Sunday, 29 June 2014

Lykaia (The Sophia Katsaros Series #1) by Sharon Van Orman: Interview

Lykaia (The Sophia Katsaros Series #1)
by Sharon Van Orman 
"We are the terrors that hunt the night.And we have never been human"

In Greek mythology there’s a story of King Lykaonas of Arcadia and his fifty sons who were cursed by the father of the gods, Zeus, to become wolves. The very first Lycanthropes. Forensic pathologist, Sophia Katsaros, receives a cryptic phone call from Greece telling her that her brothers are missing and leaves to search for them. With the help of Illyanna, her brother’s girlfriend, Sophia examines the evidence but cannot accept a bizarre possibility: Has one or both of her brothers been transformed during the Lykaia, the ceremony where Man is said to become Wolf? Who is Marcus, a dark stranger that both repels and excites her? And what is the real story behind the 5000 year old curse of King Lykaonas?

Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Spore Press LLC

Sharon is a full time writer. She lives in Nebraska with her family and a collection of animals including ones that were chosen and others that did the choosing. 


Q & A with Sharon Van Orman

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Sophia Katsaros is an American of Greek heritage. She is forensic pathologist and loves things that makes sense. She takes solace in routine. Facts are friends and, in her world, magic doesn't exist. But then her world changes and she is forced to deal with the fact that nothing is as it seems. I greatly enjoyed writing Sophia. She is smart, brave and has a sarcastic sense of humor.

Q:  Where did you get the idea for your book?
I was doing research for another story when I stumbled upon the myth of King Lykaonas. The notion of the first lycanthrope fascinated me but I didn't have a reason to use it. And then Sophia showed up and gave me a reason.

Q:  How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?

I've been writing for a long time. I still don't think of myself as an author. I'm a writer. Calling myself an author makes it sound like I had a choice.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
That you don't have to write a book from page one to the end. That you can write sporadically and in pieces.

Q:   Hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I love hard back books. But I have stacks of well loved paper books.

Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A volcanologist.

Q:  If you could be any supernatural creature, what would it be?
A shifter

Q:  What book are you reading now?
The Crystal Singer. I've read it before, but I recently grabbed it off my shelf to read again.

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