MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KRYSTYNA ALLYN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Krystyna Allyn and my main genre is Dark Paranormal Romance/Suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My debut novel, Finding Kylie developed as I typed each word. I’m a natural pantser, meaning I plot as I go along.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a fan of paranormal, shifters & vampires especially. I swear it started when my dad took me to see The Lost Boys. After that experience, I was totally into it. I devoured the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and any film of or relating to the supernatural.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I didn’t have to research as much for the first book. There were certain minor things I had t look into, but for the most part I winged it. Book 2 in my series, Saving Heather, required a lot more research. I can’t get into the depth to prevent certain spoilers, but what I can divulge is that it’s paranormal related.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Hybrid Series started as a fluke. I thought I was only writing one book, but the more I kept typing, the more other characters showed up and wanted me to tell their story.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Book 3 is my favorite so far, though it may change going forward. Of course I can’t really say who it’s about due to pesky spoilers, but it is by far the hardest thing I’ve had to plot.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The theme of the first book is friendship. I pondered the question, “What would you do to save a friend,” and went from there.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, but then I fell in love with Jeremiah and the twists within the story told me there is no way I could do this in one book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work full time, so I don’t get as much writing time as I’d like. I usually work for an hour or two on the weekdays, leaving most Friday’s work free to spend time with my husband. On the weekend I write for about 6 or 7 hours depending on what needs to be done.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Saving Heather is the second book in the Hybrid series and it’s releasing on March 23rd. I’m also plotting another novella, the sequel to Coming For Christmas called Finishing in the New Year.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of them are very important to me, and others I come up with on the fly.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have an insane imagination and the characters manifest from that.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve already done a ménage book, which was by total accident, but I’d like to investigate my darker side. Don’t get me wrong, seriously messed up things happen in Finding Kylie, but I’ve jotted some even crazier stuff down.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing! It takes so much longer than the actual writing. Thank goodness for editors and proofreaders.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they’re cool, but I’m not sure if I’d ever want one for my stories.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Publishing. It was never part of my life plan, but I’m so glad I did.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting people. I’m a constant yapper and love chatting with fans.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hanging out with the husband and maybe finishing up another book.
Have you always liked to write?
Weirdly no. I mean I’ve always been interested in telling a story, but my crazy brain never thought to put them down on paper. I was more of an active, all over the place kid. I think by the time I reached adulthood and calmed, my brain told me it was time to let the words fly free.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Publishing is hard, really hard. Make sure you have a plan. Since the writing part is easy, you’ve won half the battle. There will be times when you want to give up, but stay the course. As Dory from Finding Nemo says, “Just keep swimming.”
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Sleep or read. Since there isn’t a career in it per se, I wouldn’t mind planning events. I’ve done it before and enjoyed it.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I’ve read a few, but don’t make it a practice of reading many. I’ve gotten bad reviews before, but I don’t let it bother me.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
If you’ve read Finding Kylie, then you know our characters were left in a certain predicament. This book is told mainly from the POV of Jeremiah and Kylie and you see the aftermath of the revelations from the first book. I can divulge that you will find out something new and interesting about one of the characters from book 1 in the first chapter. J
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I love pnr and contemporary and they’re fairly easy to balance. I have no special formula on how, I just do. It’s helpful that I differentiate the two by my style of writing, meaning pnr is always in the third person and contemporary in the first.
Where did your love of books come from?
Not sure. I love a good story, no matter what the format.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
So many. For PNR I’m going to have to say Erica Stevens/ Brenda K Davies, JR Ward, Mason Sabre, Cynthia Eden & Jeaniene Frost. Contemporary Lauren Rowe, Ella Frank, Brooke Blaine, Kristen Ashley & Cm Owens. There are so many more, but these guys stick out at the moment.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Jared is my favorite at the moment. He’s unapologetic, funny and does whatever to get what he wants. I can’t wait to finally be able to focus on his story.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. Well the editing is what exhaust me.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media is the devil. I try to stay away while writing by using a timer to write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I do whatever comes to my mind and only hope its original. There’s a book I have planned for maybe next year, which is slightly different from what I normally write. I can’t say much about the project yet, but I’m fairly cretin it’s going to be a doozy of a task.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have loads of author friends who I ask questions. They’ve been super helpful with so many things.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Scatterbrain: A true story about Krystyna Allyn
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
None in particular. I’m an open book and have probably already answered it at some point.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview❤️ Welcome