Featured Author: Kayla Krantz

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Proud author of Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan, but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.


  1. When did you start writing? I never chose to be a writer; I think it chose me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always written something down. I wrote my first short story when I was four years old, and I’d write pieces all throughout elementary school that my principal always wanted to read. As I got older, my stories just got more elaborate. I think it was around middle school that I realized just how much joy it brought me. Stephen King has always been a huge influence on the way I think and the way I write.


  2. What is your inspiration? My inspiration comes from a number of places: music, sleep, or just deep thinking.


  3. How did you come up with your stories? My stories come from a variety of places, mostly dreams.


  4. Where is your favorite place to write? I change writing places all the time because I find that routine dampens my writing spirit. If I had to pick one spot though, it’s my kitchen table where I can look out the window and daydream.


  5. Do you plan your stories before starting? I used to be a big plotter when I first started writing. When beginning a new book, I write a rough outline but I almost never follow it through the end. The guide mostly gives me an idea of the things that I want included in the story and by no means controls the outcome.


  6. When did you first consider yourself an author? I think I began to think of myself as a real author when my novel Dead by Morning was picked up by a small publishing company over a year ago. Even though I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, it’s hard to think of myself in terms of being a real author. I think all writers have this struggle though.

  7. Do you see writing as a career? I think one day with enough work, it’s definitely possible.


  8. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The biggest challenge of being an author to me is simply getting the time to write. Life can be hectic sometimes so there will be days or even weeks that pass without me getting the time to write which can be bad if I leave off in the middle of a scene.


  9. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The editing. I have a tendency to use a lot of the same dialogue tags and actions and ensuring that I don’t use the same one too many times in one book can be exhausting at times.


  10. Can you share a little of your current work with us? Here’s a small piece from my current WIP, The Elemental Coven:

    I pick my bangs out of my eyes and give the snake another glare before patting Kado on his side. He’s nowhere near relaxed but stops barking to look at me and I incline my head to the side. Kado growls once more at the snake but obliges and jumps down. I let out a breath of air through my teeth, snake forgotten as I prepare myself for the pain of stepping onto my bad leg. Like my side, it’s tightened up, making progress to the door considerably difficult. I stop a few times, worried I’ll collapse but Kado offers his support to help me across the room. I pet him appreciatively, already glad for his companionship. When I go to open the door, he pads away to growl at the snake again. When the door opens, it reveals Maverick on the other side.
    “You’re not Willow,” I say, folding my arms across my chest as petulantly as possible.
    Maverick smiles. “Your observation skills are remarkable.”
    “Oh yeah? How are yours?” I ask, stepping aside to reveal the snake and Kado. “See anything wrong with this picture?”
    Maverick glances over my shoulder to the bed before grinning. “Gave you a fright?”
    My lip twitches as I bite back my rage. “You guys could’ve warned me about the snake.”
    “But then it would’ve taken the joy out of the meet and greet!”


  11. Do you have advice for any other writers? Develop the toughest skin you can manage and then some. Writing is a hard business, and on most days you’ll want to bury your head in your pillows and stay there but there is light at the end of the tunnel if you have the determination and willingness to put in the effort it takes to get there. Just remember to write because it makes you happy. Don’t lose sight of that.


  12. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers? I appreciate every single person that takes time out of their day to read my work and support me. Writing is hard so having people who are there for me on days when I want to give up makes all the difference. Without my readers, I’m nothing.

 

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Available here on Amazon

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Read our review here Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz

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Read our review here Survive at Midnight by Kayla Krantz

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