Today I am featuring young adult author, Kyra Dune! She was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of two dozen fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. Thank you so much for being here, Kyra!
Carrigan: What is it about writing that you love?
Kyra: Everything. Creating new worlds and people to inhabit them is my passion in life. Has been since I was a kid.
Carrigan: What is your favorite quote?
Kyra: My favorite quote is not from a YA book, but from an epic fantasy novel. “I wanted to tell her that sometimes, in my long sleep, I dreamt of her,” Raistlin Majere, Dragons Of The Summer Flame.
Carrigan: That’s a beautiful quote! How many books have you published?
Kyra: 26, but only 15 of those are YA. I also write NA and adult.
Carrigan: Wow! That’s impressive! What do you like to read?
Kyra: Most anything fantasy. I occasionally stray into other genres if something catches my eye, but it’s mostly fantasy.
Carrigan: Tell us about yourself:
Kyra: Aside from writing books, I do cover art and freelance editing. I always listen to music when I write. I’m a big Star Wars fan, and I might be slightly obsessed with the TV show Supernatural. I like to play X-Box and I read a lot.
Carrigan: Supernatural! Are you Team Dean or Sam?
Carrigan: Yes…Dean is my favorite, too. He’s so dreamy. What is your favorite young adult book and why?
Kyra: That is a hard question. I guess I’m going to have to go with Harry Potter. It’s a wonderful series full of great characters and I just love it.
Carrigan: Harry Potter is amazing. It’s hard to beat. Are you self-published? If so, how did you decide to become self-published?
Kyra: I started out on the traditional route, then moved into self publishing. At first, it was just something I wanted to try out to see what it was like. And I love it. There is so much more freedom with self publishing. I control everything. It’s also way more work, but I wouldn’t go back. Plus, I make more money, which is always an important consideration.
Carrigan: Freedom tends to be the main topic when self publishing. I, too, enjoy the freedom. Do you have any pets?
Kyra: No, but I claim my aunt’s two dogs as my own. LOL
Carrigan: Haha. Surrogate mom. 🙂 What music do you listen to while writing?
Kyra: I tend to take my music on a song by song basis, so I’m pretty open to lots of different genres and artists. My current favorite band is Three Days Grace.
Carrigan: Love Three Days Grace! Do you like cheese? What’s your favorite kind?
Kyra: What kind of a person doesn’t like cheese? LOL I’m partial to extra sharp cheddar.
Carrigan: You’d be surprised at how many people don’t like cheese. It makes me a sad panda. Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Which ones make you screech and hide?
Kyra: Actually, I have these bug catching cups which I use to gather the bugs up and deposit them outside. I try very hard not to ever have to kill them. Wasps freak me all the way out. If they’re in the house, it’s not good at all.
Carrigan: *shudder* Yeah wasps are creepy. We had a mild infestation of them last summer. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Kyra: I have always wanted telekinesis. When I was a kid I used to try so hard to move things with my mind.
Carrigan: Haha. Have you ever gotten in trouble with the police?
Kyra: Nope. Proud to say that I’m a very law abiding citizen.
Carrigan: Nice! What are you working on now? Any future releases?
Kyra: As far as YA books go, I have a Paranormal Romance releasing in June. I’m working on the final novel in my Urban Fantasy Series, Dragon Within, and also on a Post Apocalyptic. Then I have several other projects in the works, but they’re all adult.
Thank you so much for being here Kyra! I really enjoyed getting to know you! I’m excited to read your books!
Check out Dragon Within on Amazon!
Have you ever noticed how life can shift all of sudden? You’re going along thinking everything is great and then WHAM, you get hit by a bus. Well, maybe not a literal bus, but you get what I mean, right? I’m talking about that moment in time when everything changes and life as you know it comes to a crashing halt.
My name is Abigail Freeman and for me, that moment came on my sixteenth birthday. It wasn’t anything so dramatic as getting hit by a bus. In fact, it was so subtle, I didn’t even recognize it for what it was. Not until later could I look back and say that was the moment my life changed forever.
For more information on Kyra Dune, please visit her Amazon.com page.