Author Spotlight: MK Mancos

This week’s author is MK Mancos. This is another author I met at Literary Love of Savannah. She’s such a total sweetheart on top of being a fantastic author. My mother absolutely loves her books. She’s a huge fan of her. I am quite the fan myself if I’m being honest.

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

The war for the Seelie Court is close at hand…

High school life is hard. Navigating cliques, clubs, and committees can be a full-time job for the uninitiated. Take me for instance, I never fit in and take great pains to keep it that way.

It’s harder to be aloof when the hottest jock in the entire student body asked me to help him figure out an odd energy stream he discovered in the woods.
Now, his girlfriend is bullying me, I’m making weird things happen with my mind, and my parents dropped the bomb that I’m one of the fae.

Learning my new powers isn’t easy when I’m fighting off attacks from the Unseelie, trying to decide if I’m going to prom, and finding out exactly what it all means.

I’m Peony Nash, and I’m one of the Castle Street Fae

A holy war rages in the Sangrah Provinces.

As the premier of the Order of Sopha, it is Kree Janus’ sworn duty to ensure her sect of sexual mystics survives the genocide waged by the Theocratic Council. Having traveled to the city of Kemar, she is trapped in a warehouse by one of the theocratic enforcers, a Druma warrior who hunts by pheromones. Captured and taken to a secret hideout away from the long arm of the guards, Kree’s survival now depends on the plans of her sworn enemy, a man who brings all her sensual desires and pleasures raging to the surface, even in the face of peril.

As a full Druma warrior, Eavan desMort has conditioned himself in all forms of torture. None of it prepared him for being so close to Kree and the sophatic alleles that course through her blood. Contracted as an enforcer for the theocrats, his assignment is to bring in the Sophite premier in for execution. However, the Druma have their own agenda which does not align with the country’s rulers.

Charged by his people to bring Kree to their settlement, he has taken vows to die for her if necessary. Nothing, however, prepares him for the overwhelming call of her flesh. It is a temptation that could mean the very loss of his honor if he gives in. It is a chance he is willing to take, to protect her from those who pursue them.

As the fugitives run for freedom, sinister monoliths are discovered, with technology so advanced Eavan and Kree must risk detection by their pursers to uncover the purpose and save their beloved homeland.

Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are there to protect the innocent.

Four hundred years ago, Tristain St. Blaise worked as an apprentice for alchemist Benito Achilles. An experiment went terribly wrong, fusing an entity to Tristain’s soul, turning him from an enlightened man of reason to one of dark passions. Now, to find some measure of redemption, he wears the mantle of a hired killer, protecting innocents and ridding the world of men like Achilles.

Angelia Lightheart has worked hard to purge her life of unhealthy relationships. One night in a dark Manhattan alley, she is saved from a would be rapist by a man who seems able to look through her very soul into the weary heart she hides from the world.

As Angelia and Tristain fall in love, his work as a contract killer brings him fact to face with the one responsible for his immortal state–endangering not only their love, but Angelia’s life.

When the corpse of an unidentified species is found in the woods near Pine Haven, New Jersey along with a human female, anthropologist Edie Campbell is called in by local law enforcement and the medical examiner to help identify the strange humanoid male. The discovery of a heretofore unknown species is thrilling for Edie, up until she realizes the creature recently mated with the human female.

Questions form with no apparent answers until Aidan LaMont arrives in Pine Haven to identify his cousin’s body. But the secretive Aidan hides as much of the mystery surrounding the strange creature as he explains, and Edie has no doubt that behind the heat in his amber eyes, he knows much more than he’s willing to tell.

About MK Mancos:

MK Mancos lives in Florida with her artist husband, Dave and irrepressible dog, Lily. When she isn’t dreaming of paranormal creatures falling in love, she is visiting the stars or parallel dimensions under her other pseudonym, Kathleen Scott.

Interview With MK Mancos:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?
I’ve published so many different types that I should really break it down by genre. However, I will say that most of my books contain some element of mystery and romance. Mystery because I love the intrigue angle and solving things, and romance because love makes the world go around. – My upcoming novels are a military fantasy/steampunk with dragons. The series is called Dragon Wars and the first novel is titled Brass Dragon. I hope to have that one out by Halloween. Also, coming out in the fall will be the sequel to The Host: Shadows. The second book is The Host: Bloodlust and features Julien St. Blaise and the daughter of Benito Achilles. If you haven’t read Shadows yet, I suggest reading it first before Bloodlust. Not that it’s really needed since both books can stand alone, but the overall experience will be much richer.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?
I’ve known since probably 8th or 9th grade. I used to write really horrible books during my summer vacations to pass the time and keep my mind occupied. I didn’t start getting serious about possibly writing for publication until I was in my mid-late 20s.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?
From my perspective an author’s craft is constantly evolving, so if I have doubts, I go back to basics and figure out what I might have done wrong and correct it. That being said, even Brandon Sanderson has said he has felt like a hack at times. If he can feel that way, then I’m in pretty good company. Though, in all honesty, the best medicine for doubts is to have someone tell you how much they loved your books.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?
Yes. I use my experiences working in healthcare for the past 30 years in a lot of my books. Not that I write medical-centered stories, but because it makes writing body trauma and illnesses so convincing. Even in my space operas, I’ve drawn on my knowledge to make gadgets used in medical bays seem plausible.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?
My easiest characters were from some of my earlier space operas. They just came to me fully realized. Also, the characters in my Castle Street Fae series. They spoke loud and clear in my mind. I simply took dictation for them. The hardest in terms of characters, I don’t think there have been any. There have been plots and situations I’ve been stuck on, and yes, maybe that does fall back on not having a good enough handle on the character and their motivation or driving force. Simply, not knowing what their next step should be.

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