10/2016: Kyra Dune
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We met Kyra Dune in The Phoenix Quill, an exciting Facebook group for writers. We did a regular interview with her, which you can read here later.
Name: Kyra Dune
Latest Book Released: Cataclysm (Prophecy of the Cataclysm Book 3)
Preferred Genre: fantasy
Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than two dozen fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.
We are so honored to have you as our Author of the Month! Thank you for sharing your words with the world! Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please?
The end has come.
With their world shattered, the companions have no choice but to stand and face the reality of the return of the banished gods. It will take all their talents and skills to carry them through to the other side.
But what will become of the remains of reality when the three sibling gods clash in their final battle for supremacy?
Where did your idea for the story come from?
When I’m bored I play this game where I make up stories in my head which are only for me, not stories that I write. Somehow this one I just couldn’t shake and I finally decided to sit down and write it.
How long did it take you to write it?
Is it bad that I’m not sure? I’m terrible at keeping track of such things. I’m going to guess it was around about a year.
How did you come up with the title?
Cataclysm is the event which occurs when the gods break free of their prisons.
What is your favorite line from the book?
“Destiny does not require your belief in order to exist.”
There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about “writing what you know.” Does that apply to this book?
No way. If I only wrote what I know, it would make for some very boring stories. LOL
Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too?
All my books fall under the Fantasy umbrella, but I write in many different subgenres.
What are you currently working on?
I like to work on multiple projects at a time and right now I have six projects going. The first two have their titles finalized and the others are working titles.
Eye Of The Storm (Epic Fantasy)
Dragon Within Book Five: Inferno (YA Urban Fantasy)
Godstone #2 (Epic Fantasy)
Apoc (YA Post Apocalyptic)
Brandon (Epic Fantasy)
Dual Realm #4 (Paranormal/Steampunk)
Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on?
Definitely the Firebrand Trilogy. What made it the most fun was two of the characters, Jada and Zazere. Jada is a fierce, strong willed, and rather spoiled princess who never hesitates to speak her opinions, and Zazere is a snarky, mind reading mage who is the only one who can put her in her place. Writing their interactions with each other was a blast. I just adore both of them. But don’t go telling my other characters, or they’ll get jealous.
What is your best one sentence advice to other writers?
Never chase trends, always write from your heart.
Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I read a lot, which I imagine is an answer most writers will give to this question. I also like to exercise, play X-Box, watch a good movie, listen to music. Nothing too exciting, really.
What motivates you?
I love to write, it’s my passion. So, I guess it’s mostly that desire to share all the worlds inside my head which motivates me most.
What’s your favorite quote? Book? Movie? Song? Food?
My favorite quote comes from Dragons Of Summer Flame, a book in the Dragonlance Series. “I wanted to tell her that sometimes, in my long sleep, I dreamt of her.” Spoken by my all time favorite character, Raistlin Majere. Dragons of Summer Flame is also my favorite book.
Favorite movie has always been Labyrinth. I have a special fondness for fantasy and science fiction movies from the eighties.
I tend to change my favorite song quite often, LOL. Right at this moment, it’s Church Bells by Carrie Underwood. Ask me tomorrow and I may give you a different answer.
Favorite food is pepperoni pizza. It’s so good.
Are you coffee or tea?
Neither really, though I do occasionally enjoy a warm cup of green tea. Always brewed, never that bottled stuff.
And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing?
It’s a job. A long, hard, often frustrating job, we spend countless hours at without getting paid. All in the hopes that at the end, after the writing, rewriting, editing, etc., people might actually want to read the book we have created. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an art and a passion as well, and most of us do it simply because we can’t not do it. But it’s nice to actually earn some money for all the hard work we do. And it is hard work. A lot of people don’t understand that, and it’s hurtful for a writer when people, especially those we’re closest to, treat us as if we’re sitting around doing nothing. It’s not nothing.
Thank you for answering our questions.
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