Friday, August 12, 2016

Interview with new adult psychological thriller author Kayla Krantz

Today’s special guest is author Kayla Krantz and we’re chatting about her new adult psychological horror/thriller novel Dead by Morning.

During her virtual book tour, Kayla will be awarding one of the following to a lucky randomly drawn winner: a paperback copy of Dead by Morning OR a ebook copy of Dead by Morning and a second RRPI ebook.
 To be entered to win one of the prizes, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

   
Bio:
22-year-old Kayla Krantz was raised in Michigan but moved to Texas and has experienced the best and worst of both. Since a young age she has be spinning tales. Kayla has interests in the dark and macabre. She enjoys '80's music and movies. When she has the chance, she loves to read books by Stephen King who inspired her to write. She was always interested in horror as they held a certain realism that fairytales lacked. While writing, she found herself drifting more toward Thriller which surprised her. Kayla describes the day she discovered that she would become a published author like so: “It's hard to describe. I spent so many years climbing toward my goal, and when it finally happened, it was like all the burdens of stress and agony and uncertainty were just gone. I felt light, like I could run for the rest of my life off of the energy it gave me.” 

Welcome, Kayla. Please share a little bit about your current release.
Dead by Morning is a story of dark obsession. It works around the thoughts of the villain in the story to show just the effect that stalking and obsession can have on the victim.

What inspired you to write this book?
A number of factors inspired me to write Dead by Morning. As ironic as this sounds, the idea came to me in a dream. The villain of my book, Chance, is actually based on a character I see in a reoccurring dream of mine. Besides that, the rest of the idea came from a mixture of my favorite movie, Heathers, and lots of music.



Excerpt from Dead by Morning:
Chance had been surprised at Luna’s stunt; that was the best word he could use to describe it—stunt. Beside him, David appeared just as surprised. She could’ve killed herself with a move like that, easily broken her neck on a curb or busted her head open on the cement. But lucky for her, she had landed in the grass, though she’d still be in pain. He wouldn’t be surprised if she needed to go to the hospital. The beginnings of fusion caused him to lapse into a state that made him feel as if he was in that mind all the time. He found that that mind was braver and a bit sharper. He had figured out she was okay because of her gift, her Teardrop of Knowledge. He had also discovered she couldn’t stand even being in his vicinity anymore, and after what had happened, he didn’t blame her. He knew the fear that ran through her mind; it was the fear he had seen on many of his victims’ faces. The realization that he wasn’t playing around—that it wasn’t some poorly-written crime novel, that he meant murder, cold-blooded murder—seemed to have sunk into Luna’s mind. He recognized that desperate urge to escape. Chance frowned. He could feel the cold wind from outside rushing in through Luna’s open door. She was desperate to get away from him, desperate because she knew stunts like that were a Hell of a lot safer than being around him.


What exciting story are you working on next?
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lthough Dead by Morning is just book one in its series, book two, Alive at Sunset, has already been written and is scheduled for release May 15, 2017. In the meantime, my current project is a fantasy about witches entitled The Council. In this story, Lilith Lace is a crippled witch from Ignis Coven, the witches of fire. In the Land of Five, she struggles to find out her true identity as a new threat emerges to the land—The Elementals. The only problem, she can’t decide if she must stand against them or with them.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I penned my first novel and realized how much joy it brought me, I realized I was a writer. It was then that I came to the conclusion that writing would never be just a hobby for me, and that I wanted it to be a large part of my life.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m a stay-at-home mom so I work writing into my schedule whenever possible. However, in my mind I’m also working on something writing-related such as fixing plot holes and working on character development.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
All of my first drafts must be written on paper. I cannot STAND to write on a computer. There’s just something about staring at a blank computer screen that’s so disheartening. I love the scribble of a pen or pencil on paper. It really brings me into the moment, making me feel more connected to my writing, if that makes sense.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, my ideal choice for a career jumped around a bit. I wanted to be a geologist then a veterinarian, then an ornithologist, a paleontologist, an artist, a psychologist, a medical examiner, and finally just a writer!

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
The questions were fun, thanks for having me!

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