I have a special author to introduce to you today. Cara Violet is an author who released her book "Kaianan" last month. I found her book intriguing. Take a look.
Kaianan (Kaianan Trilogy) Paperback – July 19, 2020
by Cara Violet (Author)
2020 EDITIONKaianan, a defiant Gorgon Princess, lives peacefully with her family on the faraway planet, Rivalex, until her Coming of Age changes not only her life but the whole universe’s path.
· Paperback: 311 pages
· ISBN-10: 0995366748
· ISBN-13: 978-0995366749
· Publisher: Thorpe-Bowker (July 19, 2020)
· Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.78 x 8 inches
· Reading level: 13 - 18 years
· Language: English
Cara Violet - Author
Kaianan (The Kaianan Trilogy)
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
Born in Melbourne Australia, I grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne with my mother, father, and older brother, before shifting to Townsville, Queensland, at age four, only to return at age eight due to the disillusion of my parents’ marriage. My father remained in Queensland while my mother, brother, and I returned to Melbourne. My childhood was influenced by fun in the sun, a quiet brother who loved science fiction movies and computer games and reading as a form of escapism.
My mother’s family is Armenian. My mother, born in Cairo, Egypt, traveled with her family as a legal immigrant to Australia when she was six years old. My father’s side is English, with my grandfather, Ernst born in Mansfield, England. With a mixed background, a commonality in modern Melbourne, I found it easy to fit in at high school despite loving school purely for learning. Attending Essendon Keilor College in Melbourne, I took part in the school debate team, enjoyed winning Best Speaker awards, and honed in my skills as a writer.
Spending years in educational sales after graduating from MONASH University in Melbourne with a Communication Degree, I felt something missing. My love of Kaianan had begun at twelve, and while I paced through my twenties, this world in my mind had grown exponentially. A whole universe had started to form in my mind where a young girl could speak up and be heard as if equal to the prime minister or president. I loved reading my brother’s comics on Marvel and Star Wars, and it was from there, where I was initially unable to find communication to express myself that the Siliou universe was born. Kaianan took hold of the voice I sought to define.
Politically, I believe all people are capable of decision making and developing a voice; if we acquire the skill when we are young, we may have greater legislative powers to make a significant change in our community and revolutionize the way we do things. Fiction is fun, and as Alexander Solzhenitsyn says, it must address the social and moral dangers of current society. I currently reside in North Queensland Australia and love animals and supporting foundations like the SMITH family in Australia, who focus on assisting children below the poverty line access literacy and numeracy resources they may be unable to source for themselves.
What inspired you to author this book?
Kaianan was initially inspired by the Dragon Ball Z story of Goku, and his evolution into a Super Saiyan to fight to save Earth. The women in the first season of the Manga cartoon were unable to evolve, and I found myself wishing there was a female character I could create that could be just as powerful, if not more so than Goku. Since I was twelve, I have doodled about her for years on notepads and uni books. The inspiration for the Coming of Age story that surrounds the tumultuous trilogy was further influenced by my own personal, single-parent family experience through adolescence. Kaianan’s characteristics revolve around her emotional instability. Her formation into a monster is what sparked me to mold realness into a beast. I hated myself for my emotional outbursts as a teen. I honestly believed that’s just what some people can become monsters. No one to listen or hear me out, so the only option for attention was anger. As the trilogy progresses, Kaianan becomes an understanding of emotions, and I hope to inspire young women with their uncertain outlook on themselves.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The Kaianan image is relative to the monster we’ve known in Greek mythology, Medusa. Our heroine is a Gorgon, born in Layos on Rivalex in the Roame System, Felrin Galaxy. In Shakespeare’s folklore, the eyes are the window to the soul. All my books in this series have focused eyes on the reader, who is about to enter the mind of the third person narrative of the various characters. The Gorgon form is a symbolism of how we perceive ourselves at our worst as monsters.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My biggest influence in terms of writers, away from the classic of Tolkien’s LOTR, would have to be Brent Weeks. It was when I read The Way of Shadows Trilogy, that I then believed my own story had a place in New Adult epic fantasy. When you develop complex ideas and crazy notions of world-building, you tend to believe it’s possibly too far-fetched for people to grasp. As much as I loved reading all the YA classics, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass, Twilight, etc, it wasn’t until I read Weeks’ trilogy that I found inspiration click with high end fantasy and what my imagination was producing. His writing gave me faith in myself, especially when he specifically states a writing group had turned him down in the early stages of writing his first manuscript. Perseverance can be inspiring.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
It’s really been a juggling act for me to complete the whole series. I was first an intern while sketching the skeleton draft of Kaianan at age eighteen. As a graduate in a corporate career, I spent most of my spare time writing and writing to solidify the Siliou universe. It’s been a long process to not only create the roller coaster ride story, but also cement the way of aura, and the fantasy elements in the series. As soon as I got that sorted, I felt more confident. I’m also a highly sensitive person, so it’s taken me a few years after wanting to pursue writing full time to expose myself. I possibly prematurely released Kaianan in 2016, to failure. Still, I have persevered to know, developing my skills, and taking the time to establish the idea of the Siliou universe; my dream would pay off.
Tell your readers about your book.
The evolution of the human taxonomy, the Siliou universe, was born when homo sapiens evolved into homo captious. The genus, now prevalent throughout the universe, is clarified in the narratives of aura, The Felrin Originals, as the advancement and use of gravitational force by its evolutionary civilizations. Kaianan is a coming of age story in this new time of evolution. Of a Gorgon princess born on a faraway planet, Rivalex in the Felrin Galaxy run by the Felrin Congress of the Universal Order. We meet Kaianan alongside her Giliou Guardian Xandou, and Felrin Liege Dersji Brikin at the Layos Manor. Upon her Coming of Age ceremony, all three characters spilt up, and their narratives are monitored as each of them discover new paths. With memory loss, Kaianan must flee and navigate directives from Xandou while her home planet faces another civil conflict. Not worthy of the fight, our young princess meets a new world of homo sapiens, known as the form before or preform on Earth, and gaining experience on her time there, confronts her own beliefs realizing change is formed within.
Exposing deceit and long-standing traditions as inefficient, Kaianan embarks on finding her place in the Felrin hierarchy and what her purpose will be if she is to be given an opportunity to make change. Back in time, cross worlds, through war, under scapecrafts, and loving and losing the people she loves, the trilogy forces change upon our protagonist, with the most vital of decisions about who she will become.
Who is your target audience, and why?
This would suit the YA to NA young woman, although many boys have enjoyed the series because it does have multiple character perspectives. The focus is to ensure those, especially young women sixteen to twenty-two, know that they can have a voice. A silent crowd is an observer who believes they have nothing important to say, the Kaianan trilogy is written to undo that, and explicitly explain, that who you are, your emotions and complexities are exactly what the world and humanity need to evolve.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Completing this series so far. Never giving up on it and the purpose that has driven me from the early ages of my childhood. If I can assist and encourage a few young girls to be themselves, find out who they are, and live in that space, especially those below the poverty line, I’ve achieved every success possible.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
This isn’t your run of the mill first person or singular outlook fantasy story world. You will meet up to fifteen characters in the first few chapters of book one, move across several planets, and be expected to keep up without constant explanation. This is a keep-you-guessing adventure of action, differences, and acceptance, as pieces fall into place with the more content you consume. The story is riddled with mystery and fun, learnings and emotions, and most significantly, which is why I write, the motive to ask questions, to inspire various viewpoints, and the joy change can bestow upon you in the direst of circumstances. It explores the political persona of each individual and questions why it is we settle for the nomination of power to people exactly like us. We are phenomenally capable as we are, in all different fields with expertise to advance our society and communities. The Kaianan story is unique in the sense; it doesn’t just take a story of entertainment and make it profound, on its journey, it encourages acceptance of self and addresses the current social and moral dangers young women face today in a media-centric, social status world of visual technology, and its parallels between disconnection of self to suit what society expects of you to the challenging and intricate pursuit of being your true self.