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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blogger Book Fair Day 1: Interview with Kyra Dune

Welcome! Today we kick off the Blogger Book Fair This is a massive online book fair with over 170 books from 70 authors. All different genres are available. But the best thing is there are all sorts of events going on at this. Be sure to check the directory to see what different authors and bloggers have going on at their blogs.  So, today I'm going to introduce you to the lovely Kyra Dune:

When and why did you begin writing? 
  I started writing when I was nine.  My teacher would give us a certain amount of time to finish our assignments and if we got them done early we could sit quietly at our desks and do something else. I always read, but one day I finished my book and I didn't have another one so I just pulled out a notebook and started writing. I've been writing ever since.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
When I was twelve.

What inspired you to write your first book?  
I was riding in the car and this song came on the radio. It was about a guy who has been out partying all weekend and now he has to go back to work. There's a line that goes 'I woke up Monday morning with a hammer in my hand.' I thought to myself that if he'd been out partying all weekend he probably had a hammer in his head. That sparked the first line of the book and it just went from there.

What is your current book about? 
Elfblood is about a teenage boy, Charlie, who is descended from a slave elf.  He and his friends get hauled off to a prison camp to mine for a dangerous mineral used in the making of bombs. The king wants to start a world war and wipe all non-humans from existence. To try and stop him, Charlie has to find a lost elven magic and learn to control the magic inside of himself.

How did you come up with the title? 
Elfblood is what people of mixed human and elven blood are called in the kingdom of Angland.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
Stephen King. I admire his fearless approach to writing and his ability to create characters that are so real they leap off the page.

What are your current projects?
Rise of the Watchtower (Time of Shadows #4) High Fantasy Series, Dragons of War (Firebrand #3) YA Sword & Sorcery Trilogy, The Black Mountain (Dragonstar #2) YA Epic Fantasy Duology, Web Of Light is an Epic Fantasy, and Angel (working title) Urban Fantasy.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  
The first draft is always hardest for me. I'm a panster, so I just sit down and write whatever pops into my head. It makes for a messy first draft but it works for me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how hopeless it seems, if you really want something you have to keep going after it no matter what hurdles get thrown in your way. My dad taught me that. 

Thanks you very much Kyra. Now a little bit about Kyra's book:

Elfblood: Charlie is an elfblood, descended of a conquered people brought to the brink of extinction in the aftermath of a long war. Being able to pass for human gives Charlie an advantage over most of his kind. Only those who look at his record or those he chooses to tell, need ever know his secret. Growing up in an orphanage is hard enough without having to live with that stigma.
When soldiers come and haul the kids off to a prison work camp, Charlie finds himself no longer able to hide the truth of what he is. If that isn’t bad enough, the magic buried inside him is growing stronger and more out of control.  As Charlie struggles with his own problems, and with the dangers of the work camp, he finds himself swept up in a much larger struggle, one whose outcome could decide the future of the world.

Bio:  Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. Her published novels include: Shadow Born, Elfblood, and Shadow of the Dragon. As a little girl, her favorite books were those that told of ordinary children who traveled to magical worlds. She’s yet to find her own magic wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.

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And for something a little extra! During the Blogger Book Fair. You can enter for a chance to win a signed print copy of my book "A Prescription for Delirium."
Also, if you loved "A Prescription for Delirium" vote for it on the Readers Choice Award hosted by Shut up and Read.

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