Please welcome author T.M. Lakomy to THE KATY blog today!

I am T. M Lakomy (Tamara Lakomy). I was born in London but grew up as a tribal girl in a North African repressive regime. I spent my childhood between the slums of Mellasine and the affluent neighborhoods in Tunis. I studied archaeology and became enamored with the shamanistic practices of indigenous people. I am an author and poet who seeks to challenge our notions of reality and see life with a different perspective. I work in East Africa with indigenous tribes studying the origins of mankind and the salient golden thread in the tapestry of humanity’s beliefs

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What made you first want to write? Any books, people, or movies that inspired you to fulfill this dream?

I have always been inspired by real life events and experiences around me. My own archaeological studies fuelled my interest in the occult and the esoteric, so it’s been my love of the immortality of literary works and the effect they have on people that pushed me. Most of the women in my family are storytellers, I loved the mixture of folklore and myth underscored with dark themes of their own lives.

What draws you to writing fantasy?

Fantasy is the perfect conduit for constructing a world that is similar to ours, less boring, and free, in which you can pull back the heavy veil of reality and take people on a journey of discovery. It is easier to explore themes and ideas that are perhaps less palatable in another form, as, above all, fantasy gives the best form of escapism possible. It is easier to invite readers to rethink the cornerstones of their beliefs through the vehicle of Fantasy, inviting them to a different reality where they haven’t been inculcated to have prejudice.

Why do you feel people are drawn to reading fantasy novels?

We all deep down wish we lived in a different world, where there was more magic and where the mundane routines and hardships are not in vain. People love good stories, before we used to gather round fires or next to our elders, listening to stories rife with secret meanings and hidden messages, and we haven’t changed. Then there those among us who prefer worlds where anything is possible, built on ethics and rules that differ from our current status quo. We seek to find ourselves in stories, to discover something within us that cannot be expressed in this current world.

Tell us how you came up with the idea to write “The Shadow Crucible.”

I have many answers to this and they are all true; the characters germinated in my mind for years, growing out of ideas that flourished over time, robed with the various layers of virtue, vice, and intricacy. The themes, however, relate to my archaeological interests and my own research into occult knowledge. I have always been vocal about blind dogma and the mental slavery that we suffer. it may not be apparent, but we are still unraveling centuries worth of brainwashing from religions that have turned us one against the other. I seek to find the salient thread connecting us all beyond it all and seek the awakening of humankind.

What are you working on next? Any hints?

I am polishing up my second novel called “Sol Invictus”. It is Fantasy/Horror and delves into the topic of genocide and colonialism, eugenics and the power of indigenous people. Again, fantasy is a veneer for my message.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep going and do not quit, do not take easy shortcuts and wait for the right time. Setbacks, delays, disappointments are all part of the long term game.

If you could live in any book world for one week, which world would you choose and why?

Tolkien’s world naturally. It has sorrow and despair, ineffable beauty and valor that is severely lacking in our world. And perhaps I don’t particularly enjoy being human too much 🙂

What do you do when you aren’t writing?

I love botany; I enjoy cultivating medicinal herbs and expanding my knowledge of astronomy. I also love attending lectures on occultism and widening my horizon. I also cook for friends and enjoy making cocktails while I spend time with my feline owners.

“My writing is a window into my mind, but I bury it often beneath the weight of allegory and metaphors.”-T.M. Lakomy

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