Interview with Kira Shay
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While it's definitely not the first book I read, I can definitively say that one of the most influential books I devoured when I was a child was "Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare. For a number of years it was my absolute favorite. Looking at what I write now, I can see the influence of the rebellious and headstrong woman that was Kit in a lot of my characters. Oh and the "witchy" bits.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a collaboration with my very very talented artist friends. I give them a synopsis of what I've written, any ideas that I think would look intriguing, and the general feel of what I want the potential readers to feel when gazing upon the cover. Hot beverages and chocolate is often involved. They usually laugh at me and then make an EVEN BETTER cover happen! I tremble in awe of my cover artists.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
What? Only 5? Oh my gosh, the pressure! I... I don't know if I can do this... Um... Fussbucket...
1. Shakespeare's Hamlet (yeah, it's a play, not a book, but I stand by this choice!) No one does drama like the Bard!
2. Lamb by Christopher Moore- my annual romp through the basics of Christianity. Who can't love that?
3. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- This is an incredible, magical story that I could not put down! I ditched my husband on a date night because I couldn't stop reading it... Then I made him read it!
4. The Power by Naomi Alderman- A great twist on the power shifts and struggles of men and women. It's a newer book, but it's in depth and endlessly fascinating!
5. The Dragon and the Unicorn by A. A. Antanasio- This series is a retelling of the Authurian Legends... Though I have to say I really only like the first one. It meshes science, the universe, ancient mythology, and an extensive vocabulary.
There I did it. I chose only 5. I feel dirty now...
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading is automatically pleasure for me. I love to see how people weave their stories. I do have a penchant for fantasy because, well, that's what I write. However, I do read a lot of history and religion.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a nook. I know. It's old school, but it's what I have.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book marketing is a tricky tricky thing. Mostly, it's the cover art that draws the most readers. I have a couple of witty elevator speeches, but my cover artists show me up every time.
Describe your desk
My desk is bright and colorful (I can't stand blank spaces). It has lots of pictures and funny quotes. There are a few strategically placed pops, my current reference books and story notes, and a place for my water bottle. I have a portable blue tooth speaker that I play cinemix on. And my ancient laptop is covered in stickers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Phoenix suburb in Arizona. The place didn't so much influence my writing, rather than the people who raised me. They were the ones who gave me my voice and my love of stories. Phoenix is just the background.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in grade school. I think first or second grade. Maybe earlier. They were silly stories that I took very seriously. They all had dark, dramatic overtones. I was very dramatic as a child (who am I kidding? I am still very dramatic).
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story I am working on now is actually the third book of my Angel's Prophecy series. This is the start of the apocalypse and right before my author sister Sidney Reetz and I begin our combined efforts. We are working together on this series of 9 which has been a great learning experience. I have loved every minute of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always known I wanted to be a writer. Always. Ever since I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, my answer was unerringly "writer/author". Being an indie author offered me the most control to see my stories come to life. It's not the easiest thing in the world, but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm. And my husband after I've hit the snooze button too many times.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I craft or read or start thinking of a new story idea.
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Books by This Author
Uncarved - A Nornir Saga
by Kira Shay
Fate is fixed by the runes carved into Yggdrasil by the Nornir. When new runes mysteriously appear on the tree foretelling of great destruction, the Nornir must find a way to uncarve this disastrous destiny. Runes don’t lie. But could they be wrong?
Fair to Middling
by Kira Shay
An Arizona Native WWII Vet shares his memories of the Air Force and the war with his granddaughter. Complete with authentic letters he wrote to his family.
Legend of the Strega
by Kira Shay
Stella Evangeline is a witch destined to start a religious revolution. Stella thinks she has a handle on the whole situation. Until a goddess-given magic mirror was stolen from her. As if the end of the world wasn’t incentive enough to get the mirror back, Stella's very own brother is taken hostage. To rescue him, Stella goes against her coven’s decision and ventures into Hell itself.
From the Darkest Corner
by Kira Shay, Megan E. Vaughn, & Sidney Reetz
Ghosts, demons, and other children of the night tell their side of each haunting story within this debut anthology. Ranging from Gothic horror to devilish comedy, this collection of stories will have you checking under your bed. From the Darkest Corner pulls together the great literary minds of Sidney Reetz, Megan E. Vaughn, and Kira Shay in this ghostly anthology.