Interview with Kathy Cyr

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover ebooks through various websites, search engines and recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. When I was a little girl, the stories were always about princesses, damsels in distress, prince charming, etc.
What is your writing process?
My environment has to be quiet and I need to be alone to really get into my head and see the story play out in my head. I also have to write long hand, using up lots of 5 subject notebooks, looseleaf paper, binders and more.
Once I feel the story is complete, I'll type it into my computer and go over it again until the story is at it's best.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I started out reading Nancy Drew mysteries and Sweet Valley high. There isn't one story, in particular, that effected me, but books themselves. I love the journey a book can take you on, the way it can give me butterflies or make me want to stay up all night just to read what happens next.
How do you approach cover design?
I sketch ideas out on paper first, then scan them into my computer. I used to create fairy/fantasy art, as well as, children's illustrations, so I'm comfortable with Photoshop and Illustrator. I draw/paint various designs, until I have the look just right.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Just five? That's difficult, because I love so many.

1. The Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
2. The Fablehaven series - Brandon Mull
3. The Charlie Bone series - Jenny Nimmo
4. The Tapestry series - Henry Neff
5. The Five Kingdoms series - Toby Neighbors

I love books that are in a series. I never want the story to end.
The five above gave me goosebumps, butterflies and made me read them in a (sort of) frenzy. I HAD to keep going and find out more.
My list for fave books is super extensive and all within the middle grade (9-12 yrs. old) fantasy category.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read within the category that I write. Middle grade fantasy (9-12 yrs. old)
There are so many books out there that I love.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Nook for all my ebook reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
No techniques yet. I'm new to marketing and there is alot to learn.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually surrounded by how-to books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, soft & hard cover novels that I fell in love with, binders, folders, lots of paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and grew up in the northeast, but it did not and never has influenced my writing.
I am head over heels in love with Ireland with the UK and Scotland coming in a close second. The images in my head are 90% set overseas.
Published 2014-10-22.
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Books by This Author

The Amethyst Guardian: Max Hamby Book 6
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,260. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Max goes on the hunt for the Amethyst Guardian and Merrihaven is more vulnerable than its ever been before. Isolde sees the perfect opportunity to attack and sends in her army to capture everyone. To save them, Max must sacrifice himself or risk losing them forever.
Max Hamby Boxed Set 2
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 125,780. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Bonedread has escaped and he's on a mission to get paid one way or another. The first order of business is to auction off Celadine and get as much money as he can for the elder dwarf's daughter.
Max Hamby Boxed Set 1
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 139,670. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. With the help of some unlikely allies, Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother before it's too late. Strange things begin to happen.
The Blue Fire: Max Hamby Book 5
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,330. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The quest for the other stones leads Max and his companions to the Three Streams in search of the Three Sisters – Miseria, Vae and Dolor. It doesn’t go as planned and one of them is left marked in a most curious way. An unexpected call for help has them changing course.
The Faeryn Cross: Max Hamby Book 4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,160. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Max, Milo and the twins cannot leave Merrihaven and are being closely guarded by an army of pixies. Time is running out. Three stones have been found, but four more are out there and no way to get to them.
The Onyx Eyes: Max Hamby Book 3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,620. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The battle at Dunmere is over, the first two stones have been found and Milo is safe... Everything is calm......for now.
The Emerald Hunt: Max Hamby Book 2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,220. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Max Hamby’s story continues, but this time he is joined by Milo Jenkins. The battle between good and evil has just begun.
The Blood Diamond: Max Hamby Book 1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,060. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. With the help of some unlikely allies, Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother before it's too late.