end and loved how everything flowed freely and easily and I am anxious to read more from this talented young author. This is a RECOMMENDED MUST READ story for YA and adults alike who have a hunger for dark paranormal stories. You will be entranced by his writing style and the amazing world this young author has created. Thank you, Kevin Solomon Missal, for the wonderful world of magic, suspense, paranormal creatures, and the humor in this remarkable story that has captured my mind, heart, and soul and has become one of my favorite stories of all time.
Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made me you decide to go that route?
I think I went to that route because it had people who were great, selfless and caring. They don’t care about money or fame but they actually enjoy what they do. They do it because they love books and they want to stretch the potential of those books in the market. I liked this aspect about this route and therefore, I decided to take it.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing, I learnt was perhaps, it takes a LOOOOOONG time to get published. It took almost two years for me to get my second book in the market.
Which of your characters are you most like? Least like?
I liked every character in this book. There is no character I would just say I didn't like. Though there were characters which weren't explored as they should have been. But I will continue their individual stories in my series.
Do you have a particular writing habit?
Writing speaks to me. I see my reflection when I write. When I am nervous, stressed, angry or absolutely hurt, I sit down and type down my emotions. And I build those walls of emotions around my characters, producing them relatable and realistic. I can’t write when I am tired because my brain doesn't function that time. I drink coffee sometimes or Coke to lighten up my mood. I change my story-line, again and again, until I circle back to where it had originated.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Paulo Coelho. His novels set a strong path for me, made my priorities straight.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I don’t really know any new authors because I am myself new to this. So I can’t say. Everyone around me, in the publishing sector, is professional and talented. I have read most of their book and I am actually fan of theirs.
What is the hardest part of your writing?
The hardest part I might say would be the research and to keep the story-line on a straight path because stories tend to divert if we miss few points.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you like. I had been rejected by Indian publishers because India was afraid of publishing a ‘fantasy’ novel. But I found people who weren't afraid and were daring. So write what you want to write, what you would want to read in a book. And believe in what you type, because there will be people who will criticize you, let you down but you should stand to what you wrote.
Describe yourself in three words.
Curious. Creative. Considerate.
I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books? Of all time?
Balthazar from my second book would be the best, I guess. It’s because he’s a funny sidekick. He’s grumpy and he smokes cigar. He drinks too and most of the times, he acts as a buffoon. The second character would be Caspar Socrates; dark, complex, sarcastic, masking his true emotions so people wouldn't be able to penetrate into his soul and see who he really is. He is cold and decisive. He is an anti-hero.
Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?
Doctor who, “I am the Doctor”. That is what I listen to pump myself up.
Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?
I think it’s both. I create an outline of my plot, of what ingredients would be there in it but it’s the characters that give the human touch to the story. The character interaction, their development is what carries the plot forward.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?
Charles Dickens. Because of him, I am here. His novels prompted me to question myself: “If he can write novels, why can’t I?”
What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am writing on Hindu Mythology now. It’s traditional and urban in style, taking place in the modern world. Though it’s vague and I have just started.
His first novel, Damien Black : Battle of the Lost ages was essentially a 14-year old’s summer vacation project. Kevin took two months to pen down his debut novel. It is a heroic fantasy, inspired by Freek mythology. It is about Damien Black, who is the last descendant of the Hunter Clan, and is destined to save the world from the Underworld. It features some intriguing villains such as Lucifer, Azazel and Nosferatu. The story deals with topics such as friendship, love, betrayal, adventure, death and mystery — with all their complications.
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