The Book Bar had an opportunity to visit with Author De'Kari aka Khatari. We wanted to get to know a bit about the man behind the pen. I've read a few titles from the catalog of Author Khatari, and I can guarantee you don't close the book without evoking emotion. He has the uncanny ability to transcend you into the scenes of the story.
As a reader, keeping an open mind in our reading and trying new authors make for interesting adventures. It is my pleasure to introduce to you Author De'Kari aka Khatari!
MAB: Tell us a little about yourself...how you were drawn to the written word.
My love for writing starting when I was a child. I would use writing as a way to escape my surroundings and dysfunctional childhood. I also loved reading all kind of books so as I got older my love for writing continued and I decided that I wanted to be an author.
MAB: You are published under Author De’Kari and Khatari, what prompted the decision to have two pen names?
I guess I would say I wanted to get my feet wet and try something different. My books under Khatari have been romance and a suspense thriller different than my street lit under De'Kari.
MAB: Be sure to check out his releases.
Author De'Kari presents...
Author Khatari presents:
MAB: What gives you inspiration for your book/s?
Real life events, people that have crossed my path and things I create in my mind.
MAB: Are your characters based on real people or did they come solely from your imagination?
Both, I would say 65% real life and 35% imagination.
MAB: Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?
I would say all of the above to make a great book. But most important I would say is the plot then the characters if I had to choose but as I stated it's all important.
MAB: What do you enjoy most about being an author? And what’s the most challenging?
I enjoy the fun of writing, creating something people will enjoy reading. The most challenging would be getting new readers and promoting.
MAB: Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
My most recent book is under Khatari, The Right Kind of Wrong. It's an urban love story. I believe it's a must read because of the uniqueness of the storyline, the authenticity of it as well as the characters. A lot of books about men in prison portray them taking advantage of a woman this one shows a man's vulnerability.
MAB: What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?
All my books were written while incarcerated. Embarrassing to say, but true.
MAB: What advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Never give up on your dream. When things get tough, keep pushing.
MAB: We appreciate the fact that you are not letting your circumstance define you as a person, and appear to follow your own advice.
MAB: What’s next for Author De’Kari and Khatari?
De'Kari, Dirt Bag 2 (suspense thriller)
Khatari, Right Kind of Wrong part 2 (urban romance)
MAB: What can readers who enjoy your books do to help make them successful?
Spread the word, leave reviews and post on your social media pages.
MAB: Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?
Give my books a try. I believe you will enjoy them. There are many real-life events in each book.
MAB: Where can the readers visit to stay up to date, for events and special offers?
MidnightAce Book Bar thanks Author De'Kari aka Khatari for granting me this interview and allowing me to share with the Book Bar VIPs.