Kyle Shoop is the author of the Acea Bishop trilogy. After spending several years volunteering in his wife's elementary classrooms, he was inspired to write the series. The first book is Acea and the Animal Kingdom. The second book is Acea and the Seven Ancient Wonders. Book three has just been released and is Acea and the Adventure Thru Time. Kyle currently lives in Utah with his wife and children. In addition to writing novels, Kyle is also a practicing attorney.
What is your writing process?
My writing process requires that I first spend a lot of time researching the underlying subject of the novels. For book one, I spent a long time researching about many different animals and how their interesting facts could be woven into the story. (I will never again research tarantulas - I spent way to long staring at their pictures and videos for the book.) Same thing with the Seven Ancient Wonders for book two. I've typically spent a year doing the research and outlining the plot before I actually begin writing. Then, once I begin writing, it's another year or so to completion of the first draft.
What do you read for pleasure?
This may be a surprise, but I actually don't do much, if any, reading in the genre in which I write - middle grade fantasy/adventure. I like to keep my books as free from influence from other books in my genre as possible. Much of what I read for pleasure are actually non-fiction books or articles. I think this comes from my background from when I received my undergrad degree in philosophy. I'm always looking for a good story with a well-developed character, big reveal, or interesting plot hook - so I'm not against reading any genre if it has any of those things.