Interview with Mario Costas

When did you first start writing?
Around the age of nine or ten. I did a few short stories for class, I can remember one was well received while another was deemed too violent.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After watching some low budget made for tv vampire film that we have all seen how many times now, I came to realise that there wasn't many vampire stories based in the future. Plus I was getting fed up with all these ancient vampires that walk among us now. I wanted to see or read about someone from our time, becoming a vampire and heading off into the future.How would he or we react? Would it be better than now? At the time I was coming up with ideas for a sci-fi novel and was stuck on a vampire revenge story so I blended the two together. Plus I also wanted to explore the mental aspect of being a vampire and living for so long. Four years down the line and Blood Rooted is what came from that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't think big publishers would be interested in another vampire series so I decided to go my own way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being allowed and able to create. Besides the two I just stated, it is quite remarkable to see how an idea evolves over time. If I were to compare the first draft of Blood Rooted to what it is now, there is hardly a comparison, and for the better.
What are you working on next?
Next up is a novel about a serial killer as well as the sequels to BR.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My matress, horrible thing it is. After a few hours sleep my back is sore, that is enough inspiration to get up and do something creative.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My earliest memory in this case is reading the children's book A Wrinkle in Time. I can't say it impacted me straight away since I was more into films at the time but it did open me up to the world of sci-fi and fantasy since I wanted to read similar stories about space and strange creatures.
Describe your desk
There's a PC mounted on either side, both of them dead I might add. There's a 37 inch tv I got for free since it only has one channel thankfully it's the tv chanel. A keyboard, a mouse and a few Terminator action figures in inappropriate poses here and there.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Cyprus which is a place where sports especially football dominates. I on the other hand had always hated sports so I would retreat to my bedroom and either read a book or watch a film.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well I love my three fans (dad, sister, girlfriend) very much and they mean the world to me. If I were to gain more because of my work that would be great.
Published 2014-07-02.
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