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Author Interview A P Von K’Ory
What are four things you can’t live without?
Family, horses, chocolate, cashew nuts.
What is your favorite television show?
The annual Eurovision Song Contest. Contestants come not only from Europe but also all the way from Australia over Uzbekistan to Israel. It’s spectacular!
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Scarlett O’Hara of Gone With the Wind – despite the work coming from an era and background of ethnic and racial prejudices. I know she was manipulative and selfish, but she was a survivor and a rebel. She rejected societal conformities (like my family maintain I did), fought for what she wanted like a lioness regardless of the consequences and spoke her mind even if it would land her in a heap of trouble. She was passionate about her causes and, once meeting her man in Rhett Butler, also passionate sexually. All that match my Phoenix nature.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
My next story, the one I’m passionate about most (because I always have more than one string to my bow!), is about a woman who suffered dreadful sexual, physical and psychological abuse in her childhood. But instead of growing up to become a submissive woman of a weak person needing to be “saved” by someone else, she becomes a formidable Alpha woman with her own company and taking whatever she wants in life regardless of the consequences. What excites and interests me in this story is the way society would applaud her character if she were a man, but accuse her of being an aggressive b-word because she’s strong.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Here too, I’d say a combination of authors, because what influences me are stories and how they are told. Particularly how women are depicted. I tend to like socially critical stories, like those of Hermann Hesse who appealed for self-realization and had a liberal culture outlook especially for Eastern mysticism. In a more current time, I like Margaret Atwood. In erotic and erotica, I’ll pick up a Jodi Ellen Malpas, Samantha Young, J. Kenner and Sylvia Day.
Golden Shana: The Chase
by A P von K’Ory,
GENRE: Erotic Romantic Suspense
“… for those who love selective eroticism with substance. An exciting and sophisticated erotic thriller for the astute romance reader, woman or man.”
Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him.
Roman can’t get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?
Then there’s Marie, his current companion, who has a life-changing surprise for him.
Roman: I never chased after a woman. Then I caught a glimpse of the woman I would kneel for, but didn’t even know her name. Heck, I determined to find her if it took me the rest of my life.
Shana: He stood in the room with her. The frisson in the currents freaking between them knocked her senseless. The mutual force of predator and prey, blasting into her core … her soul … Danger. Keep far away from him
Was it love I felt for Svadishana? A woman I’d spoken three whiny words – Please call me! – to? Was it more than simple lust and desire? Did I want to possess more than just her body? Pondering these questions alone was so unlike me. That woman had turned me into an alien even unto my own self. What I felt, my inner voice said, was more than the thrill of the hunt. More than lust, desire, need, passion, the excitement of possession, and subjugation. Of course all that was part of it. But the basis or the source, the seedbed on which all that sprouted and was growing to full blossom in me, could well be something else.
When I thought of her, saw her image from Milan in my mind, watched how she moved in long smooth strides in YouTube, my brow beaded with sweat. I couldn’t pull my gaze away from the few photos I’d fished out of the Internet. Group photos at a family birthday or the authorized biography of her father. Her movements in a YouTube conference clip were springy and powerful even in their smoothness. She exuded strength all over the place, laughing, talking, gesticulating.
A breath-taking beauty. Such beauty that I dared not believe it at times.
And brains to go with it.
In love or not, I knew what I wanted and Svadishana was the answer. I wanted her and would do anything short of suicide to get her. Who knows – perhaps when it came to that as the only means available, I’d really murder too. I didn’t in the least care about the consequences, as long as they got me to where I wanted to get to.
Svadishana’s arms and knickers and… heart?
What obsession, Roman. Get back to real. No chance. Real was Svadishana.
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A P von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Von K’Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.
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