T M Lakomy, welcome Tamara! This is another author interview in the Author Spotlight series and I am sure you will enjoy this one.
T M Lakomy (Tamara Lakomy) was born in London, but grew up as a tribal girl in a North African repressive regime. She spent her childhood between the slums of Mellasine and the affluent neighbourhoods in Tunis.
Tamara went on to study archaeology and became enamoured with the shamanistic practices of indigenous people.
She is now an author and poet who seeks to challenge our notions of reality, and see life with a different perspective.
Tamara works in East Africa with indigenous tribes studying the origins of mankind and the salient golden thread in the tapestry of humanity’s beliefs.
T.M. Lakomy’s new book The Shadow Crucible is available here for pre-order:
Why do you write?
I write to preserve my sanity in an insane world. Writing and storytelling is part of my cultural heritage, wisdom and generational knowledge gets passed down through tales. I have a deeply philosophical streak in my character that I express through writing and conveying messages through fables.
I have a deep desire to show the world stories from another culture and a different take on fantasy, pushing people to examine the roots of their beliefs.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on my second book Sol Invictus, which is high fantasy with a touch of horror as usual. I tend to weave dark elements into my writings as I explore the more sombre parts of human imagination and nature.
From where did you draw your inspiration to write your latest book?
From my research into shamanism and Gnosticism, two topics that aren’t really explored in fantasy on a greater level. I have always had the themes germinating in my mind over the years, but through my archaeological studies, I became quite enamoured with the esoteric aspects to religious philosophy.
Which writers had the most influence on your decision to write?
It sounds very clichéd, but it began with Tolkien as a small child, but then I grew up reading myths and legends of all cultures and that deeply marked me; the richness and moral lessons beneath the layers of magic. So, it has been the likes of Andersen and La Fontaine that left their mark on me; these amazing people created stories that made you think and reflect, not hesitating to teach harsh lessons.
What was the last book you read?
I just finished re reading La Princesse noire by Serge Brussolo, I am introducing my nephew to the world of fantasy books, so I have been exploring what I used to read at his age. It is quite enjoyable actually, seeing the books that shaped my interest, I have been consistently interested in dark fantasy!
Do you suffer from writers’ block?
Not really, the main issue I have is getting so attached to a character that I create a separate story around them and explore them, then I naturally need to leave it behind and return back to the storyline. I tend to develop a strong attachment to my characters and that can slow my ability to weave a story if I persist on meandering into their background.
Biggest frustration as an author?
I am traditionally published, but I can assure you, I do not lack frustration. In fact, I could write several novels on the topic… it is a tough journey, regardless of the manner of publication.
Reviews for books are vital. Any tips on getting more reviews?
I suppose its whether you can generate enough interest to entreat bloggers and readers of books to leave you reviews. Garner their attention and interest and invite them to read it, I find authors are more generous with their time that way.
Do you use social media? If so, do you like using it?
I tend to use Facebook frequently, as it’s my preferred manner of communication and feels more intimate. I am getting to grips with Twitter, and so far it has been an interesting experience. I am quite a shy person but I still love engaging with people.
Who is your biggest fan?
I believe my mother and partner are equally my biggest fans. They have really supported me and encouraged me to write.
Many people have a bucket list. What is #1 on yours?
Becoming an established author, it’s one of my greatest ambitions.
Any special message for your readers?
There are always layers of meaning in my writings, always messages, sometimes philosophical, sometimes political. Fantasy is merely a veneer and a conduit. I grew up in a country that had no freedom of press nor speech, so we developed a talent for weaving intricate messages into seemingly innocuous stories.
In a world where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies.
Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All organized religions are shops orchestrated to consume mankind. Every deity, religion, and spiritual guide has been corrupted, and each claims to have the monopoly on truth and salvation.
In a perilous game where the truth is distorted and meddling ancient deities converge to partake of the unseen battle, Estella unwittingly finds herself hunted by Lucifer. Traversing the edge of hell’s precipice, Estella and Mikhail are reduced to mere instruments. Their only means to overcome is through courting the Threefold Death, the ancient ritual of apotheosis—of man becoming God.
The Shadow Crucible is a gripping epic set in medieval England where the struggle for redemption is crushed by the powers of evil. Tamara Lakomy is a new and compelling voice in the world of dark fantasy.
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