Interview with Kira Saito

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, since I was a little girl I wanted to be an author. Of course, reality and society told me to pick a more attainable dream. When the indie revolution took over, I knew I couldn`t give up on my dream.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is amazing. It allows indie authors to reach writers and markets that they couldn`t have had on their own. Thanks to Smashwords, I have had great success on IBooks and other platforms. I love Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Entertaining and informing my readers. I love to transport them to worlds they couldn`t have reached on their own!
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers who are patient enough to read my book and pick up the next one. I love my fans! Without them, there would be no dream.
What are you working on next?
I am planning a series called the Spirits of St. Augustine. It is an adult series filled with magic, romance and time travel and history!
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Isabel Allende, there are too many to name!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dream of creating a new world that will help readers travel to a unique time and place.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was awful. It was about a murder that took place on a rainy New York night.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a great cover designer. I flip through covers that I feel match the mood of my book and then ask my designer to create a better version of the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love Southern Gothic fiction. The mood and atmosphere sweep me away.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad. It is sleek and I can download different reading apps.
Describe your desk
It is a big wooden desk. Very messy with stacks of research papers, pens and books.
Published 2018-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Risen, An Arelia LaRue Novel #8
Pre-release—available July 31, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,470. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue’s strange world expands as she goes deep into the heart of the city’s mystical fabric and discovers hidden truth that is stranger than fiction.
The Girl on Prytania Street
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 74,500. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A hardnosed journalist. A missing daughter. A deadly betrayal. And a discovery that will turn the world on its head…
Rebelled, An Arelia LaRue Novel #7
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 73,340. Language: American English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Down in New Orleans, there is a dangerous, deadly and unpredictable war brewing. Arelia LaRue quickly realizes that both the physical and spiritual worlds are at risk along with countless unsuspecting souls. From the chaos, romance and brutality of revolutionary Haiti, Arelia chases after the past only to find that its implications are now fully manifesting.
Repressed, An Arelia LaRue Novel #6
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 75,010. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Down in New Orleans, Arelia quickly discovers that there is no rest for the weary or for the wicked. With Emilie desperate to destroy her at any cost, Arelia must act like a true Queen and find answers to questions that she isn’t ready to ask.
Secrets of Darkwood Kitchen. Spirited NOLA Recipes that will Sweep you Away...
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 26,180. Language: American English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / Southern States, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Feeling spiritless? Need to be swept away to a gorgeous antebellum plantation full of mystery, delicious food, history and a cast of colorful characters? The Darkwood cook book, based on the Arelia LaRue series, is the cure.
Suppressed, An Arelia LaRue Novel #5
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,490. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
After facing her tragic past and remembering who she really is, Arelia LaRue is back and stronger than ever. However, with great power there also comes even greater responsibility.... Filled with new spirits, an epic love story that spans over a century, betrayal, heart ache, revenge and delicious food, Arelia’s world will spirit you away…
The Arelia LaRue Series Novels 1-4
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel. Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 246,880. Language: American English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
FOR A LIMITED TIME GET THE ARELIA LARUE SERIES NOVELS 1-4 on Sale! This set includes 4 full novels Bound Punished Possessed Oppressed Enter the intoxicating world of New Orleans Hoodoo/Voodoo! Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well...
Oppressed An Arelia LaRue Novel #4
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,840. Language: American English. Published: December 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue ventures further into the world of les mysteries and comes face to face with secrets that threaten to turn her entire world upside down. A tragically painful past is revisited... Secrets are revealed… And enemies are exposed… In the intoxicating world of New Orleans Voodoo/Hoodoo expect the unexpected.
Possessed, An Arelia LaRue Book #3 YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 62,140. Language: American English. Published: July 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue's once ordinary life has been transformed into something truly odd. As she ventures further into the word of Les Mysteries she realizes that nothing is ever as simple as it appears.
Punished Arelia LaRue Book #2
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 61,540. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue's once ordinary life has been transformed into something truly extraordinary. As her ability to work and communicate with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood's secretive owner, Lucus LaPlante. However, Arelia quickly realizes that beneath Darkwood's seemingly extravagant surface, there are secrets...
Bound, An Arelia LaRue Novel #1 YA Paranormal Romance
Series: An Arelia LaRue Novel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 53,310. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. A well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, forces her to confront the powers that she has been denying her whole life.