Today I am interviewing Anna Mocikat, author of the new fantasy novel, Shadow City.
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DJ: Hi Anna! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Anna Mocikat: Hi DJ! Thank you for your interest in me and my work. I’m excited about this interview.
I studied screenwriting at Film School Munich and worked in the German movie and videogames industry as a screenwriter and game writer for more than ten years before I made my childhood dream come true and published my first novel. I had four books published by a traditional publisher before I left Germany for the US to continue my writing career here. Although I have published before, my recent book Shadow City is in a way my debut since it’s my first book in English for the US market.
DJ: What is Shadow City about?
Anna: Shadow City is Sci-Fi/Dark Fantasy story set in post-apocalyptic LA.
It’s about a tiny human community that must take a stand against super-vicious creatures from another dimension who feed on suffering and violence. Larger-than-life heroes emerge, willing to sacrifice everything in a final clash with the way more powerful enemy. But heroes and villains are not what they seem in Shadow City, and in the end, there is no light and there is no dark, only shadows.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Shadow City?
Anna: I’m an avid video gamer, and fans of the “Fallout” series will surely recognize the influences these games had on Shadow City. Besides, I took inspiration from pen&paper PRGs such as for example Shadow Run. In my book, the city is divided between different factions and inhabited by humans and non-humans, which is very typical for RPGs.