His father is Hungarian and mother French-Italian. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. His articles have been published internationally in various magazines and sites, which is cited as a favourite past time of his. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.
What inspires you to write?
Travel, world events and isolation.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I’m writing, I need complete silence, isolation and coffee. I usually start early in the morning and write until dinner. I freestyle write- that is, I have a loose structure of how I envision the book going, but leave it completely open to random bursts of creativity and inspiration. I have found this method to work most naturally for me- when I’ve tried sticking to a structure, I find myself grinding out the results. What I think, believe and want out of a story changes every hour, so to take advantage of this in its most natural state, I need to freestyle write.
I don’t have concept maps, whiteboards, software or any other device. I keep it traditional as I’m most comfortable with working raw, without all the bells and whistles. A word processor is all I use. In my mind, I have a very clear visual for how the characters look, but I try to refrain from getting too specific, as I believe the most important part of a story’s interpretation is left up to the reader. Often, I won’t describe the main character in much detail- I want the main character to be whatever the reader chooses them to be.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As I write, I observe the characters in action. They take on a life of their own.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Find your own voice. Be confident enough to put your work out there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Originally I self-published Vagabond, which went #1 on the Australian iBookstore and entered the top 90 charts in the United Kingdom. Approximately 4 months later, I signed with my agent and another 6 months after that, joined Trident Media Group’s eBook division. I have two agencies, if that makes sense. Logically as a new author, eBooks are the best way to get your work out there. You can reach more people easily and since everything is going digital, it makes sense to evolve with the times.
I found the original transition from paper books to digital a little odd. Now the tables have turned; every time I pick up a paper back it feels like a relic to me. I’m so used to eBooks now that I rarely purchase hard copies. Advice for new authors? Go digital. We all saw what happened with the MP3 and iTunes. eBooks are not going away, so the most important thing for a new author to do is to establish a platform, turn their manuscript into an eBook and get it out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
eBooks have only gained momentum over the years. The publishing industry is not exempt from technological change. We will always have hard copies, but with instant gratification on the table, plus access to new, exciting authors and hard-to-find books, eBooks may eventually win the lion’s share of the market.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Thriller, Inspirational, Magical Realism, and Coming of Age.
What formats are your books in?