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'This first-time author is set to make her mark!' Sydney Morning Herald.'Historical Fiction at its Best.' Courier Mail
A Critically Acclaimed Best Seller, both in Australia and internationally, where it was translated into four languages, Temple of the Grail is a philosophical Tour de Force for history buffs and fans of the Medieval detective genre. Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder... France, 1254 High on a mountain in the Pyrenees, the monastery of St Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements heretical acts are said to take place and there is the rumour of a secret - a secret so dangerous that its keepers will kill to keep it hidden. At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St Lazarus. Andre a Templar and his young scribe, Christian, have been sent by the King of France to oversee the investigation. But when monks begin to die in gruesome circumstances, Andre and Christian, with the antichrist at their heels and the inquisitor watching their every step, try to unravel the secret of St Lazarus and find themselves drawn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.
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Who is your target audience?
AK: I write books that I would read myself and I like complex mysteries, multi layered thrillers that are textured; books that need your full attention. My goal is to engage the reader and to have him or her participate in the imaginative process. I also love playing around with language and usually try to tailor it to the era of my story. So, I guess this means that those who are after a fast read don't usually 'get' my books. I suppose I write for people who like milieu and atmosphere, who love language and historical mysteries tinged with the supernatural and religious.
What do you hope your readers will get out of your books?
AK: I hope that at the end of reading my books my readers will have questions about the world we live in, about history and what we consider truth and fiction, because they have been given a different perspective.
Is there more coming?
AK: I am writing the fifth book in the series right now, making my Quartet a Quintet: Ghost Club and the Devil's Alphabet is a story set in London in 1888 around two real historical characters George Albert Smith (the father of UK Cinema) and Douglas Blackburn (who invented short hand). They were both entertainers on the Brighton stage and were involved with mesmerism and hypnotism. In my book they become entangled in a web of intrigue surrounding the death of a mutual friend. They stumble unwittingly on a strange club that appears to be involved in the Jack the Ripper Murders. I'm having a lot of fun writing it!
What makes your books unique/outstanding?
AK: They are a series but they can be read in any order because they are only loosely woven together and so each book can stand alone. They interconnect like puzzle pieces.
What is your writing process?
AK: I work a 10 hour day. I have a rough sketch of what I'm going to write, the themes and characters and the plot and then I just write. After that I do a lot of editing and I end up with a multitude of drafts which eventually I hone into a book. I guess my books are narrative driven and that means I'm often surprised to find out things about my characters that I didn't know!
How do you cope with criticism?
AK: Well, that is very hard because we all love our work to be loved, but in truth it is unavoidable. As writers we are creating concepts and imaginations that may not suit all readers. I guess if writing is to develop as an art then popularity can't always be the focus. Writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Herman Hesse, were ahead of their times and some of their books were unpopular until the readers really discovered their work - sometimes years later. This means that in some cases by the time a book becomes popular and is praised universally it is already outdated as an art form. But that isn't to say that popularity isn't great - who doesn't want money in the bank? When I first made it to top five in Pan Macmillan's Best Seller list I was over the moon. But for me I can't make it the main focus of my writing. I write because I love writing what I write. Could it be better? Always. Do I listen to advice and criticism? Yes, but I also remember that I have been frustrated by books in my youth that later in life have become life changing. My favourite quote is from Lessing's introduction to "The Golden Notebook": Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty." Books tend to find us when we need them and we all have different needs.
Sydney Morning Herald.'This first-time author is set to make her mark!'
The Blurb - Magazine for Australian Arts and Entertainment 'Not only did I find this book tantalising, engaging and thought provoking - it allowed me the rare indulgence of reading something I was not going to rush through, finish and quickly move onto something else. I know anyone looking to read something dense with emotion, imagery and imagination will not be let down.'
Goodreads'Finally! A well written, thoughtful murder mystery! Monks, murders, knights, inquisitors and a cracker ending!'
Brisbane Courier Mail 'Historic Fiction at its best.'
Even though this book is one of a series (Rosicrucian Quartet) all the books stand alone and can be read singly or in any order.They interlock like the squares on a rubik's cube.
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Book Description Zuriel Press, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0987462067
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