Interview with Karina Kantas


Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Karina Kantas amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her new book Huntress!
Please read on …


Huntress takes you into a unknown world of outlaw motorcycle clubs. After learning that the Wolves, London’s notorious motorcycle club, were responsible for the murder of her uncle and the death threat given to her parents, Sofi vows revenge. Using her journalist skills she makes the mistake of infiltrating the Wolves.
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So Karina, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

Hi folks my name is Karina Kantas I’m from the Midlands in the UK but I now live in Greece.

2. What brought you to writing?

I’ve always been a storyteller. I love being able to escape from reality, even if it’s just for a little while.

3. How many books have you written?

I have five books published

In Times of Violence – YA urban thriller
Heads & Tales – short story collection
Lawless Justice – urban thriller
Stone Cold – YA supernatural thriller
Huntress – urban thriller

I have a two book fantasy series called Illusional Reality and another urban thriller called Road Rage.

4. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since high school, but I wasn’t published until I moved to Greece.

5. Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

The first novel I ever wrote was In Times of Violence. It’s a YA urban thriller about a sheltered teenager who moves to London for the summer. She falls in love with Marcus, the head of a vicious gang called the Tyrants. Feeling as though she’s finally found a family and a place where she can belong, Jade then discovers there’s a price she has to pay to be feared and respected.

6. Is this your new/latest project?What inspired you to write your (latest) book?

My latest novel (WIP) is a MI5 thriller called Broken Chains. The novel is based on a short story I had published in Heads & Tales and is inspired by the UK TV show Spooks.

7. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I love traditional paperbacks and my house is full of them. But it’s a digital world we now live in and sales of e-books are overtaking paperbacks. My titles are available in both formats. Yes, I have a Kindle and Yes, I love it.

8. Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Here is a sample chapter from my latest release Huntress. Enjoy.
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

9. What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

My other hobby is singing. I used to sing in a rock band and now I just grab a microphone at karaokes whenever I can.

10. Who is your favourite author?

Gosh, that’s a hard one. I’m reading so many great new authors at the moment. Deborah Harkness definitely makes the list as does the greatness of Tolkien, and in my opinion two of the best thriller authors around, Patterson and Koontz.

11. Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?

Every author’s style is different. I love reading a book where the author is telling the story without too much creative writing. A simple, easy and exciting read. I like to think I’m one of those. Just enough detail to picture the scene and you’re not bogged down with unnecessary details that stop the flow of reading.

12. What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

I love reading fantasy, thrillers and horrors and when I’m in the mood, also enjoy chick lit. I write in most genres as you will see from Heads & Tales, but my favourite genre to write in is urban thrillers as I have such a passion for the bikers’ lifestyle.

13. Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

All successful authors inspire me. If they can do it, why can’t I?

14. Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

Even when writing fantasy, you have to have a little reality mixed in. All my novels have a piece of me in them. TV shows and books also help me come up with new ideas.

15. Do you have a pseudonym?

No, my pen name is my own. I’ve nothing to hide.

16.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

When I first started out, I got burned pretty badly by a “so called” Christian publisher, who as far as I know is still selling my book illegally. You learn by your mistakes and it certainly makes you cautious. I’ve been searching for a literary agent for a long time now. I’m almost at the point of giving up. Thanks to the internet there is fierce competition and because my books fall into a new genre, agents just aren’t willing to take a chance. I’m hoping that someday someone in the business will have the same passion I have. Huntress is published traditionally by Marion Margaret Press and I’m hoping my next book will be published mainstream.

17. Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

Well if dreams come true, I’ll be a bestselling author, with a super agent and publicity team and I’ll be hosting book tours all around the country. Back to reality…. As long as I have readers, I’ll continue to write, promote and publish my work.

18. What motivates you to write?

Money! lol No, I write for the sheer pleasure of it. I have so many stories to tell that if I don’t get them down on paper my head will explode.

19. How important is good cover art for your books?

Extremely. Readers do judge a book by its cover, then it’s the blurb and then the ratings and reviews. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some fabulous artists who were able to give me what I wanted.

20. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

If the price is too high readers won’t buy. I make less money on a paperback than I do on an e-book and an e-book is so much cheaper for the reader. Mine start from 2 pounds/ $3. It’s a win- win situation.

21. How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

It’s funny you should ask that. I just forced myself to finish a book series that was so bad I can’t believe the author found an agent let alone was published and won awards and now there is talk about a film. Yes, it makes me angry and frustrated. But I’m also jealous that their book/s found the right person at the right time.

22.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

Stone Cold is a YA supernatural thriller, an easy enjoyable read.
Heads & Tales shows what a versatile author I am. With twenty eight flash and short fiction in the genres of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comedy, romance and thriller, it also includes prose and even a poem.
As for my urban thrillers. In Times of Violence, Lawless Justice and Huntress, readers will be taken on a journey into the unknown world of outlaw motorcycle clubs. The novels are fast, raw and thrilling.

23.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0982929587
US – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0982929587

24.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

Author’s website: http://www.freewebs.com/froget
Face book fan page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karina-Kantas/31754864225
Twitter name: karinakantas

25. What advice would you give to other writers?

Never give up your dream and listen to any advice people in the industry give you.

26.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

I can’t stress how important it is for readers to rate and review books they read. So please, take the time to review. Also, you can help authors by tweeting and posting their links on your websites and facebook pages. Please feel free to share this interview with the cyber world.
I’m always happy to chat with my readers, so come and say hi. I don’t bite (honest.)

  • Thank you Karina Kantas for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Huntress By Karina Kantas

    CHAPTER-6

    My reunion with Buzz was one that made me swear I wouldn’t be parted from him again. I didn’t realize how much I missed him until I was back in his arms. He wouldn’t leave my side, and was openly affectionate to me in front of the Wolves. Not in a vulgar way as he did before; marking his territory, displaying to the pack that he owned me, and I would do anything he said. He was considerate and loving; it was a side of Buzz I hadn’t seen before. Against my better judgment, I was falling in love with him.

    I knew he wanted me, sexually. I couldn’t understand why he never tried to take it further. I thought women were supposed to be the ones who played hard to get. Was it that he didn’t like the act of sexual intercourse, or was he just using me for foreplay? One month on, and I was seriously questioning my sexual appeal.

    I saw Buzz nearly every night. He’d pick me up somewhere, or we’d meet after my gig. Then we’d go for a ride, park up, and fool around. However, he always took me back to my bike. I’d yet to spend the night.

    Then on a Tuesday evening, we were around his place, and had decided to stay in for the night. Around eight thirty, he left to get a Chinese takeaway.

    Buzz’s apartment was small. One bedroom, bathroom, open kitchen and small lounge; modern in décor with grey painted walls, chocolate coloured door frames, and stylish silver and glass cabinets and table. My eyes locked on his music system, and as I went to check it out, I tripped over the edge of the blue shag rug that covered most of the tiled floor. The plasma TV was also top of the range. Like all the rest, it impressed me, but didn’t surprise. What with the amount of money he was likely making from the Wolves’ illegal activities, he could afford the best.

    Buzz didn’t live in a bad part of the East end, but then again, the apartment wasn’t on a rich estate either. The district suited his needs, I supposed. Close enough to the clubhouse, his brothers, and any action.

    The apartment was tidy for a bachelor, but that wasn’t surprising since he hardly stayed there, preferring to crash at a Wolf’s house or spend the night with a woman. Oh, yeah, he told me exactly how it was. But I didn’t feel jealous. If he was playing around, at least I was getting more of his time than Mandy or the others were. I hoped he’d been spending more evenings at home since meeting me. I hoped, but I doubted it.

    Feeling restless, I went into the kitchen and stood by the beige twin sink, while I washed up glasses and some coffee mugs. I wanted Buzz to see what he was getting, that if he stuck with me, he’d be looked after in every capacity.

    I heard the front door open and close and the sound of plastic bags being put on the kitchen table. The aroma of crispy duck wafted past my nose.

    Buzz crept up behind me and grabbed me around the waist. He was soaked, and from the manly scent, I knew it wasn’t raining outside.

    His wet T-shirt pressed against my back and his sweaty cheek nuzzled my neck.

    I turned and took an intake of breath.

    His hair was dripping from sweat; his cheek held a red welt and his lip was bleeding.

    “What the hell happened to you?” I gasped.

    “Ssh,” he said, putting his finger to my lip.

    His knuckles were cut and bleeding as well.

    I opened my mouth and sucked at his finger. I knew he wasn’t in the mood for talking.

    Reaching down with his other hand, he lifted up my skirt. His sweaty skin and scent were tuning me on. Whoever found the other end of Buzz’s fist, sure gave my man a good workout.

    He picked me up and carried me into the bedroom. His panting and groaning as I licked and kissed him told me he was just as excited as I was about the next phase.

    I wanted to ask him why now? Why had he waited so long? But I kept my questions to myself, closed my eyes, and enjoyed every orgasm he gave me.

    God, I knew making love to Buzz was going to be something special. He was experienced, knew what I wanted, which buttons to press. I thought the first time would be just wild sex. It never occurred to me he might be a considerate lover. He told me how much my body excited him, and that he loved a curvy woman. He was dominating at times, ordering me into different positions, and grabbing my legs to open or bend them further.

    After three hours of kisses, foreplay, and intercourse, we lay beside one another while our naked bodies glistened and dripped with sweat.

    I was silently giving myself a score for my performance and wondering what Buzz would score me as, when he turned his back to me.

    “I think it’s best if we don’t see each other again.”

    My score went from a nine to zero.

    Was I that bad? I pulled him onto his back. He was going to have to face me if he was dumping me.

    I stared at him. I didn’t know what to say. We’d just spent hours making love, and I was sure he was satisfied, and then he threw me away. Maybe that was the way he treated all his women. What made his full time woman special? What did Mandy have that I didn’t?

    “You’re a nice girl and shouldn’t be anywhere near the Wolves or me,” he said.

    “Where’s this coming from? Did I do something wrong? Am I not good enough?”

    “Shit, Dior, it’s not that. If things were different. A different time and place, I probably wouldn’t let you out of my sight. But you’re too good for this lifestyle and me.”

    “Fuck, not you as well, I’ve had this shit from my friends. Buzz, I know what I want, and it’s you.” I caressed his cheek, but he sat up and started to dress.

    “You don’t know what the fuck you want. And you don’t know shit about me. There’s nothing exciting about being a Wolf. And associating with one will cause you nothing but trouble.”

    “But surely that’s my decision to make?” I argued.

    There was no way I was allowing him to walk away. I was so close. I had him where I wanted, and now he was pulling away. I know he was warning me off. I had an idea of what I was willingly going to experience. What I didn’t realize is what I would be getting unwillingly.

    He shook his head “You’re not listening to me. I don’t want to see you again. Leave here, go home, and don’t look back.”

    “Buzz, don’t do this, please. We can carry on seeing each other. The Wolves don’t need to be involved,” I lied. “I need you, not them.”

    “I’m a Wolf,” he yelled. “You can’t have one without the other. I’m an outlaw biker. I have a record. I’m a drug dealer. I carry a gun. I’ve fucked more cunts than I care to remember. Do you get it now?”

    He walked out without another word. The door slammed shut and I wept into the sheet as his words echoed through my head.

    He’d given it to me straight; told me who he was and what life as a Wolf was going to be like. Half of me wanted to run back home, only then I remembered why I was in London in the first place. It wasn’t to fall in love; it wasn’t to become a member of the Wolves.

    I had been sidetracked. I hadn’t given much thought to where and how I was supposed to pull off my stupidly daring achievement, but I knew my need for revenge must take precedence over any emotions I felt for Buzz.



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