Author Interviews: Kwame Opeyo and Plexi: Adversity

Kwame Opeyo, author of Young Adult fantasy books you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and his website – mageterminus.com

When and why did you start writing?

I started writing around 2008, but have only recently self-published. As it turns out, the last book I wrote is the first one I decided to publish. I began writing as a channel for self-expression. There is never a time when I am not full of ideas and I have to get them out in a manner which I hope is entertaining to others.

What inspires your writing?

I have a firm knowingness that there is more to life than the mundane, and I enjoy putting my ideas on paper. Whenever I write, I feel as though I am changing the world for the better by adding my imagination to it for the sake of others to share.

What has been your worst moment as a writer?

Back in 2008, I had the notion that the world needed another Superman family book. I had never researched the legal details and I wrote a book about descendants of Superman, and later discovered from an actual Superman author that you had to be asked by the copyrighters to publish a Superman story instead submitting one.

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

Sometimes I have to hit the gym before writing and pick a quiet spot in the library to sit down and write. Otherwise, whenever my muse Mage Terminus decides it’s time to write, I write. You can read more about that semi-annoying individual at magetermius.com.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

I would tell myself to write the first two books in a series before publishing the first one. Also, begin marketing before publishing. And before I forget—stop looking for an agent and just self-publish.

What do you believe makes for great writing?

Writing about what you really enjoy. That brings more heart to writing in my opinion.

How do you measure success as a writer?

By writing a book.

What’s your biggest fear as a writer?

To receive bad reviews.

Describe your latest book to our readers

My young adult novella Plexi: Adversity is a fun and action-packed adventure about three mystically empowered teens who are confronted with the need to combat a twisted wizard from a parallel earth. The evil wizard T’navreskrad dupes demented twins from Plexi Solaris’ earth into opening a dimensional rift for him to pass through and launch an invasion on Plexi’s world. T’navreskrad and three servant magicians suborn the police department of New Nexus City to make Plexi and her group fugitives of the law. Even the capital of the United Provinces of America is fair game to this extra-dimensional crew. But lo and behold, there is a surprise ending.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

A sense of enjoyment mainly. If I can brighten someone’s life, then I have succeeded.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Write about what you truly love. It will come across in your writing. Self-publish if you want to maintain control of your work. Finally, remember that writing the book is not the last step. Marketing is a continual process that starts before you even publish. Check out Chandler Bolt online and other authors offering to help you publish.

What’s next for you?

My very next move is the sequel Plexi: Deception which is the second book in my planned three book series. After that, I will launch The Return of the First Gods. This is also a three-book series but in a different genre. Instead of the young-adult novella, these books are for adults. Return of the First Gods is about a thousand-year-old immortal from east Africa who is hounded by the World Order and the alien H’roos.


Plexi: Adversity

by Kwame Opeyo

A world where magic and technology vie for dominance is in peril. Three teenagers, Plexi Jata Solaris, Mona Deluvius and Yingjie Iffing are thrust into the line of fire in a war between dimensions. Plexi’s world is populated by the gifted, who yield magic, and the Mundanes, who do not. The powerful wizard T’navreskrad from another dimension manipulates malevolent twins from Plexi’s world into opening a dimension rift. This evil wizard and three servant magicians pass through the breach to launch an invasion. T’navreskrad also suborns the police department of Plexi’s hometown, New Nexus City, in a ploy to make the three teens fugitives of the law. Plexi and her group enlist the aid of a high-grade wizard from their own world to aid in combating this evil. A battle of mystical forces ensues with casualties on both sides– -ending in what only appears to be a victory for Plexi and her friends.

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.