© 2013 Clive Eaton
Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. Her published novels include: Flight Of Dragons, Elfblood, and Shadow Born. As a little girl, her favourite books were those that told of ordinary children who travelled to magical worlds. She’s yet to find her own magic wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.
Book title: Elfblood
Charlie is an elfblood, descended of a conquered people brought to the brink of extinction in the aftermath of a long war. Being able to pass for human gives Charlie an advantage over most of his kind. Only those who look at his record or those he chooses to tell, need ever know his secret. Growing up in an orphanage is hard enough without having to live with that stigma.
When soldiers come and haul the kids off to a prison work camp, Charlie finds himself no longer able to hide the truth of what he is. If that isn’t bad enough, the magic buried inside him is growing stronger and more out of control. As Charlie struggles with his own problems, and with the dangers of the work camp, he finds himself swept up in a much larger struggle, one whose outcome will decide the future of the world.
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
I read mostly, but I also like to watch a movie now and then or play my Xbox.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to read, ever since I was a kid. One day at school I was in-between assignments and I’d finished the book I was reading so I just started writing.
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
Elfblood was inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe story The Fall of the House of Usher. It actually started out as a short story. I had two different beginnings and I was trying to figure out which one I wanted to use when I realized it was actually two different stories. One of them turned into Elfblood.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) Several of the teenagers in this book have supernatural powers, such as telepathy and precognition.
2) Charlie’s best friend has a secret that will change Charlie’s life.
3) There is a lost magic that only Charlie can find.
News item: Elfblood has just been chosen by Apple's iBookstore as a Breakout Book
What research did you need to do for this book?
I had to do a little research about guns but that was it.
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known? No.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress. I have five projects in the works. The fourth book in the Time Of Shadows Series, the final book in the Firebrand Trilogy, the sequel to Dragonstar, and two new projects.
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
I wrote three drafts then gave the book to my mom to proofread. She proofreads all my work and always has helpful and constructive criticism to offer. Then I sent it to my editor, whom I had worked with on my first novel. She suggested a few changes and once I made them she passed it on to the publisher and it was accepted.
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
I need music. I can write in silence if I have to, but I don’t seem to be as productive without the background noise.
How easy did you find it getting a publisher?
Well, it was no trouble for this book because I already had a publisher. But for my first book it took a lot of looking around, because that first book is fairly short and it was hard to find anybody willing to look at it. But once I did, things moved quickly.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) The first draft of any book is a painful process in a way because it takes so long and I’m just pulling stuff out of thin air. I don’t use an outline.
2) When I hit that second draft and I’m trying to decide what to keep and what to cut.
3) Having to stop. Just having to say enough is enough and let the book out into the world.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
I used to get writer’s block but not anymore. By working on several projects at once, I never get that stale feeling. I always have something different going on.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Don’t give up. No matter how disappointed or depressed or dispirited you get you have to keep trying. It’s better to try and fail then to give up and spend the rest of your life wondering what would have happened if you hadn’t.
What genre does your book fall into?
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
Fantasy books have always been my favourite books to read so I’m not surprised to find that’s what I like to write.
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were the stories that awoke a love for the fantasy genre in me.
2) Stephen King – He has this way of writing that just makes the characters pop right off the page. And he’s not afraid to write whatever needs to be written to make a story work.
3) Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman – I put them together because their Dragonlance books are what made me fall in love with dragons.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Alice in Wonderland
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
The Dark Tower Series. Nobody weaves a story like Stephen King.
Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?
Paperback. I love everything about real books. The way they look and feel. Even the way they smell. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book in your hands.
Hollywood is calling
You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?
Nathan Gamble-Charlie, Connor Hill-Peter, Sophie Turner-Miranda, Luke Bilyk-Grant, Nick Benson-Thomas. I think they would stay most true to the image of these characters that I have in my head.
The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?
Breaking Benjamin. They’re my favourite band.
Drink – Water
Meal – Pepperoni pizza
Holiday destination – Gulf Shores, Alabama
TV programme – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Film – Labyrinth
Method of travel – Car
Sport – Ice Skating
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