Kitty Mummy was recently privileged to interview author Kyra Halland. She writes some great books, but best of all she loves cats so she deserves pride of place here today. Thank you Kyra. We asked her the following questions:
1. What is your routine as a writer?
Writing is my full-time job. In the mornings, I take care of social media, correspondence, blog posts, finances, stuff like that. My writing workday starts late in the morning or early in the afternoon. I spend the first half writing on a new project; right now my aim is 1300 words a day. The second half I spend on revising and editing my next book to be released. I take breaks about every half hour to move around, do some chores, play a non-verbal game to clear my mind.
2. What is it that drives you personally as an author?
The need to tell stories. I have these characters living in my head demanding that I tell their stories. I have to give these characters life by writing their stories and releasing them into the world, or else they’ll never leave me alone.
3. I see you have an ambition to be a crazy cat lady. As someone who has already achieved said status, may I ask do you find your cats help you with your writing?
I have two cats, Kumo (Japanese for cloud), a longhaired gray cat, about 11 years old; we think he’s a Turkish Van (he was found as a stray or feral cat). And Sawyer, a shorthair tabby on top, white underneath, about 7 years old. They make sure I don’t sit down for too long (which is bad for your health) by asking me to feed them or let them out into the yard. And since I’m alone in the house all day (my kids have grown up and moved out, and my husband is at work all day), they give me someone to talk to. And, of course, any manuscript can be improved by the addition of a little cat hair.
4. Who is your favourite character to date and why?
Oh, goodness, that’s like asking me to choose my favorite of my kids and grandkids 🙂 I love all my characters, each for different reasons. Probably one of my most memorable characters is Roric Rossony, the professor of magical theory from The Lost Book of Anggird. He’s an extraordinarily complicated man; I was stuck on that book for years until he opened up and told me all about himself and his appalling past. Once I understood who he was and why he was the way he was, the book fell into place. And then there’s Silas Vendine, the bounty-hunting, gunslinging mage from my most recent books, the Daughter of the Wildings series, and his wife-student-sidekick Lainie Vendine, the rancher’s daughter who goes from being terrified of her magical powers to being a hugely powerful mage – maybe even more powerful than Silas!
5. Please say a few words about your latest book and why we should read it.
My latest project is actually a multi-author boxed set that I’m very excited to be part of. It’s called Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set. Basically, as C.J. Brightley, the coordinator of this boxed set, says, “Noblebright fantasy has at least one important character with noble, idealistic motives who does the right thing out of principle. The character is flawed, but his or her actions are generally defined by honesty, integrity, sacrifice, love, and kindness. The story upholds the goodness of the character; the character’s good qualities are not held up as naiveté, cluelessness, or stupidity, but rather shown to be worthwhile. Good characters can make a difference. Noblebright characters can learn and grow. They can deliberately choose to be kind when tempted to be unkind, they can choose generosity when it hurts, and they can influence their world and other characters for the better.” My book Beneath the Canyons is part of this set along with 11 other full-length novels and a handful of short stories, a great value for the price of $1.99. It releases on Tuesday Oct. 18, at these stores: