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Interview: Kraig Dafoe, Author of Search for the Lost Realm

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Born in Potsdam, New York, Kraig Dafoe grew up in Canton. He went on to play high school football before joining the United States Army Reserves at the young age of 17.

Mr. Dafoe married at 19 and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked as a private security officer for the Christian Broadcasting Network. While there, he also attended the Tidewater Community College for business.

After five years as a security officer, Kraig Dafoe became a Deputy Sheriff for the city of Chesapeake, Virginia.

After nine years of service, Mr. Dafoe left the Sheriff’s office and went on to persue a couple of different business opportunities, before he went on to publish his debut novel.

Kraig Dafoe is the father of five children and he currently resides in Kansas, raising his youngest son.

Readers can learn more about Kraig Dafoe and his work by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Facebook

If you had to describe your book in two sentences, what would they be?

This book is about a young man looking for a mystical power, which has been missing for thousands of years. Varan works through turmoil to find the strength to follow his heart and he finds friendship along the way.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?

It is hard to choose a line or excerpt, as the story is a part of me. It’s like asking if I have a favorite child. No.

What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?

Character development is a must, twists, intrigue, and story line are important but the most crucial thing is readability. If the reader has a hard time grasping the language, the book becomes dull and they won’t return for future stories.

Why should readers pick up your book?

Readers should buy this book because they will experience races of beings and characters they have never encountered. The world is vast and exciting but the characters are created so that everyone who reads it will identify with at least one of them.

What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?

I have been entertained for so many years by so many wonderful people that I got to a point I wanted to give back. I was working a boring security job, wasting away on night shift when I felt like I had more to offer the world.

What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?

I prefer to read fantasy, which is the one I prefer to write in as well however since I began writing I’ve stayed away from fantasy so as not to be persuaded. If I read anything now it is either comedy or current affairs.

What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?

The five things I would carry at all times are a cell phone, digital voice recorder, wallet with at least passport card tucked away, debit card, and sunglasses. These items would insure I wasn’t stranded and I looked cool, hence the shades.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Only one would be tough. I suppose it would be either supernatural intelligence, which could lead to overwhelming success financially or telekinesis so I could fly by throwing my own weight around literally.

What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?

That’s a good question. More than anything else, I really want to know I made a difference in someone else’s life. I don’t care about fame and fortune, I want people to remember me with fondness and a smile long after I’m gone.

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