Saturday, 6 October 2012
Author Interview: Kyra Gregory
About the Author:
At the time of writing this I'm a student and writer, working my way towards finding a place of my own in the world. I'm based on the little island of Malta, balancing all the different aspects of my life through a hectic schedule. I started out writing short stories, just for myself, and then began writing lyrics for a band that I was part of for years. As I became a bit more confident I wrote fanfiction on popular website www.fanfiction.net but always kept my original works entirely to myself. 2012 has started, making it about 10 years now since I first started writing, and I'm ready to take on new challenges as an author. In June I began self-publishing, slowly trying to bring myself out of my shell.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
In part, this is where those big changes end up happening. Characters tend to take over, adamant about what should happen next. There's no fighting them.
What is your favourite food?
Anything spicy. Spicy pizza and Indian food.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A night owl. I usually decide it's time for bed when I see the sun rising.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Japan and places with cooler weather, such as England. The cloudy, somewhat gloomy, weather of England is just so cosy to me. Whether it's being inside with a hot drink and a good book or if I'm out running errands, that type of atmosphere is really pleasant to me. As for Japan, I love the fashion, the people, the language, the music and the history; if possible I would visit Japan often.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Looking back, I think that Secrets Clad in Light is the first time that I was actually specific about a place at all. Otherwise I tend to avoid setting the book in a particular country; I feel I have more freedom with that and can develop the setting more.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I do actually. I often pick things out of my play list that best suit the scene I'm writing, the feelings of the characters or the setting.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Secrets Clad in Light is historical romance novel with a lot of mystery around a key character. In it Henry has to make plenty of decisions regarding the one he loves and he will rely on just about anyone, including a stranger, to help him make those decisions. I feel like there is plenty of depth within this story as you can see the characters facing their own conflicting feelings.
Secrets Clad in Light was released on 11th September 2012.
London, 1888. Henry decides to abandon all social conventions and rescue his lover, Seth, from an abusive household. He has replayed the moment in his head and has always known it wouldn't be easy. He has never thought that it would be Seth who would cut his time too short. With Seth barely breathing, Henry must make the hardest decision of his life: try to save Seth, possibly condemning him to a life of suffering, or let him pass on in peace. But the arrival of a young stranger forces Henry's hand, doing little to ease his qualms of uncertainty as everything he thought he knew changes.
Caught between self-doubt and his own selfish desires Henry learns to fight it all, using this stranger as a light to shine on what he hopes is the right path... All the while aware that there is still so much he doesn't yet know...
List of previous books if any
Lady in Red
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Thank you, Kyra and good luck with your books :)
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