Interview with Kya Lind

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Are you kidding? I was probably five. I am sure it was not in recognizable English. I am more of a story teller. My whole childhood was filled with making up stories to tell to my brothers, sister, and cousins. I was always corrected for my endless "daydreaming". All my life, people said, "You should write that one down." Writing was always something I intended to get around to.... but I was too busy living life to stop and just do it. When I was laid off from my job in 2012, I freaked out. And then it dawned on me, I had the perfect opportunity to do what I had always said I wanted too. My first full length novel, In the Lion's eyes, took four months. My second, Gifted Magic, (the first in the White Dragon Tower series) took two months. Second, The Queen's tribute, took only a week. the third, Dragon's Song, took three months. - I got my characters into the mountains and could not figure out how to get them to the Tower. I kept thinking "they are going to die."
In my year of unemployment-sabbathical-much needed break, I wrote eight complete novels and nine unfinished ones. Many are in the editing process as we speak. I can't wait for you to have the chance to read and enjoy them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance. Romance. Self-help. Romance. Education. Romance. Romance.Gardening. Romance.
About fifteen years ago, my brother was driving a truck and bought a speed reading program. Since he did not have the time to try it out himself during his free 90 day trial, he asked me to see it if was worth the money. My reading speed jumped to almost 1,400 words a minute. My kids say I go through books like popcorn. I buy books from the thrift stores for pennies on the dollar, devour them by the boxful, and return them to be enjoyed by others. My house looks like a giant library. I love books. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures -and that statement is coming from a dyslexic, who didn't learn to read until the beginning of sixth grade.
Describe your desk
My laptop in the middle of my king-size bed, with twenty pillows.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Northern Arkansas, in Ozark Mountains. When i was growing up, everyone lived in their grandmother's backyard. - the original parents moved to the mountains, and when their children grew up, they built their houses on the land next to their parent's house. I grew up surrounded by great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Lots of cousins! I was the oldest grandchild, and at fourteen I remember babysitting fourteen cousins/sibling and three great grandparents, while all the adult women went to town once a month. The best way to entertain large groups of young children - without TV, radio, phones, and any modern day electronics - was storytelling. I would make up adventures for us to experience when it was to hot, cold, or wet to go outside.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Eight full-length novels in one year, and a hundred polite computer-generated rejections to my query letters.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When my first-read group reads a new section to my latest work and demands more. I am looking forward to reading my reviews from you. I hope you enjoy them just as much.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My daughter and I watched a documentary on the theory of quantum physics. The 'what ifs' rolled through my mind. What if you could see time? What would that talent look like and how would it effect your life and the lives of all those around you. What would you do with such a talent/curse. Dr. Megan Sugar's story unfolded, the story of a ordinary lady with an extra-ordinary gift and the man who wants to be her future.
Published 2014-06-19.
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