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Name: Kyra Dune

Age: 29

Where are you from: Oklahoma

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I was homeschooled for most of my life because I travelled the lower United States with my parents and younger brother. Now I’m back in Oklahoma spending most of my time writing.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My newest YA Urban fantasy, Chasing The Whirlwind (Dragon Within Book 2) released Oct 10. And I recently finished the final draft of my first YA Paranormal Romance, Bonded, which I plan to release sometime in December if I don’t hit any snags.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was nine years old. Back then I was still in public school and my teacher would give the class a certain timeframe in which finish our assignments. If we finished early, we could sit quietly 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 my notebook and started writing down this little fantasy I had about a girl who travelled from our world to world of magic. I’ve been writing ever since.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

At age twelve, I actually sent the book I wrote when I was nine to the publisher of a series I liked. I was calling myself a writer then and thinking how cool it would be to have a book published. They never responded, which was very painful for me at the time, but of course I understand why now.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

When people ask me this question I always respond with what inspired my first published novel, Flight Of Dragons. It was a song, Old Enough To Know Better by Wade Hayes.  It’s a song about a guy who has been partying all weekend and then he has to go back to work. One of the lyrics is ‘Monday morning I wake up with a hammer in my hand’ and I remember looking out the car window and thinking to myself More like a hammer in his head if he’s been partying all weekend. And then, boom, the first two lines for Flight Of Dragons popped into my head. Weird inspiration for a fantasy/adventure novel about dragons, I know, but inspiration can come from the strangest places.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. My style kind of changes depending on the book.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Flight Of Dragons refers to an aerial journey the main character takes along with a group of dragons.

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

I would say the Dragonlance Series of books had a real impact on me because it was this series, which I read as a teenager, that really sparked my love of dragons and turned me in the direction of exclusively writing fantasy novels. It’s also where my favorite character of all time, Raistlin Majere, lives.

 

 
Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Banished Spirits by Jacinta Maree

 

 
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Kate O’Leary, author of the wonderful YA Dystopian fantasy Twell and The Army of Powers.

Marc Secchia, author of Aranya which is one of the best dragon shifter books I’ve read in a long time.

Bennett Gavrish, who has been around a little longer than the other two but who is still a fairly new author. His Hotel Apocalypse Saga is a must have for anyone who is a fan of Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian fantasy.

 

 
Fiona: What are your current projects?

Currently I’m working on five projects. The Watchtower War (which will complete my five book High Fantasy series Time Of Shadows), Oracle (the second book in my Epic Fantasy trilogy Prophecy Of The Cataclysm), Riding The Wave (the third book in my YA Urban Fantasy Series Dragon Within), Star Of Ataris (Epic Fantasy), and Quicksilver (YA Paranormal Romance).

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely.

 

 
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure. This is an excerpt from Chasing The Whirlwind.

 

“Stupid cups,” I muttered, as I watched them fall for what felt like the thousandth time. I was getting really irritated and a lingering headache wasn’t improving my mood any. Glaring at the cups still stacked on the table, I wanted them to blow away. All of them. As soon as the thought entered my mind, a big wind whooshed from behind me and sent the cups blowing across the grass.

 

A smile started to form on my lips, but it quickly died when I saw the tense expression on Alice’s face. “What?” I asked.

 

“The destructive capabilities of our power is astounding,” she said with unusual solemnity. “You have no idea of the things you can do without even meaning to. You’re frustrated now, with these cups? What if you get frustrated with a person? How would you feel if you threw someone up against a wall or out a window? Stressful emotions are a trigger for your powers. If you can’t control them, someone could get hurt.”

 

My momentary elation quickly faded. I thought of the waitress at the truck stop, covered in glass and blood, her dead eyes staring into mine. I never wanted to be responsible for doing something so horrible.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I always struggle with show vs tell. You don’t want to show too much and bog the book down with it, but you also don’t want to skimp on anything. It’s a fine balance.

 

 
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I highly admire Stephen King’s work. He’s not afraid to pursue any subject in order to tell a great story. He doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects and his characters are so real they simply leap off the page.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Nope. The worlds in my books mostly exist only in my head. For those books which do take place in our world I find Google a helpful ally.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did the covers for my self published books.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never chase fads. Write from your heart. And be fearless.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I appreciate everybody who takes the time to journey through the worlds I create and I hope they enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I think it was Alice In Wonderland.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m both easily amused and easily moved to tears. I would have made a terrible nurse.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

My half brother. I will always regret not getting to meet him before he died.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I read alo, of course, and I love to play X-Box games and laser tag. I exercise regularly, but I don’t know that you would consider that a hobby. I like to bowl and play miniature golf occasionally. Yeah, that’s about it.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I like fantasy and science fiction movies mostly, though I will sometimes watch other things. Some of my favorite movies: Labyrinth, Dragonheart, Waterworld, Star Wars, Serenity, Pitch Black. I like to watch a good movie, but I don’t really watch a lot of TV shows. When I do some of my favorites are Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Supernatural, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Law & Order: SVU, Cold Case, Burn Notice.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food: Pepperoni Pizza. Color: Purple. Music: Right now my favorite bands are Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Imagine Dragons.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I always thought it would be really cool to design video games or do voices for animated series or movies.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://theshadowportal.blogspot.com

 

My Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A5WOHGQ

Flight Of Dragons(mine)2 chasing the whirlwind