MY INTERVIEW WITH KAYLA KRANTZ
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Kayla Krantz. As for genre, I am constantly adapting. So far, I have explored thrillers, horror, fantasy, psychological, and romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My current book is a Halloween novella called The Moon Warriors. In this story, a Coven of witches and a group of demons have been at war for centuries and now live in peace under an agreement where members of either side are not permitted to cross the boundary. When Talia’s beloved is killed, she immediately suspects a demon is behind it and crosses the border to search. On the other side, however, she meets her first demon, named Marcus, and her entire belief system is turned upside down. With the help of Marcus and Talia’s familiar, Mushroom, she gets to the bottom of her sweetheart’s death and learns the importance of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.
I came up with the idea for this story from a prompt. Originally, this story was intended to be part of an anthology although it was unfortunately canceled by the publisher.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always had a fascination with psychological and horror novels because of Stephen King. He was definitely the inspiration behind my choice of genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I didn’t do any actual research, just used the surplus amount of paranormal information I keep on file in my brain.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to write at least three times a week, even if it’s just a line of dialogue or a blurb. I don’t have a set spot to write, but I do have specific times of day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Currently, I am getting things prepared for NaNoWriMo where I plan to tackle The Sage which is the third book in my Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I like unique names, ones that stand out and readers will remember. I’ve always found common names too dull unless they characters with really small parts.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from a number of sources. Sometimes they come from just a song or a dream or other times I’ll see a billboard while driving or hear something on the radio. For me, inspiration has no limits.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve never really wanted to experiment with romance but after expanding my reading, I’ve found my writing style has changed drastically. I think if I do explore more genres, I’ll try my hand at literary fiction next.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing. Writing everything down on paper for the first time is always so exciting but when it comes time to go back and clean it up, it can be dull and even frustrating sometimes to get all the details exactly right.
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 book trailers are a fantastic way to show off the highlights of your work. I have some for a few of my works but down the road I hope to get some made for all of my projects.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is being able to show my ideas off to the world.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always read reviews, both good and bad. It’s the best way to get a feel for who my readers are. When I get bad reviews, I use them to help me strengthen my writing. Without proper feedback, I wouldn’t be able to grow as a writer.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Formatting. As an indie author, I am hands on with just about every aspect of publishing, and I’ve found that writing the html necessary to create a MOBI/Epub book can be a real time-consuming pain in the butt.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is a tiny excerpt from The Sage:
“I don’t know why I thought this would be so easy. I thought…joining the Elementals, I’d see her again. Katrina. And that we’d be happy together. Like we used to be. But…”
“There’s no such thing as a happy ending in war,” I point out, mind flaring with the pain of all the losses I had endured during the Battle of Ignis.
“So what’s the point?”
“The point is survival. Survival with the hope that one day it’ll be worth it. So that one day, you can have your happy ending.”
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always loved stories and their ability to transport us to other worlds beyond our own. Reading has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember for this very reason.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Stephen King is, and will always be, my favorite author. His books just range across so many genres and ideas that it’s amazing to think all those stories came from the same brain.
My favorite book, however, is Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten because I fell in love with the audiobook version. The story is so compelling on its own but mixed with the narrator, it became hypnotic.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Chance from my dark urban fantasy series, the Rituals of the Night, will always be my favorite character because he has no limits, no boundaries. He’s daring and fun to write because he has very, very little that he won’t say or do.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. There’s something about putting pen to paper and creating people and places that makes me feel on top of the world.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Real-life. When I’m stressed or have a lot on my plate, I simply can’t dedicate the time to writing that I would like to. Not to mention that during these times, I am more likely to also have writer’s block when I do get the time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I always try to be original because the ideas in my head wouldn’t be sufficed by stuffing them into predetermined boxes.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
If I were to write a book about my life, I think I would name it something dramatic like Me: The Story of an Antisocial Underdog.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I am on just about every social media platform known to man but the ones I frequent the most are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my website.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️