Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than twenty 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.
Me: What inspired you to write Shadow of The Dragon?
Kyra: This novel actually started out life as a short story I wrote when I was a teenager. In the short story, there were a group of travelers banded together in the fashion of such novels as Lord Of The Rings. Over the years it shifted and changed and somehow managed to grow itself into a full length YA novel.
Me: Tell us about the book and what we can expect.
Kyra: This is a story of a young girl struggling to not only protect her younger brother from the harshness of their dystopian world, but to find a way to reconcile herself to something that happened in her past. Something which molded her into the person she has become. You can expect dragons, dark mages, shifters, action, and a little romance.
Me: I'm really excited to delve in to this series. It is already on my Goodreads TBR. Which character in your books would you say you are most like?
Kyra: That's hard to say, really. I think every character, even the bad guys, carries a little piece of me inside of them. But if I had to pick one, I'd say Rinitha Andrassis, from the Firebrand Trilogy, most matches my actual personality.
Me: What inspired you to become a writer?
Kyra: I've been reading since before I can remember. I've always loved burying myself in fantasy worlds. But the actual writing started when I was nine. When I was in the fourth grade my teacher would give us timed assignments and if we finished early we could sit at our desks and do something else. I would always read, but one day I finished my book and didn't have another, so I took out a notebook and started to write one of my daydreams. I've been writing ever since.
Me: What are you most excited about for readers to learn or experience from your newest books?
Kyra: I just hope readers enjoy the ride. What each person learns or experiences from a book depends upon the individual. Which is one of the coolest things about books.
Me: How do you feel when you publish a book?
Kyra: Awesome. This has been my dream since I was a kid and now I'm living it. Who could ask for more?
Me: Tell us a little bit about your other writing adventures.
Kyra: I like editing, actually. For me, it's much easier to go through the second and third drafts than the first. I like to say that first draft was written by a drunken monkey. It's all over the place and rarely makes a lot of sense, even to me. Sometimes I'll look at something I've written and I'll have no idea where I was going. Ergo, the drunken monkey. I certainly can't be held responsible for the mud on the walls.
Me: Hilarious. Any author knows the first draft is the scariest. If your books were made into a movie or television series do you have a dream cast in mind?
Kyra: As far as Shadow Of The Dragon goes: Jennifer Lawrence as Micayta, Preston Bailey as Pytaki, Alex Pettyfer as Tech, Josh Hutcherson as Jaysir, Emma Watson as Alansa, and Tom Hiddleston as Demos.
Me: I love every single actor listed. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Kyra: I love to read, of course, watch movies, play RPGs on my X-Box 360, listen to music, work out, I don't watch much TV really but I do like shows such as Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow, and when I feel like having a silly laugh I watch The Big Bang Theory (Sheldon is my favorite). And I work my other job as an Administrative Assistant.
Me: Do you ever experience writer’s block, and if you do, how do you overcome it?
Kyra: I used to, but since I started working on multiple projects at once I no longer have problems with it.
Me: What do you love most about being an author?
Kyra: Getting to share the worlds inside my head with other people.
Me: What writers/authors have inspired you?
Kyra: Stephen King, J.K. Rowling. Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Suzanne Collins, Jacinta Maree, Kate O'Leary, I could go on and on. :)
Me: Do you listen to music when you write? What kind is the most inspirational?
Kyra: I always listen to music when I write. I wouldn't say it was inspirational, exactly, but I can't work in silence, I need the background noise. I like my music on a song by song basis, so I have a fairly wide range of tastes.
Me: What do you dislike about being a writer/author?
Kyra: Having to sell myself and my work. I'm shy and introverted, dealing with other people is really hard for me. But it's easier to do it like this, through the written word. If we were having a face to face interview my answers to your questions would be much shorter and likely mumbled as I stared at the floor.
Me: Where is your favorite place to write?
Kyra: At my desk with the radio playing.
Me: Do you have advice for aspiring authors?
Kyra: Don't give up. No matter how hard it seems, if you really want something you have to fight for it. My dad taught me that. And be fearless, write whatever story beats inside your heart and don't worry about what other people think. I guarantee you that as long as you're honest and you write what you truly want to write, you'll find someone to read it.
I'd like to thank Kyra for joining Author & Book Spotlights, and allowing us to delve into the life of a fantasy author. If you're anxious to get a hold of Shadow of The Dragon you can grab a copy on amazon.