Interview with Anil Luxor Kardes

When did you first start writing?
I started writing 5 years ago, in 2012.
What motivated you to become an author?
I've always been a big daydreamer, creating my own world whether it be a story, music or just a simple image. I've always liked the idea of being the creator of worlds. I'm drawn to the supernatural have been since I was a child. Life is quite boring with fantasy and I like to add more colour to the world than there already is. It's an incredible thing to create something and then share it with others. The biggest joy is to put a smile on someone's face with your work.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am currently writing a trilogy called 'Gods Of Tomorrow'. The story takes place in our world in the future where God has died and with his death a new race of Demigods is created. These Demigods however have no ties to Heaven or Hell. Heaven finally sends its fourth prophet down to Earth to fix everything and bring back order but once the prophet is down there he realises that Demigods aren't even the biggest problem.
What are you working on next?
I've currently finished writing the first instalment of 'Gods Of Tomorrow' and working on the second one now. However, I am also working on a prequel story called 'The Forgotten Prophecy' which will be available for free, whereas the trilogy will not.
What is your writing process?
I listen to dramatic and theatrical music on my headphones, close my eyes and live the lives of my characters in the stories that I create. Music is what puts me in the correct mood to write a certain scene. Because of this, I write when I'm angry, sad, happy, stressed, etc but only when the mood reflects that of the one in the scene. That way, I believe, I can match the right tones and emotions of the characters and truly understand what they are going through.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing it with others and successfully entertaining them, capturing them with the worlds I have created.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Experiencing something I haven't experienced before.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have fans at the moment but many supporters instead and every person than joins in supporting me motivates me to work harder and more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music that will motivate me to write more. I am also gamer which is where I have gotten most of my ideas from, as well as movies and other books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was some sort of a fan fiction book I wrote about a character I had created on a PC game called 'Elder Scrolls: Oblivion'. It was about the life the character had after the events of the game. It was actually an English literature assignment. I remember getting a good grade for it and it was really fun writing it as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I read was 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. I remember getting it as some kind of present by a cousin of mine and I recall looking at how big the book was and saying there was no way I would ever finish reading it.
However, it was a very easy to read book, incredibly entertaining and once I did finish it and surprise myself in doing so, I immediately had a desire to read more books. I kept challenging myself to longer books and I ended up being one of the kids who read the most books for 3-4 years. Reading was a delight!
What is 'Gods Of Tomorrow' about?
It's always hard to reply to this question because there is a lot happening in 'Gods Of Tomorrow'. There is one main plot but there's 2-3 other sub-plots that greatly affect the main plot.
In the first book, readers will be introduced to one of the main characters and a pretty ordinary life. It all goes downhill rather quickly from there. You will immediately be introduced to a world in the future that looks recognisable but is far from it. There's two worlds within one, completely blocked off from each other due to war.
I hate this question because I end up going on and on so I'll try to shorten it.

Something drastic happens in Heaven. It affects the entire universe. Changes Earth greatly. A second Big Bang happens. Turns a good third of the population of the world into Demigods. War erupts but no one wins. Demigods settle in America and the Humans stay in Europe and Asia and defend it. This is just the prologue part. Happens back in the 27th century. The actual plot starts in the year 3000. Demigods want to control the world now. Heaven has been trying to fix things since the Big Bang but barely make a dent and once they realise the Demigods want war, they send in their biggest gun.

To sum up the rest of the plot really fast, Heaven sends in a fourth prophet, gives him more power than the previous three to sort things out, but the moment he goes down he realises that there's a bigger problem than the one they thought they had.
How many books are you planning on writing?
I have no idea. A few years ago this started off as a hobby. I've changed the story countless times but then I came across a very cool plot. I wanted to make something outlandish yet very realistic. I believe the lore I've created to be magnificent, that it cannot be limited to a mere trilogy. I'm already struggling to keep all my ideas into the three main books.

What I have planned so far are four books but there's already a possibility for a fifth.
I have 'The Forgotten Prophecy' that I am working on now and should be finished some time mid August and published (for free) some time in September as an ebook. It's a short story that acts as a prequel, not to the main plot, but to a sub-plot. The story was made to explain certain details that are briefly gone over in the first book, such as events that are talked about but not in detail. It's also a great story to read to get introduced to half of the main characters earlier.

Then we have the main trilogy: Statera, Diabolus and Deus. The titles translate to Balance, Devil and God, each title reflecting what the themes of the main plot.

If I end Deus on a particular note, one that I'm still debating with myself, I could possibly make another book following right after it. I have made notes and they are interesting notes. The story arch will dive deeper into what the general lore is about, meeting characters that are beyond our world. I kind of have a title for it but it is a big spoiler on all of the books, so that will be a well kept secret for a long time.

There is one other small project I am interested in doing. It'll basically be a short book with several episodes, none linked, following new characters and their experiences during the great war between Demigods and Humans. I'm planning on calling it something like 'The Chronicles of Immortals".

So the answer is six... so far. Should be fun.
Published 2017-08-10.
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