Newly minted author Hannah Lokos has stopped by today. Her first book, Labyrinth of Lies, was released earlier this month
Hi! I’m Hannah.
Who am I?
I’m an author who happens to be a full-time college student (biology/pre-med major). I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since I was five. I’ve loved writing for literally as long as I can remember. As soon as I could read, I wanted to write. I started writing short stories and simple poetry when I was in kindergarten. Of course, I wanted to use words that I often couldn’t spell. So, I would wait for my dad to come home from work and then ask him to help me spell them. Ever since then, I’ve dreamed of becoming a published author. I wrote my first full-length novel when I was fourteen, but to this day, it remains under my bed. When I was eighteen, I attempted the feat again, this time going all the way. I did all of my own representing and wrote all of my own cover and query letters, and last spring, I received an offer of publication from Champagne Book Group for my novel entitled Labyrinth of Lies. It was released on December 2, 2013, and I couldn’t be more excited!
What is my book about?
Labyrinth of Lies is historical fiction mixed with a smidgen of romance. Basically, it's the backstory to a Greek myth. Because every story—even a myth—is based on a kernel of truth, my tale proposes a truth at the heart of a tangle of lies.
Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
"Something foul is afoot in Ancient Greece. Athens is bruised from a previous war with Crete. Worse still, King Minos annually demands fourteen Athenian youths to be fed to the Cretan Minotaur, which is locked inside a maze. Theseus has grown up amidst this tangle of pain. When his own beloved, Zosemine, is taken to be fed to the Minotaur, Theseus finds himself at the heart of a web of conflicting motives, with the sense that even those closest to him cannot be trusted. Questions abound. Why is his father so ashamed? What is King Minos hiding? Is the Minotaur even real? And if not, what truly lies at the heart of the labyrinth? Little does Theseus know that all the various plots, motives, and secrets all weave around one terrible truth. Theseus must navigate the labyrinth and see past the masks, to slay the Minotaur."
When I was writing Labyrinth of Lies, I wanted to write a story that took an old and dusty tale, twisted it a bit, and gave to it a surprising rebirth. Hopefully, that is what I have done. Please help me spread the word!
What I would have done differently:
Most authors will agree that writing a book takes a lot of effort. It was no different in my case, yet after all that I’ve been through with this novel, I have learned some things. One of the major lessons I’ve learned is this: there is very little that cannot be accomplished by hard work. You do not need a publicist. You don’t need an agent. You don’t even need to be an adult or have an English degree. What you do need is a goal, the determination to both gather and use the skills needed to get the job done, and the perseverance to see it through. I wish I would have learned that a bit sooner.
Also, I would have started outlining earlier! I read a book once that said something to the effect of: “Well, see, you don’t really need to write an outline for your book. Just simply sit down at your computer, start typing, and see what happens. Wing it!” This is probably the WORST advice I have ever been given. Maybe you don’t NEED an outline to write a book, but it is certainly very, VERY helpful. If you don’t have an outline, you have to reorient yourself with your story every time you sit down to write. You have to constantly worry about where your plot is going next. But if you already have at least the core points written down, then it takes much of the stress out of writing. You can sit down and write a bit as you work your way gently down the outline. I find it helps me to preclude numerous bouts of writer’s block. All in all, having an outline to refer back to can make the difference between spending ten years writing your novel and ten months.
Where can you find my book and/or me?
You can buy my book from my publisher at: http://burstbooks.ca/product.php?id_product=114
You can also buy it for Kindle on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Of-Lies-Hannah-Lokos-ebook/dp/B00H1ZC0NW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
And you can get in touch with me through:
My website: www.hannahlokos.com