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Author Q&A with @konnl | Mental Damnation Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC / eBook #Giveaway | #DarkFantasy

The Mental Damnation Series by Konn Lavery is on virtual book tour. The dark fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author interview...



The Mental Damnation Series by Konn Lavery is on virtual book tour.

The dark fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card of an ebook set of the Mental Damnation books 1-3 (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).



What book do you think everyone should read?
It depends on what you're wanting. As creative types, everyone should read Stephen King's On Writing.
On a broader level, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.
There are more in-depth philosophical books out there, but this one is the most rooted in realism.


How long have you been writing?
Since I was eight, so just over 20 years, professionally, I started in 2011, and my first book Reality came out in 2012, so we'll say eight years.


Do the characters all come to you at the same time, or do some of them come to you as you write?
It ranges depending on the book. The common theme is I end up scrapping characters or merging two of them into one more complex character.


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do a ton of research for each book. Research is fun because it takes you down strange paths you wouldn't usually go down. I've been to my city's armoury. I've found online dating sites for prisoners. I've interviewed public service (police officers & RCMP) professionals. I've read religious scriptures and have been on academic-level biology forms to confirm details.

Research is fun because you are introduced to so many new things.


Do you see writing as a career?
I do and have turned a profit, a small one, but it is something that I put back into the next book and a good meal. My primary income is still freelancing as a graphic designer and web developer. Always, I keep looking at new methods of making writing my full-time job.


Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I do read a lot. Oddly enough, I read more non-fiction in the realm of social sciences and philosophy. For fiction, I do love horror, thriller, and sci-fi.


Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I write anywhere and everywhere. My best writing is done early in the morning, where I do put on strange instrumental music that suits the book. Lyrical music is distracting while writing.


Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Usually, I focus on one book. I have a number of them in various states at any given time, but they sit until I reach a milestone for a book. Those milestones can include finishing the first draft or sending it to beta readers or the editor, or while managing marketing for a new release.


What made you want to become an author, and do you feel it was the right decision?
Telling stories is my joy of writing. I've dabbled in all sorts of art forms to tell stories and still do. In my teens, I've made board games, videogames, cartoons, comics, and stop motion films – all of them were terrible, by the way. In the end, I kept gravitating to writing literary fiction because I could focus on the story and not worry about the medium's craft as much.


The advice they would give new authors?
Write a ton, and take your time. You can build your author platform without even having your first book out. Share a sample here, show something else there, but build up hype. The incubation period of not having a book out is powerful because it gives you the freedom to explore and find your voice.
If you have a book out, just keep writing and keep bringing work out. Building an audience is a long and slow process.


What makes a good story?
If the reader gets flashes of the story at obscure times after they've finished reading it. Then you know you've done your job. If they don't, the story is forgettable.


What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I have dabbled in both pantsing and plotting. For a long time, I plotted, and now I am going back to pantsing. All of my short stories on my blog are pantsing, and they've felt like the most authentic work I've done. They're also the most fun.


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I guess original. I've also worked on giving the reader what they want. For the Mental Damnation series, and the Rutherford Manor series, I knew there was an audience that the stories should match with. My other works and short stories, not so much.


What's the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Most of my protagonists have been female oddly enough. I have varying female beta readers to go through it because I am male. On occasion, they point something out, saying that's not really how most girls would behave.

In the end, it hasn't been difficult because I've paid attention to what people say. As writers, we should always listen keenly to what people say. Snoop in on conversations, on the bus, at a bar, or listen closer to the conversation you're having with friends/partners. Then you can adopt the voice of another sex, age, or profession.


How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
My writing has gotten faster, I've gotten better, and have gained more confidence in the words I write. Mortal took me a year from the first outline to launch. I've done others like The White Hand or Fire, Pain, & Ruin in about eight months.

Mental Damnation: Reality 
Book 1 
by Konn Lavery 
Genre: Dark Fantasy 


Banished to the Underworld. A Ritual. The Disease. 

Enter the rich mythical world of Konn Lavery's debut novel containing a military dictatorship, cults, and politically-driven gangs. 

After Krista's people were banished from the surface by the humans, they were reduced to violence and hatred. 

She and her only friend, Darkwing, survive as street kids as their people's leaders become crazed from an unknown disease - Mental Damnation. After their infection, the Guardians develop a bizarre interest in her, claiming they must reap her innocence for their newfound master, the Weaver. 

Krista has limited options for survival: Does she fend for her life in the City of Renascence, or risk leaving everything behind and enter the uncharted realm of the underworld?

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"Konn Lavery has taken me into his mind and carried me on a richly woven tapestry of metaphors for the human condition."- Amber, Goodreads Reviewer

"Both well-written and well thought out, Mental Damnation is an instant classic and I can't wait to see what happens next!"
- Joshua Grant, Goodreads Reviewer

"When I finally got into the actual book, I found myself unable to put it down, even reading it on my break at work"
- Dawn Herbert, Goodreads Reviewer 

**Only .99 cents!** 



Mental Damnation: Dream 
Book 2 


A Fallen God. The Marking. Damnation Has Begun.

The ritual set everything in motion for Krista in the continuation of the Mental Damnation series hinting at the afterlife, and a lurkingevil.

Gatekeeper Danil found and used her in an unholy event which completes Krista's infection of Mental Damnation.

It is the very disease that collapsed her leaders and wreaked havocamong her people, how will she maintain her sanity through the visionsof hell?

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"Lavery writes an extremely good book: captivating, highly descriptive, emotional and hauntingly poignant."
- G.J. Griffiths, Goodreads Reviewer

"The world Mr. Lavery created is absolutely captivating and the illustrations beautiful!"
- Cassandra Larsen, Goodreads Reviewer

"I'm invested now an will continue to follow this story in the next book."
- Jenae (Jeni), Goodreads Reviewer 





Mental Damnation: Purity 
Book 3 


Krista allies with a fallen paladin as the Weaver sends his deadliest servant after her.
The Mental Damnation series continues in a high fantasy tale of forbidden love, banishment, and fallen warriors.

Krista's hope of escaping Dreadweave Pass lessens as the Weaver sends a fallen angel to capture her. Will her allegiance with a corrupt paladin be enough to triumph?

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"Book three in the Mental Damnation series picks up perfectly and continues with Krista's story. There is a lot of action, drama and suspense"
- Sheri, Goodreads Reviewer 





Mental Damnation: Mortal 
Book 4 


Damnation ends. The Afterlife is at war. Krista must fend for herself.

Mortal is the concluding novel of the dark fantasy series Mental Damnation. Follow Krista as she descends further into Dreadweave Pass and fulfilling the path of a warrior set by her father, reinforced by her allies. Will Krista manage to escape the land of the damned? She fights to return to Darkwing in the mortal realm, as he struggles to rescue her. Home is no safe haven either, for her people and the humans are on the brink of an all-out-war. 






Konn Lavery is a Canadian author whose work has been recognized by Edmonton’s top five bestseller charts and by reviewers such as Readers’ Favorite, and Literary Titan. 

He started writing stories at a young age while being homeschooled. After graduating from graphic design college, he began professionally pursuing his writing with his first release, Reality. He continues to write in the thriller, horror, and fantasy genres. 

He balances his literary work along with his own graphic design and website development business, titled Reveal Design (www.revealdesign.ca). His visual communication skills have been transcribed into the formatting and artwork found within his publications supporting his fascination of transmedia storytelling. 





$20 Amazon giftcard, ebook set of Mental Damnation books 1-3 (1 winner each) 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! 






1 comment

  1. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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