Kara R. Newcastle, author of Nike Part 1: The Demon Road
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In sixth grade, Kara had to do a report on Greek mythology and came across a magazine article with the headline “Nike—sneaker or god?”. Even though Nike, goddess of victory was not as well-known as some of the other Greek deities, Kara thought her story was one of the most interesting. In high school she decided to expand the paper into a manuscript that would become the basis of her first novel. However, it wasn’t until the ALC helped her focus on her writing that she was able to take that idea from years ago and become a published author.
See what Kara had to say about that experience.
I had first read about Nike, the goddess of victory, when I was looking for a subject for a report I was assigned in sixth grade. It was then the seed was planted for what eventually became my book, Nike Part 1: The Demon Road. I had worked on the story off and on in high school and college and then tried to find an agent. While pursuing that traditional publishing route, my boyfriend suggested I look at self-publishing because it allowed me to maintain control of my content. After some research, I chose Lulu.com.
Through Lulu, I was introduced to the ALC and am glad I found the site. The Book Launch Tool kept me from getting overwhelmed and helped me focus on the tasks I needed to complete my book. The video interviews and podcasts were also very helpful because hearing from other writers and authors enabled me to overcome my fears and writer’s block.
As I worked on this first story, I realized I actually have more than one book. In fact, I have three books, each with three parts, so there will be nine books in total. It is a lot of work, but I am excited to give my readers more to enjoy and the ALC has given me the confidence to get the books done.
Nike of Samothrace is different. Not only did she grow up among the matriarchal warrior tribe of the Amazons, she has a pair of huge, snow-white wings, something seen only on gods and monsters. Already an outcast among her people, Nike finds herself even more alone when a slave uprising claims the lives of her adopted parents. Feeling lost, Nike requests permission to travel to Delphi and consult the famous Oracle for guidance. Her queen agrees, but on one condition: Nike must first escort a runaway princess named Syna back to her home in Crete. When the most direct route to Crete ends in disaster, Nike must protect the princess before she can reach Delphi and find her truth.
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