Nov 28, 2013

Dishin' It Up with @ADKoboah, author of The Darkling Trilogy


I’d like to welcome author A.D. Koboah, author of Dark Genesis to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I think I’ve always known. I’ve always loved books, and have been writing since school, although Peace was the first novel that I actually finished. But I gave up on my dream for years and it was only when I was made unemployed in 2005 that I started writing again, mainly just to take my mind of what was quite a grim reality at the time. But I was watching Romancing the Stone the other day, a film I used to watch all the time when I was younger, and which I loved mainly because the main character was what I wanted to be, a successful writer. I honestly can’t describe the immense joy I felt when I saw that film again after so many years and realized that I had actually fulfilled my dream of becoming a writer. Now I just have to work on becoming as successful as the main character in that film:-)

Dark Genesis is a vampire story that takes place during the time when slavery was still practiced in America. Best thing about it? A vampire falls in love with a slave! I’ve never read a book like that and I loved it! I have to know...what inspired you to write this amazing tale set during such a tumultuous time in American history?

It started with the vampire character. Dark Genesis was actually inspired by the Twilight novels. I don’t mention this often because I think a lot of people tend to jump on the Twilight bandwagon because they want the same kind of success. But I remember watching the film, the parts when Edward would climb through Bella’s bedroom window so that he could watch her sleep at night, and thinking that as much as I loved the character, he was just that little bit stalkerish. It made me think about how very different the book would have been if Bella hadn’t been instantly attracted to him. 

I’ve always been interested in the vampire legend, but didn’t think that being a vampire would be as glamorous as it has been portrayed recently as it is something that is bound to dehumanize and isolate a person from society. Thinking about these things made me picture a lonely, tragic vampire figure standing outside the ruins of a burnt chapel, the chapel embodying his inner decay after years spent in isolation. And in trying to work out the type of heroine that would be able to understand the soul of this vampire, and fall in love with him, I could only realistically come up with the image of a young woman who has suffered, as he has, and has also been dehumanized: A slave called Luna. It started from there and everything else, their flaws and the things they have to overcome stem from the society they live in and the effect it has had on them.

Sum up the relationship between the main characters, Luna and Avery, in three words.
Unique, haunting and epic.

If Dark Genesis were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
This is a difficult one, but I’m working on a screenplay of the novel, and like the maniac that I am, I already know who I would want to play each character and I have the trailer worked out in my head and it would be set to Katy Perry’s ET. But Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time along with As by George Michael and Mary J Blige are two songs that I listen to a lot when I’m working on the trilogy as it sums up Luna and Avery’s love for one another.

Your writing touches on very sensitive subjects. Dark Genesis with slavery and your other release, Peace with drug addiction. Is this a trend we’ll see among your future writing projects?
It is hard to say. The thing that links those two themes is the subject of dehumanization. In Dark Genesis Luna is dehumanized by her experiences as a slave, Avery by being turned into a vampire. In Peace, the main character is dehumanized by her addiction to heroin. I can’t say for sure whether this is a trend that will continue in my future work, but people can expect that my novels will be innovative with strong female characters.

Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I can work either when it is quiet or with music. I’ve discovered classical music recently and so I tend to listen to that when I’m writing as I think it is relaxing and helps free the imagination.

Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Toni Morrison’s Beloved. I love anything by Toni Morrison, who I consider to be a living legend, and her writing sets her work way above everything else out there. Khaled Hosseini is another really gifted writer and A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite novels. I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin recently and thought it was a really powerful novel.

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
I just love it when people say that they stayed up late reading because they could not put my book down. It is such a huge compliment because as a lover of books, I have deprived myself of sleep on so many nights because I’ve been so caught up in a book that I just could not put it down, so it is a huge compliment to hear people say that about my work.

What we can expect from the rest of the Darkling trilogy?
The thing that worries me slightly is that the books in the trilogy are very different from one another. So I think people should approach them with this in mind and that (if I achieve what I set out to do) the writing style will be very different for each book as they are narrated by three very different characters.

Thanks so much for gracing us with your presence!
You’re welcome. I enjoyed answering your questions and really appreciate your interest in my work.

Meet A.D. Koboah
I am of Ghanaian descent and spent the first few years of my life in Ghana before moving to London which is where I have lived ever since. I completed an English Literature degree in 2000, and although I have always written in my spare time, I didn’t start writing full-time until a few years ago. My debut novel Dark Genesis was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanisation. I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanise others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanised. This led me to Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi DJ

    Thanks for your wonderful interview. I really enjoyed answering your questions.

    All the best,

    ADK. x


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