Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Interview & Giveaway with Kira Shayde, author of Ancient Heat

Now available to purchase on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Books, and Barnes & Noble is the paranormal romance Ancient Heat, book one in The Followers series, by Kira Shayde.

The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

As a child, I had a severe case of over imagination and would not shut up. I wrote my first romance in fifth grade (I vaguely remember it also featured a cat). In high school, I wrote angsty poetry and had a sketchbook where I drew just parts of people. Then I found sci-fi and began to express the weirdness in my head on paper. But after a half-completed sci-fi/paranormal novel drew confusion from a class of general fiction writers (is your heroine an animal or an alien?) and consternation from a sci-fi group (why is there sex in this?), I lost my gumption and stopped writing for a long time.

What was your first book/story published?

My first story published was in 2012. On Par with a Fairy by Lyla Bardan is a young adult fantasy novella about a fairy who sacrifices immortality to become human and date a teen boy.

What inspired you to write Ancient Heat?

My dreams. All my books are inspired by my weird, lucid dreams.

What character in Ancient Heat is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

None of the characters are like me. The heroine has a number of traits from my daughter though, my son pops up in a couple of the secondary characters, and whenever I needed the hero to be a moody poop, I relied on my husband. LOL.

What is your favorite part in Ancient Heat?

One of my favorite scenes is when the hero is deeply saddened as he forces the heroine away, telling her they can’t be together. I also love when the heroine first hunts prey.

What was the hardest part to write?

Showing the hero’s struggle. He comes across jerky sometimes, but he’s a werelion with anti-human issues and a human is now trapped in his intended mate’s body, and then he’s frustrated because he’s really starting to like this human!

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Singer or director of a wildlife organization.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do read reviews and take note of what readers say. I have a re-release coming out later this month of a novella first published three years ago. As I worked through the manuscript, I definitely put thought into what the readers said.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Shelly Laurenston, Lora Leigh, Jennifer Ashley, Jade Lee, Nina Bangs, Kristin Cashore.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

There are two novellas published in my Primal Shifters series, set in Africa with lion and hyena shifters (Bane of Her Desire; Desires at War). I’m currently working on the third novella in that series (Cool Blue Desire). I’m working on the sequel to Ancient Heat, which will feature falcon shifters along with a number of werelion characters from Ancient Heat. I also have two other sci-fi/paranormal novels on deck.

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About the Author

As a paranormal romance writer, Kira Shayde explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can’t help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing romance, passion, and happy endings.

Kira enjoys studying love, sex, and relationships, and has a thing for shapeshifters, demons, mythological gods, and the fae. On a personal level, she is devoted to animal and ecological conservation…and devil's food cake.

Visit www.kirashayde.com/ for more information about the author.

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  1. Enjoyed your interview.

  2. I want to thank this blog for the intro to Kira and her work. I am now a fan.

  3. I really look forward to reading this book.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

    1. Gina - Great to hear that you want to read my book! And thanks for stopping by.

      Kira Shayde


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