INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KYRA HALLAND BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN 


Question: What have you published recently?

My most recent book is Chosen of Azara, published in June 2013. I have another book coming out later this month (October 2013), The Lost Book of Anggird.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I liked to write stories when I was little, but I stopped when I got into music. Many years later, as a new stay-at-home mom with a young baby, I decided to try writing novels. I wrote off and on for years, and also wrote a lot of fanfiction. A few years ago, with the new opportunities available for independent authors through Amazon, Smashwords, etc., I decided to get serious about writing professionally.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

My books are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, the iTunes store, Kobo, Sony, CreateSpace, and All Romance eBooks.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Filled with procrastination! Ideally, my schedule is to write from 10:30 am to noon, and then from 1:30 to 3:00, depending on what else I have going on that day, with short breaks every half hour to get out my chair and do chores, things like that. I'm slowly getting better at sticking to that schedule. I divide my writing time between a couple of different projects at different stages; at the moment, I'm writing the first draft of one novel and doing final edits on another, while a third novel is out with my beta readers. I do my editing at a table in one room that's also my craft room, and my writing on my computer at the other end of the house. I would like to be able to spend more time writing – too many ideas, and too little time! - but between other demands on my time and severe fatigue due to chronic fatigue syndrome (I think it's called ME in the UK), three hours a day is pretty good.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

LOL, that's like asking me to pick my favorite of my kids! I love all my characters. That's how my story ideas usually come to me, as an image of a character or two in a situation. I then try to figure out who they are and what they're doing and why. Once these people take up residence in my head, they don't leave me alone until I've written their stories.  And not even then!

I'm particularly fond of my leading men, though. Right now my favorite character is Silas Vendine, the wizard bounty hunter from my forthcoming fantasy-western-romance series Daughter of the Wildings. He's tall, dark, handsome, badass, sexy as all get-out, and has a really unique way of looking at the world. His head is a fun place to be in. Plus he would do anything and give up anything for his sweetheart Lainie.

I'm also fond of Professor Roric Rossony, the priggish professor who has a lot more to him than meets the eye, from my forthcoming novel The Lost Book of Anggird.

Prince Eruz, from Urdaisunia, is a tough warrior and is also very principled and determined to do the right thing no matter how difficult it is, but there's also kind of a hapless, lost-puppy quality to him that I find charming.

And then there's Sevry, the wandering king without a kingdom, from Chosen of Azara, and Adan, the obnoxiously handsome and talented singer from Sarya's Song, and the guys from novels I haven't even written yet...

I characterize the ladies as strong, smart, and sweet. They don't necessarily fit in with what's expected of them, and they fight to make their own way in the world, to do what they think is right and to live by their own principles, and they're also very feminine. Rashali the rebel, Perarre the talented translator, Sarya the musician, Lucie who defies all convention to follow her dreams, Lainie who is both drawn to and terrified of her developing magical talents.

I love them all, and that's why writing is so much fun, because I get to spend time with these amazing, fascinating people who've picked me to tell their stories.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

It's a balance between how engaging and absorbing the characters and story are and how distracting the writing is. I like to get lost in a story, and can overlook less than perfectly polished writing if the characters and story catch my attention enough, but there are a few specific things that pull me right out of the story when I notice them. It bothers me because of course I'd rather just be enjoying the story without that critical eye, but it helps me remember to try not to do those things in my own writing.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

Mostly alternative rock and symphonic metal. I have a fondness for female-fronted European metal bands, like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Delain, Edenbridge, Visions of Atlantis, and Xandria, but there are also some male-fronted bands I like too, like Myrath, Seventh Wonder, and Kamelot. I also like Evanescence, AFI, and Angels and Airwaves. Other artists on my writing playlist include My Chemical Romance, The Killers,  The All-American Rejects, Dire Straits, Savage Garden, Nina Gordon, and Moving Mountains.

I like lyrics and music that set an emotional tone for what I'm writing, or that match up with scenes in the story. I also usually have a love song for each of my couples.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I try not to eat anything, or not too much, because I weigh about 40 pounds more than I'd like to. But I will have a couple of Dove Dark Chocolate Almond Promises or some lemon drops if I really want something. Mostly I just keep my water bottle handy.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

I don't drink alcohol at all, so my favorite special-occasion beverage is Martinelli's Sparkling Apple-Cranberry juice, and Village Inn restaurant has this sparkling blueberry-pomegranate limeade that's really yummy. Mostly I drink caffeine-free Diet Pepsi /Diet Dr. Pepper and water.

What is your favourite cartoon character?

Nephrite, one of the villains from the first season of Sailor Moon; Vash the Stampede from Trigun; Spike from Cowboy Bebop; and Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

It's a tie between Mulan, Howl's Moving Castle, and the Lord of the Rings movies. Especially the second one, The Two Towers.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I scrapbook, and also enjoy anime and manga. I also read a lot, and I play easy computer games like Jewel Quest, solitaire, and Angry Birds.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

My website, Welcome to My Worlds http://www.kyrahalland.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyraHalland

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6950045.Kyra_Halland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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