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K.J. Amidon
K.J. Amidon Author Interview

Into Oblivion follows a woman who follows a traveling circus but finds that the circus harbors dark secrets. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I was inspired by a series I read when I was younger about a traveling freak show. I wanted to put my own spin on the story of a traveling performing troupe. I finally came up with the idea of Roadside Paradise when I thought about the unsavory image most traveling circuses have in the modern day and thought decided to create a traveling circus dedicated to righting wrongs.

Athena is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted to be sure that Athena was very no-nonsense and set in her beliefs about the world because I wanted her to struggle with the magical aspects she comes across in Roadside Paradise. I think her struggle to see shades of gray in what she sees as a very black and white world is one of the main points of the series.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The most important theme I wanted to explore was justice. Roadside Paradise and V in particular punish wrongs the patrons of the circus commit. But he cannot do anything more or less than the crime he is punishing. This meant I had to take a hard look at what punishment would be considered too much for the crime.

This is book one in your Roadside Paradise series. What can readers expect in book two?

Books 2-5 are already available for purchase. Book 6 will be released in Fall 2021.

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Roadside Paradise Series – Book 1

Athena Alexander never thought her savior would come in the form of a traveling circus, let alone one that she suspected to harbor illegal activities.

While trying to fix the mess of her life, Athena ends up hitching a ride with the Roadside Paradise troupe. However, it is no ordinary traveling circus. Along with the normal circuit, the troupe performs privately for anyone with enough money to pay their fees. They have a reputation for being the best, and the young, charismatic owner, V, is sure to maintain that reputation.

Athena’s instincts as a former police officer tell her that there is something amiss. Among the flashing lights and delighted screams, certain people who visit Roadside Paradise find their own version of hell. V’s hypnotic power draws people in, but if they hold dark secrets, they soon find themselves trapped. But V’s targets are never innocent.

Karma is in town.
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