Interview with debut dark fantasy author T.M. Lakomy

Dark fantasy
author T.M.
Lakomy
(Tamara Lakomy) joins me today and we’re chatting about her new
novel, The Shadow Crucible: The Blind God.
Welcome, T.M., please tell us a little
bit about yourself.
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 neighbourhoods in Tunis.
I studied
archaeology and became enamoured 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.
Please tell us about your debut novel.
In a world
where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two
conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds
herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to
subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a
systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies.




Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs
and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of
the lucrative trade in human souls. All organized religions are shops
orchestrated to consume mankind. Every deity, religion, and spiritual guide has
been corrupted, and each claims to have the monopoly on truth and salvation.
What inspired you to write this book?
The characters
have been germinating in my mind for years, I was always enamoured with ancient
religions, specifically how they mirrored each other. The insatiable desire of
humanity for a messiah has influenced civilisation to a much larger extent than
we believe. The desire to believe we are god’s children and precious souls is
the core of our religious identity, and I wanted to challenge the blind dogma. My
archaeological studies and my own exploration into the esoteric led me down a
path of challenging the cornerstones of our core beliefs and the roots of our
schisms.
Excerpt from The Shadow Crucible: The Blind God:
“Behold these immortal stars that forever bear
testimony to the stories of earth, no matter how they may be distorted. While
we mock them for the tiny light they give out, one has only to depart earth and
draw near them to realize we are nothing but dust in their proximity.”
The king smiled, his eyes hooded. “We watch and
observe, and have relinquished the stewardship of earth to mankind, for our
time is over. But the pathways of the Twilit, which we built, are forever open.
And so the tenuous thread that holds our worlds apart remains, precariously
thin and fragile. We watch but do not hinder. You have killed all the beauty of
the earth. Its immortal spirit lies in a mire of its own blood, for you have
drained her of magic. By erecting the stark steel of blind dogma you
established Samael as your beacon. That is why your churches are fallible to
rot and ruin.”
The elven king drank deeply from his goblet and
held it to the moon. “To the everlasting miracles!” he cried out softly, and
his countenance darkened briefly like a passing storm. “You worship the god of
lies, whether in churches or as heretics hidden in secret covens. And you war
against each other, proclaiming the other damned. But you are all lost, for the
many houses of human religion are held by the string of the same master
puppeteer.” His face held bleak judgment. “But there are the righteous among
us,” Mikhail responded meekly, “who strive to bring the holy laws of mercy to
earth and establish justice. We do what we can with whatever knowledge we
have.”
The elven king lowered his eyes to the ground, and
when he lifted them imperiously they were as yellow as amber. “We are demons to
you, and your people are responsible for our death in this sphere. We forgive you
not, for you have robbed us of our rulership on earth, though in that you have
all paid a price.” Mikhail stayed silent, diverting his gaze towards the merry
folk. “Demons they became,” he finally spoke, “and the Horned God made into the
devil that we revile.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Sol Invictus, a Fantasy Horror, which blends numerous
experiences of mine growing up in North Africa, in a culture that still
practices occult forms of black magic, enduring many social blights. I have
used my own stories as fuel for my inspiration, taking unsavoury topics and
dressing them with a veneer of fantasy, but the themes are quite real and
contemporary, highlighting issues and fears that plague us today.
The power
struggle between the Cult of the Sun King, seeking Apotheosis; man becoming
God, aided by his faithful followers the Silver Brigade, to find his soul a
vessel and the Shrine; the indigenous tribal magicians whose hoarded relics
hold djinns powerful enough to thin the veil between life and death, holding
the key to the forbidden necromantic Arts.
The impediment
to the Sun King’s plan is the enigmatic Narya, a crime lord who forsook her
guild education and the Shrine’s protection, shrouding her identity in mystery,
and Maxilan the deadliest lieutenant called also the “White Devil”. Maxilan
discovers his draw to Narya to be the fulfilment of his destiny; also his
demise, resulting in him facing the reality of his purpose, the eugenics
program that created him.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
When my
publication date approached.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I co-founded
blueprints.org, and although it takes most of my time, it creates this need and
desire within me to write. My business side and my writing life are two facets
of the same coin.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I take
inspiration from my dreams and lucid visions. I tend to incorporate a lot of
the personification of my subconscious world, sometimes allowing it full rein
to see where it will lead me. There is much psychoanalysis going on in my
writing, numerous layers to a scene and to a character.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Many
things, I wanted to be a botanist, an astronomer, then a university lecturer.
I have always
chosen fields that are close to nature whether it is our environment or the
study of humans.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I include
many hidden messages in my writing, and if my book stands the test of time,
then perhaps they will be uncovered.
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Thanks for being here today, T.M.

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