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Interview with Yannis Karatsioris, author of The Book of the Forsaken


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It’s a layered story, the layers existing in the narrator himself. He’s the one telling the story with edgy wit, while at the same time he’s acting within it with accurate planning and insight.

Here’s the pitch:

A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to partake.

I should note that “The Book of the Forsaken” got the gold medal on’s HarperCollins UK hosted competition on Feb 1.

Congratulations. Tell us more about the book. What genre is it?
It falls into the Urban Fantasy genre.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Lovers of urban fantasy, mostly the ones who would like something new. It doesn’t qualify for those who enjoy Paranormal Romance though. “The Book of the Forsaken” (as the first part of the series) is focused on revealing where all the fantasy creatures (vampires, were-creatures, dragons, etc.) hail from and what their connection to our reality is.

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love this series.
fast-paced supernatural dark comedies

Tell us a bit more about your main character(s)
In “The Book of the Forsaken” the characters of the story are. Igor Rubinstein, a Russian trickster with a strong inclination to dark magic, Robert Cassidy, an Irishman and a convict with the talent of round-sight and of handling fire and Daniel Maladie, a solitary gypsy-Frenchman with the unique power of teleportation.

While, these three seem to be the main characters of the story, “The Book of the Forsaken” is written in the premise that the narrator is himself the main protagonist. And while he gives away bits about himself in the text, only in the end of the book does he reveal who he is.

Talking about the end of the book, how do you expect it to leave your readers?
Fascinated. But also interested in figuring things out for themselves (while they wait for the next installment).

Can you tell us anything about that book and when we will get our hands on it?
Titled “Melchizedek’s Finest” it is already half-way through.

Have you written any other books ?
Another “quirky” attempt of mine is “Dear Mr. Alien“, a collection of short letters written by a child to an alien he hasn’t met, in order to convince the alien that the earth is worth not destroying it. Using the analogic mind of children, I present, in the words of young Paul, various sides of our lives on this planet. Dear Mr. Alien is mainly addressed to young adults.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Greek, born and raised, and I’m a playwright and a fantasy novelist in both Greek and English. I’ve been on stage with my plays and as a narrator with my stories and I enjoy the occasional chance to direct as well.

Favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Mikhail Bulghakoff, Douglas Adams and Robert Heinlein.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
Sure, here you go.

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