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Fantasy has always been part of M. K. Theodoratus’ life, starting when she starting playing with an imaginary friend when she was three. Comics, books, TV, and movies followed throughout her life. A northern California girl, many of her Andor alternative-world stories are firmly rooted there. Today, she lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two lap-cats, and writes when she’s not wasting time on social media.

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Heroes come in all shapes.

The war for Andor has lasted a century. Humans and their allies, the Angeli, fight demons from another plane who need a warmer planet to hatch and raise their young. Trebridge becomes Ground zero when Abraxas, a minion of the demon Prince Vetis, opens a secret portal into the city. The demons’ goal is to build an army to subjugate the city before the humans realize they are under attack.

Standing in the demons’ way are two disparate groups: the humans of Andor and their Angeli allies who command gargoyle warriors.

Leading the four gargoyles guarding Trebridge is Gillen, a proven war hero who uses magic to fight demons. But Gillen is an outcast, mocked for his tuft of hair that normal gargoyles lack. It’s up to him to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of his command, in spite of dissention in his ranks. When Gillen asks the Angeli Commanders for reinforcements to fight the growing demon menace in Trebridge, headquarters send four human teens from the projects.

The leader of the humans is Britt, a 14-year-old half-Hispanic girl who is one of the four magic-possessing Chosen. But Britt was never trained in the art of magic, and like most girls her age, spends her days preoccupied with school and romance. Like Gillen, she must rise above her station in life–if she is to save the ones she loves.

But Gillen and Britt are facing formidable demon foes, Abraxas: a chicken-headed demon who possesses several humans as part of his plan to build the demons’ base in Trebridge and power-hungry Prince Vetis who is his commander. Neither will let the deaths of expendable humans get in their way of the conquest.

In There Be Demons, author M.K. Theodoratus spins a brilliant tale of good versus evil. In this thrilling Young Adult fantasy novel, unlikely heroes rise to challenge a relentless enemy. Join them as they risk everything to save their city.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

No. I’m a “lackadaisical” writer. I sit in front of my computer and people appear during my drafting stage. Then, comes the hard part. Putting all those craft skills writers are supposed to have to hone a story. I guess that writing outlines makes it easier, but I’m not organized to enough to write an outline that has all the character, setting, and motivation stuff needed for a coherent plotline.

I didn’t even consider myself a “reader” until I was in the sixth grade so I can’t picture myself a “born writer”, though I’ve read the term a lot.

Guess I should explain that. I’m dyslexic—not only do I reverse sideways but up and down, too. Not being able to complete those stupid reading sheets in the second and third grades convinced me I didn’t know how to read. I did like to look at the pictures in books, though.

What was your inspiration for There Be Demons?

I was wasting time looking at gargoyle pictures and started wondering.

Gillen [one of the four Gargoyle Guardians of Trebridge, it turned out] kept appearing in my mind while I played cat-lap. The guy had problems. Demons were invading his city, and his commanders were slow to send reinforcements, all the while one of his squad was plotting to usurp him. When I wrote the short story, Night for the Gargoyles, it turned out the reinforcements were four teens from the projects.

There Be Demons got written after I kept wondering how Gillen managed to survive. Must say the current published version is not the first interpretation of the story.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Now you’re getting into stuff I don’t know how to analyze. But my care for “the little guy” comes through loud and clear in There Be Demons. My editor told me Britt was a “reluctant hero”–after I’d spent years thinking she was a teen trying to put the shards of her life back together. Guess my mind doesn’t reach that level of abstraction.

Guess another way of putting it: people’s preconceived notions can be wrong more often than not. I don’t have much respect for “authority” figures, either.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Frankly, I can’t remember. I know I finished the short story that inspired the book, Night for the Gargoyles, before 2010. The semi-finished book was sitting in my computer when I had the second book of a possible trilogy ready to copy-edit [On the Run]. Out of sentimentality, I decided to let Britt and Gillen’s story see the light of day which meant I had to go back and rewrite and edit and rewrite again. That part took some six months.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Excuse me while I laugh myself silly. “Organized” is the last item on my list of character traits. Yeah, I try to write most weekdays…if I can avoid social media, news feeds, solitaire, and mahjong. On productive days, I get about 500 words written. Rewriting, another obsession, doesn’t count.

I squeeze the business and research bits of writing into the rest of the day. Evenings, I usually goof off because my brain is too tired to think.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Converting my ramblings into a coherent story.

What do you love most about being an author?

Why should I “love” being an “author”? Being an author is predicated on being published. More important is playing with ideas and watch it grow. Always love it when a character appears out of nowhere to take care of an important point in the plot.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

Okay, I’m an old lady. Most of my early friends are dead already. You think a traditional publisher is going to waste money on me? Get real.

There Be Demons is self-published…but with a lot of help from skilled people who can do what I can’t and/or refuse to learn. I have a wonderful editor who used to work in film, teaches developing writers, and helps people break into the system. For the mechanics of putting a book together, I went to a local outfit called Wooden Pants. They do “co-operative” publishing efforts.

I think a decent book has emerged. If it isn’t, the faults my own for not getting all the craft pieces put together.

Where can we find you on the web?

I have a website at www.mktheodoratus.com which I’m in the process of revising, if I find the energy. I have begun to build a new blog at www.mktheodoratusblog.com, but I first have to figure out how to use all the sites web-building tools. Then, I have to learn how to collect email urls for a mailing list. Writing a book is only the first step in the publishing process.

My social media are confined to four places: Pinterest [https://www.pinterest.com/kkaytheod/], Twitter [https://twitter.com/kaytheod], and GoodReads [https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5067004.M_K_Theodoratus]. My Facebook author page is probably the best place to get a response from me. Search for M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer.

 

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