Interview with Kikkina Rihki Destinu-Bantano
I am a New England (America) writer who graduated in 2009 from writing college. I decided to do this after I started to write my first saga when I was 15! It took me seven years to finally publish it! I love angels, I am inspired by angels.
Can you tell us a bit about your book, Angels in the City that Doesn't Sleep?
Here is the synopsis of the book:My name is Chrysti Neopli. I am a fifteen year old New Yorker. For the most part I am like any other teenager from New York. My parents are divorced and live in two different states. My mother lives in New York and my father lives in Maine. The only difference I have that most teenagers don’t share with me is that I am an innovative living angel. I am not by the book at all. I was born as a living angel and was raised in New York City as a human until I was eleven. That’s when I found out I had blue wings and that I had powers most people could only dream of. The truth is as an opportunity comes into my life I don’t want to go to Heaven again. I had been to Heaven before and it didn’t end well. I really don’t fit in there, just like I don’t fit in with anyone in New York either. I constantly split between Heaven and New York. The only thing different this time is the opportunity seems like it was given as a sign to make me deal with the past which I have to make extremely hard decisions to save the future of my friends.
How did the idea for the book begin?
The truth would be the fact I had just moved to a different town and everyone seemed to have forget about me. Inspired by angels and always loved the feathered wings, I decided to write about a girl who was always stuck in the middle of the fact she was a living angel, split between Heaven and New York.
Why did you decide on a teenager as a main character?
I think when I began writing it, this was the age bracket I was in and I could relate to her.
What first interested you in the fantasy genre?
I love to write fantasy genre because anything can happen and anything is possible. It isn’t like real life where you are stuck sometimes an ending to a story you wish never happened.
What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
The very first page! I always begin to write it and to me it will never sound perfect. I keep going at that first page for a very long time. I have in several cases rewrote the book because of the first page didn’t get the hype I wanted.
Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you have a certain writing routine?
I search for a lot of different pictures online, so I can visually picture them and describe them in my books. (For example, Azeen, a pure black tiger. I honestly never realized that there were such a thing)
Who has inspired you as an author?
I have been inspired by A LOT of great authors out there!! The one that really inspired me with his own story would be Ray Bradbury with the fact he kept writing and never stopped. People told him his books would never make it, and now they are classics!
What’s next for you?
I am going to continue writing the ‘Angels in the City that Doesn’t Sleep’ Series!
Kikkina Rihki Destinu-Bantano was born and raised in Maine, where she lives a quiet life.
She began writing at a young age and at fifteen she wrote Angels in the City that Doesn't Sleep. She set it aside for years until she was twenty four and then decided to have it published.
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