When I started this blog it was to share my journey to publication. I really anticipated a rather long journey, but I sold my first book rather quickly and the journey changed. This blog changed. But now I'm bringing it back around.
Let's talk about journey's.
We met through our publisher Lyrical/Kensington. Kensington does a nice job of providing a place for authors to get together and support each other. Kyra and I seemed to always be in sync with these things. Promoting books at the same time. Participating in the same blog hop. Inevitably, the path let us to developing our own community (KickAss Chicks) for which I am tremendously grateful.
If you're a writer reading this- I cannot express to you enough the importance of having a support system outside of the people in your house.
Kyra has just had her 3rd book released- HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR
Like me, Kyra had a bit of a stumble after her first book.
Like me she ventured into self publishing.
And she just kept writing. Creating new books for readers to enjoy.
I sat down with Kyra and picked her brain about her journey from publication to today. This is what she had to say:
Tell us about your first book, when did it release, and did you go Indie or Traditional?
My debut novel was ARMED WITH STEELE (the Hometown Heroes Collection), a romantic suspense published by Lyrical Press. Facebook’s timehop reminded me I received the offer from Lyrical 3 years ago last week, with the book releasing in August of 2013.
What about your second book? When did it release and what venue did you use?
My second book, FLIRTING WITH FIRE (Book 2 in the Hometown Heroes Collection) released 11 months later in July of 2014. With FWF I chose to give self-publishing a try to understand the behind-the-scenes process.
I ask these questions because many time new writers think that it gets easier after the first sale. But once you publish your first book the new obstacle becomes momentum. This can be very overwhelming. Kyra kept pushing forward.
Did you have an agent through all this or after?
I actually found my agent Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Lit in the fall of 2014 after my first two books had released. I was actively looking for a publisher to pick up HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR, and pitched it on Twitter’s awesome #pitmad event. Dawn favorited my tweet and, well, the rest is history. She’s awesome, by the way. 😉
This is your 3rd release. It’s a series of how many books? Stand alone?
Yes, HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR is my third published novel. It’s the first book in the Checkerberry Inn series, which I’m hoping will become at least a 3 book collection. With the current and ever-growing cast of characters, the possibilities are endless.
Book 2 in the Checkerberry Inn series is drafted and “simmering” right now. Needed a little space to allow myself fresh eyes for upcoming edits.
In the meantime, I’m working on book 2 in a new fantasy/paranormal romance series I just signed with Samhain. All three books in this dragon-shifter saga (think GOT meets Thor) will release in 2016, the first being DRAGONS AMONG THEM next April.
What’s been the hardest part of your journey so far?
Ah, that’s easy: being patient. I stink at the whole patience thing (ask any of my family and friends—they’ll totally agree with my self-diagnosis). The publishing industry is NOT a quick process. Though, like it or not, in many cases that’s probably a good thing. Better to allow time for edits, collaboration, and beta reads than to hurry up and publish a book that’s half-baked or riddled with typos. Plus, I’m learning that instead of sitting at my laptop waiting for email responses to queries and requests, what I really should be doing is writing the next book. And the next one. And the next one. 😉
What’s been the best?
That’d be you! LOL (isn't she sweet :-))
Had I not broken my finger back in 2010 and found myself with extra time on my hands indoors, I might never have penned ARMED WITH STEELE. And if that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have met countless new, amazing friends in the writing world—and all OVER the world!
I’ve made so many wonderful connections with other authors at each publishing house, in writing classes, through online email loops, and even at our local writers group. And the KickAss Chicks? Well, you all have become my anchor in this every-fluctuating sea of the writing life. Don’t know where I’d be without you! xoxo (I feel the same way)
Thank you so much for such a fun interview, Kristi – I loved it!
Thanks for having a candid conversation with me, Kyra. I wish you great success with this novel and all those that follow. Thank you for your friendship, your honesty (because you know I always need a kick in the pants), and for always being a cheerleader. You're KICKASS:-)
You can connect with Kyra at any of the following links:
Thanks for coming by friends. If you're a new writer looking for support- reach out to me or find a group on Facebook.
Until next time~ Keep Moving forward.