The Book of Kyrinae
The Church of Kyrinae is both law and religion to the world of Yggdraslia. However, that world is dying. Even empowered by magic relics given by the Goddess, the Clerics and Avatars of the church cannot seem to determine the cause or how to stop it. Perhaps, according to many of Yggdraslia’s citizens, they just do not care.
In this world lives Kiera Milla, and only a few days after the death of her mother, she finds herself visited by an animal messenger that throws her life upside down with magic, mystery and a responsibility far beyond what a 17 year old girl should have. With a desperate plea from the Goddess Kyrinae herself, Kiera is tasked with the impossible mission to restore the Goddess to her former glory and revive the dying lands. However, in doing so she must go against both the church’s teachings and laws. Using only her wits (or at least brute force..), the power of the relics and the help of new friends, Kiera will have to fight the world itself and its people, just to save it.
Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
Not always, when I read I generally read for a long time straight and like to be somewhere that I have the ability to do that. If I read bits and pieces here and there, I feel like I kill the immersion from the story.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I have always enjoyed the anti-hero. The guy from the beginning that’s ‘bad’, but overtime aligns themselves in some way with the main protagonist to stop the even bigger bad. I do contradict myself, as I wrote myself (somewhat) into my book. This person does not have a big role in book 1 but I hope to expand upon him in 2 and 3. I wonder if you can guess who I see myself as…
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Most likely home. I’ll have one of my two dogs smothering me while I dig into a good fantasy novel. Drink in one hang, book in the other, and everything else off. Just me and the story.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
When I’m not doing my (ugh) day job, I’m just enjoying being home. I spend time with my fiance and my dogs, play some video games or just relax and binge watch something. I do expect to start learning the guitar in the near future so that would be a new hobby for me.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Believe it or not, yes. I can actually be a bit of a book snob sometimes, and there’s a certain set of books and stories that I know I want. If I’m going to a bookstore, it’s because I already know what I want and I’m heading straight for it.
What are you most proud of?
Being a new author, it would be hard not to say finishing this first book. I’m 35 and have never even considered the idea of being a writer. I had no idea that I would have talent in it (although me being considered talented at it, I suppose, what be what you guys as readers would have to decide).
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s a feeling like no other. The best way I can describe it would be to think of the feeling you get after you completed yard work. Say you just spent an hour or two mowing the yard, and you look back and enjoy the feeling of how nice it is. Take that feeling of accomplishment and multiply it by 1000, and that was how I felt.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Always have something with you you can take notes on. Always. A pen and pad, your cell phone with a note feature, anything. You never know when inspiration strikes you, and I have woken up at 2 or 3 in the morning several times just to jot down an idea I had. Also, if you ever feel writers block coming, do something mindless. A chore or something where your mind isn’t really engaged. Most of my best ideas came from doing something simple like trimming hedges. (Despite my now two references to yard work…I actually hate yard work..)
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Most would probably list a famous writer/author, but I would love to have a one-on-one with any top end publisher or marketer. I want to really learn how to get my stories out to the people, and for them to have interest in what I write. I like my ideas, and already have book 2 planned out, but to actually get my book in their hand and know what they think about it…that’s what I want.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I’ve written in tons of places, but just like when I read I like to have peace and quiet around me. When I write, I immerse myself into my story. I put myself into my characters’ minds and determine in ‘real time’ what they would be doing for any given situation. When I’m in the zone, I could easily get a chapter or two done before even realizing how long I have been sitting there.
Thank you, LP Owen and Love Books Group