Thursday, 9 June 2016

Claddagh Author Interview With Kyra Lennon

Welcome Kyra Lennon and thank you for taking time out to do our questionnaire. 

🍀Book Questions🍀

Tell us your latest news?

Right now I am busy working away on the final book in my Game On series which is to be released in late July! I'm looking forward to the release but will be sad to say goodbye to these characters! I'm also working with some amazing authors (and some who are attending Claddagh!) on a romance anthology in aid of the Innocence Project!

What book are you reading now?

Let Love In by Melissa Collins 

Your books are so emotional. How long does it take for you to be able to get the characters out of your mind and move on to the next?

Good question! It does take me a long time to settle after writing an emotional scene/book because like a lot of authors, I really live inside my characters' heads so I have to feel what they feel. If I'm having a good day, I can kind of push the characters out of my mind in a day or two, but if I'm feeling a little blue myself, it takes a good week or so to move on.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?

Yes and no. They rarely have a significant meaning in the sense that I don't look up name meanings to see if they fit but I do go through a LOT of names when I'm writing a new character because I like to find something that really feels right. 

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Alcohol! LOL, just kidding! I think all writers need to make sure they really take care of themselves in whatever way works for them. For me it's often a hot bubble bath to unwind, or a walk by the sea to clear my head from whatever I've been writing about. So, really, its just about remembering to step away sometimes and doing something just for you.

What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

Haha, oh the list is long! One of the most common things I hear is, "You should get a real job." I have a real job - and writing is part of that! 

How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?

There is always a very physical reaction when I see a bad review. My heart sinks and then beats really fast - I think it's an adrenaline thing lol. In my mind, I read and absorb, I think about what has been said and I try to find something constructive I can take away so I can work on that next time. Some bad reviews aren't constructive at all, and those are the ones I try not to take to heart. Ultimately, everyone is entitled to an opinion and I have learned to accept that. 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The first draft. I am certain I'm not normal in this area because most people love the first draft. For me, it's like being tortured. As soon as that first draft is down, I'm good to go!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I feel like I learn a lot about myself when I'm writing. Most writers will inject a little of themselves into their writing, and I find that I unintentionally dig up little snippets of information about myself that I'd either forgotten about, or hadn't even realised. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Again, not intentionally. But there is often a strong emphasis on friendships in my books, and I think it's super important to make strong bonds with people throughout life.

Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?

LOL, yes, often!

Describe in 5 words, your writing:
Emotional, fun, relaxed, sometimes intense. 

What do you use to write your book?

My laptop in the winter, and pen and paper in the summer so I can sit outside!

Do you listen to music while you write or read?

Yes. I have a writing playlist which I always listen to when writing. 

If you could write with any other author(s) who would it be and why?

Ker Dukey and D.H Sidebottom! They are so delightfully twisted - I'd love to work with them to find out how their minds work! 


When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fashion designer or an author. 

Did/Do you have a nickname?
Not really - I'm quite boring in that area!

What are your pet peeves?
Rudeness. I just don't understand people who are impolite and can't treat others with decency.

What is your favourite coffee shop drink?
I am a tea drinker only!

What's your favourite tv show?
Friends (yeah, I know it's over but it's still brilliant!)

What is your favourite kind of cookie?
Raspberry and white chocolate

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
I would not cope well on a deserted island without wi-fi! So I guess I'd want a flare, a boat and a life jacket! :p

Where would you go if you had a time machine?
Oh, I would love to have lived through the sixties! The music, the clothes... I would love to visit that time!

Which is your favorite quote?
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - Albus Dumbledore ;) 

If you were an ice cream what flavor would you be?
Something like mint choc chip - sweet but with a bit of zing! :p 

What song best describes you?
Dancing Queen!


Pepsi or Coke
Michael Fassbender or  Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Cows or Sheep
. Castle or Town house
City or Country
Lover or Fighter
Pop or Rock Music
Oof... rock!
80’s or 90’s
Singing or dancing

🍀About The Author & Links🍀
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 Kyra Lennon was born on the South coast of England, and to this day, still lives by the sea. Fiction writing has always been her passion, but she also has numerous articles on a variety of topics published on prolific websites.

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