Saturday, July 12, 2014

Interview with Kyra Lennon, author of Sidelined

Today is a very special post!  I am interviewing Kyra Lennon as a part of the Sidelined Blog Tour!  I’ve read all of her books and I love the characters and the world that she has created. Sidelined was my favorite book in the series!

So, welcome to Kyra!  How did you come up with the idea for the Game On series?

Hey Krista, thanks for having me! The original Game On book came to me initially with the characters of Radleigh and Leah, this intense pair who are attracted to each other, but really don’t like each other. It was never supposed to be a series – that happened later when people told me they really liked my secondary characters, so I just went with it and now we’re at Book 3!

Personally, I love it turned into a series – you’ve got some great secondary characters! Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do you have a favorite character?

Leah has always been the easiest character for me to write, I suppose because she was the original character. And she’s British lol. I was surprised how easily Bree’s voice came to me, too though. I’ve never written a ditzy character before, and it was a lot of fun to write her completely random thought processes.
As for a favourite character – that’s sort of like asking a parent which of their children they like best! I will always be especially fond of Leah and Radleigh, but I also love Jesse, and Bree, and Miguel. It’s hard to choose!

That can be like asking a parent to choose which child they love best. I don’t think I could pick my favorite character! Oops… What is your drug of choice while writing? Chocolate, tea, coffee?

I’m pretty boring when it comes to writing snacks and drinks. I usually start with a coffee to fire up my brain, then switch to water.

Coffee and water, healthy. What is your deepest, darkest secret?  Well… that is a little personal… Which do you like better chocolate or vanilla?

Haha, let’s save the deep, dark secrets for another day! :p I’m going to say vanilla.

*pencils day in calendar to learn Kyra’s secrets* So… What is your favorite part of the Game On series?

Oof, that’s a big question! I have two massive favourite parts. In Game On, Radleigh invites himself on a day out with Leah’s family and at the end of the day, they have their first real conversation during which Leah starts to see that he isn’t the complete pig he’s shown himself to be through the rest of the story. And in Sidelined, I love everything that happens in the last quarter of the book. It’s where the major turning point for Bree occurs, and it’s all quite dark and very emotional. Writing those events was so hard, but I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Very emotional – holy yes! I cried half that book. Anyway… What is the best writing advice that you’ve received? Or the worst advice…

I can’t recall where I read it, but the other day I saw the advice that you should always try to write for the current market. I thought it was weird for two reasons – firstly, almost everyone else I know says NOT to write for the market, and secondly because who know how long It will take you? By the time you’ve got that book for the current market written, the market will probably have changed again and you could have spent that time writing the book you wanted to write instead of trying to fit in.

I completely agree. We have no idea what the market will be and it changes to often to write like that. And the most important question, can we hear a little sneak peek for the next Game On book?

Aww, I wish I could show you! But all I have right now are parts that would spoil Sidelined for those who haven’t read it yet!

I guess we will have to keep waiting then! Thanks so much for letting me host you today! Your book is wonderful, you have my bawling, and I can’t wait to read the next one! Here’s a little more information about the book for the rest of you! :) Be sure to check it out!

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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  1. Thank you so much for the interview, Krista! x

  2. Great interview! I love how Kyra's whole series snowballed from two characters. It's great to read all their stories. Looking forward to the next installment!

  3. If we were supposed to write to the market, few of us would be writing.

  4. I enjoyed the interview! It's fascinating to learn about others' creative processes. I write what I need to write, not dictated by the market. Thank you for interviewing Kyra, Krista.

    1. It's definitely better to write something that you feel connected to, instead of trying to write for the market!

  5. Great interview! It seems like a series would help you really get to know your characters like family, since they appear in multiple books, so you're with them for a while.

    1. Yes, they do feel like family! I will be sad when it's all over. :(

  6. Writing for the current market is pretty rubbish advice :-/