The Shadow Soul
The Trailokya Trilogy #1
The Shadow Soul is the first part of The Trailokya Trilogy, a fantasy series that follows the rise and fall of fabled races and souls at the junction of three worlds: Zion, Earth and Jahannam. K. Williams weaves a tale that will leave you questioning long held convictions about the human legends of Heaven and Hell. Are you ready to enter the gates of Zion and learn the truth?
Captain Maiel is a duta warrior of Zion, a race of giant, winged guardians and chroniclers of the lesser souls. Maiel’s assurances are shaken when she nearly loses a young human girl to the dark forces of Jahannam, the prison realm where the lowest beings reside. To avoid answering to the leaders of her world, Maiel seeks refuge on Earth, but she is pursued by a baron of Jahannam intent on destroying her. Can she be saved before time runs out? Or will she be sacrificed to secure the borders of Zion and to hide the lie her journey uncovers?
With each step further into darkness, long held secrets are revealed and shadows rise from the past to challenge absolutes.
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
I would have refused to marry Dominic! hahaha! I think there is always that one guy or girl in our past that we wish we had run from (screaming, maybe tasered and then ran). Sometimes it takes a while to realize what kind of relationship we’re in. That honeymoon period can last a long time. One day, you wake up thinking “where the hell am I?” -- The fear with which Maiel faces her fate, you never see it. You see concern at best. Her stoicism is part of her nature, like most of her kind. Being Duta is taken very seriously--they have a very serious job to perform. Pride probably feeds into that--but moreover, I think a sense of responsibility and strength--knowing on some level that they can pull of these amazingly difficult assignments. I wish I had seen the relationship that inspired the one between Maiel and Dominic as an assignment instead of a desire, although, as with her, it doesn’t save you, but you know what you’re getting into. I think, if I were her, I would have asked a few more questions--although I tend to take orders without question myself.
What was your inspiration behind The Shadow Soul?
The Shadow Soul is the first in a series that brings together so many things from my life and experiences, my knowledge base. I don’t even know where to start. The image on the cover, for instance, is from a recurring dream I’ve had since I was very young--like five. I have never been through this particular door. In subsequent books, you’ll learn what they’ve come to mean to me, what I learned they were. It blows the mind. The numbers and colors equate to chakras. I will leave that there.
Other aspects, such as Maiel and her family are also from dreams. I dream that I am her, and that her family is my family. Zach is the favorite--well, her favorite--my favorite. It’s startling to think about this, so I decided to write it all into a book. With hindsight--I am able to see how it all connects and to take relationships, both good and bad, and use them in the book.
Why did you become a writer ?
Because I am terrible at math. During my undergraduate studies, I was going to be a zoologist. Then I met calculus and the whole thing went to hell in a handbasket. So frustrating. But, it wasn’t the end of the world. I had been writing since High School, and it was something I knew I knew how to do, something I could get better at, and something I adored doing. So, I changed majors--instead of making science textbooks, or writing pharma pamphlets, which is more likely where my bio degree would have ended, I chose to write.
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Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she continues to reside, K.Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and work in the arts.
K attended the State University of New York at Morrisville, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany (home of the New York State Writer’s Institute) gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art.
Currently, K has completed the MALS program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. K continues to write and is working on the novels of the Trailokya Trilogy, a work that deals with topics in Domestic Violence and crosses the controversial waters of organized religion and secularism. A sequel to OP-DEC is in the research phase, while the adaptation is being shopped to interested film companies. Excerpts of these and more writings can be found at: www.bluehonor.com .