I have an interesting new author to introduce you to today. Konn Lavery is a Canadian
horror and dark fantasy writer who is known for his Mental Damnation series. The second book, Dream, reached the Edmonton Journal’s top five selling fictional books list. He started writing fantasy stories at a very young age while being home schooled. It wasn’t until graduating college that he began professionally pursuing his work with his first release, Reality. Since then he has continued to write works of fiction ranging from fantasy to horror.
His literary work is done in the long hours of the night. By day, Konn runs his own graphic design and website development business under the title Reveal Design. These skills have been transcribed into the formatting and artwork found within his publications supporting his fascination of transmedia storytelling.
Let's get to know him a little bit better. Hello Konn, welcome to An Angell's Life of Bookish Goodness! What is the current book you are promoting?
The current book I am promoting is my new release, Dream: Part 2 of Mental Damnation. This is the second edition of the novel and has been released on September 13th. For those that are not familiar with the Mental Damnation series, the books went through a massive overhaul back in late 2016. The first editions of the books came out in 2012 and 2014. Since then I have learned a lot of do’s and don’ts with narration clichés and polished the series with second editions.
Dream is the second installment of the Mental Damnation series which follows the protagonist Krista who is diagnosed with the brain disease, Mental Damnation, where she sees vision of hell during her dreams. The series is a lot like Lord of the Rings meets Alice in Wonder Land. It has fantasy elements of paladins, spells and mystical races mixed in with the weirdness of a dreamscape realm.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Personally my favourite character is Malpherities. He is a lot like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland, expect he is creepier and vague. He is a ghoul who follows the protagonist, Krista, both in the real world and the dream world known as Dreadweave Pass. He says he is here to help her deal with her ‘gift’ of realm crossing and guides her throughout the day to avoid trouble and at night when she is in hell.
Wow. Malpherities sounds like quite the character. What inspired this book?
The inspiration has mutated drastically over the ten years since its conception. The original manuscript of Mental Damnation was written back in high school in 2007. Since then the book has evolved and altered from its original conception. The series inspiration has rooted from my nerdism with the Warcraft franchise and the Lord of the Rings. Since then it has been influenced from my heavy research into philosophy and spirituality. As seen in the subtle undertones of Dream and the third, unreleased novel.
What is your next project?
I have several on the go :) The next immediate release will be the third installment of the Mental Damnation series which is due for 2018. I also have a thriller novel and horror anthology in the works which are aimed to be out in 2018-2019. These two novels are quite different from the Mental Damnation series and share more similarities to my stand-alone novel, Seed Me.
The life of an author, always so many pokers in the fire! If you could never write again, what would you do?
By day I am a contract graphic designer and web developer. Running my own business is a handful on its own. Yet I never sleep, which is where I have time for writing. If I were to give up writing entirely I probably would be more invested in my music, which is a hobby of mine. I’ve been a huge fan of industrial music all of my life and have always been intrigued with the concept of forming a band within this genre and touring. With my life as it is, I am far more invested in telling stories and writing than I am recording music and playing shows.
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