A huge welcome to Mitchell, and thanks for the wonderful descriptions of Hawaii (no wonder it’s a place of inspiration!)
The Kingdom of Oceana was inspired by one of the great loves of my life, my love of the Hawaiian Islands. Over 8 million tourists visit Hawaii each year where they are embraced by the aloha spirit. Tourists come to golf, SCUBA dive, snorkel with the friendly honus (sea turtles), whale watch, and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and the best hiking on the planet. Families come to build a lifetime of memories. Lovers come to honeymoon. Many first-time visitors are so transformed by these magical islands they start planning a return trip the moment they set foot back on the mainland. Why do I come to Hawaii? I come to dream.
Hawaii is a great creative catalyst for me. Without fail, the shackles of writer’s block are left behind on the mainland. Every day that I’m on-island I find inspiration. The breathtaking natural beauty and the warm and friendly locals inspire the settings, the characters, and story lines of the fantastic world of The Kingdom of Oceana. I like to find a secluded spot – at the base of a waterfall, nestled into a jagged volcanic cove, or floating over a coral reef hundreds of yards off shore – and I let my mind wander. I think about what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago, before the haoles (foreigners of European descent) like me arrived. Before the golf courses and the hotels. Before the Mai Tai and Ukulele became icons of Hawaiian culture.
I need to write every day. Much of my time is spent off-island, and my ritual is to begin writing before the sun comes up. I close my eyes and let myself drift back to a towering waterfall on Maui, or a black sand beach on the Big Island, or a lava stone fishpond on Molokai. Then the words flow from my imagination onto the page.
The story takes place five centuries ago, on the island now called Hawaii, where 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? Two brothers, but only one can rule.
“While the book is fiction, it is heavily influenced by the rich and beautiful Hawaiian myths, legends, locales, and culture. Many locations in the story are inspired by real places in Hawaii,” says Mitchell.
The Kingdom of Oceana takes readers on a fun and exciting adventure, with big wave surfing, fire walking, and shark taming, while also being educational and bringing to light many environmental and social issues, like ocean conservation.
About Mitchell Charles
Mitchell Charles’ love of the ocean and its miraculous creatures began at the age of 12 when his father taught him to SCUBA dive. From his first adventure 50 feet (15 meters) beneath the Caribbean Sea he was hooked. He has been involved in the Oceanic Society, America’s first non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, established in 1969.
Mitchell’s inspiration for The Kingdom of Oceana was born of exploring the spectacular coastline, lush valleys, and vibrant coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. On these excursions, he imagined what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago. Before Captain Cook arrived from England. Before the golf courses and hotels. Before the ukulele and the Mai Tai became icons of Hawaiian culture. He dreamed of a time when the islands were an undiscovered magical paradise.
These days, Mitchell divides his time between Southern California and Hawaii. He has two teenage children and a dog named Magic.
Mitchell is currently working on the second book in the Kingdom of Oceana series, The Legend of the Nine Sacred Pearls. For more information, visit http://kingdomofoceana.com/
Praise for The Kingdom Of Oceana
“This book is a real page-turner, full of action and adventure, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope that there will be more books like this from Mitchell Charles in the future.” – 5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite
“This is a rollicking good read — a fascinating journey into a mythological world filled with legendary characters and magnificent twists and turns.” – 5 Stars, Amazon