Interview with Mitchell Charles
The Kingdom of Oceana
SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.
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1. Can you please tell us more about The Kingdom of Oceana?
The Kingdom of Oceana takes place in a fantasy world 500 years ago in ancient Hawaii and Polynesia. The story is a sibling rivalry between two teenage Hawaiian princes, told from the perspective of the younger brother, Ailani.
2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?
Prince Nahoa, because he is complex. He’s charming, yet menacing. He has the stone cold manner of a killer, yet he’s a momma’s boy. Also, he’s very curious, so he’s always getting into some sort of dangerous mischief.
3. How did you come up with the idea for the book?
I’ve spent a great deal of time in Hawaii over the past 8 years, and I was inspired by the natural beauty, marine life, and rich culture of the islands.
4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?
Write every day. Have a ritual that you can replicate. I write early in the morning, often starting before 6:00 am.
5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?
I wanted a surfing inspired cover and when I saw the work of Jay Alders, I knew he was the perfect artist for The Kingdom of Oceana. I love the way Jay paints the ocean and waves.
6. Why did you decide to become a writer?
I wrote The Kingdom of Oceana for my two teenage children.
7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?
I’ve created my own magical world! It’s a great feeling of accomplishment. I’ve just finished the audiobook version of The Kingdom of Oceana with Hawaiian native Rayton Lamay doing the narration. I’m now working on the sequel.
8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?
I love the ocean, especially SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and sailing.
9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. It has so many beautiful life lessons.
10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?
Hagrid, from Harry Potter, Katniss, from The Hunger Games, and James Bond.
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