Camp Nano Spotlight: H for Kyra Halland

April 9, 2013

Good afternoon, friends and followers. Neither rain, snow, sleet, or gloom of night will stop the A to Z challenge or my spotlight interviews featuring Camp Nanowrimo authors. Today it’s Kyra’s turn.

How did you find out about Camp Nanowrimo?
I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for several years, so I noticed on the site a few years ago when they started talking about doing an off-season event.

Have you participated in Camp Nano before? If so, would you call it a success?
I participated in 2011, as a revision rebel, and also worked on completing a novel I’d already started. Although I wasn’t doing it strictly by the book, it was fun to have the community and extra motivation to keep me going through those projects. So yes, I’d call it a success.

Do you know what you’re going to write this year?
I am going to write Book 3 of my fantasy-western-romance series, Daughter of the Wildings.

What’s your favorite part of your Camp project?
I’m enjoying the juxtaposition of fantasy and western elements – wizards and gunslingers. I also love my main characters, Silas and Lainie, and their developing relationship through trials and tribulations. Silas, the wizard bounty hunter, is especially fun to write.

Sneaky Ninja question! Are you more comfortable in a large group or talking with just one other person?
urdaisunia-kelworth-thumbOne other person, definitely. I’m very much an introvert.

My novels can be described as dark-edged, darkly emotional romantic fantasy for grownups, featuring complicated heroes, strong, smart, and sweet heroines, settings that aren’t the typical fantasy worlds, magic, romance, excursions into the dark corners of life and human nature, and a dash of offbeat humor. My first released novel, Urdaisunia, is now available through various online bookstores, and you can learn more about it and my upcoming books at my site, www.kyrahalland.com.


Campaigner Spotlight: Donna Martin

February 22, 2012

Hi, everybody! I’m pleased to finally launch my Campaigner Spotlight series for the Fourth Platform-builders Campaign by bringing you a spotlight interview with Donna Martin, from On the Write Track.

Campaigner Spotlight is brought to you by the Stringing Words writer’s forum!

Are you more comfortable in a large group or talking with just one other person?
It really depends on the situation.  I am currently a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and have been teaching for about 9 years so I am extremely comfortable in large groups when I am instructing or doing a demonstration.  Off the mats, however, I am an extreme introvert and would rather talk one on one.  I am fascinated with people in general and I would have a better way of getting to know someone new through a one on one conversation.
What would you do all night if you couldn’t get to sleep?
Again, it would depend on the situation.  If I am by myself, I would read or watch some of my favorite movies or get on the internet.  I have many WIPs that need my attention and there are always all these lovely blogs to follow.  But if I am with someone else, then I would spend hours just talking, discussing all kind of topics and taking the time to connect with that other person.
Do you tend to remember any of your dreams?
Funny you should ask about dreams.  I always remember my dreams as they are extremely vivid; full of color and action.  Early last year I started a strange pattern of dreaming where I actually visualized a different children’s picture book every night for three weeks straight.  Every morning I would wake up and rush to write everything down.  Up until that point I had given up on my writing and I hadn’t actually written anything in over 20 years.  Now, I can’t seem to get the dreams to stop… lol
What advice would you give to all your fellow campaigners?
Listen to your heart.  Don’t let other people’s negativity bring you down or make you doubt yourself as a writer.  If you wake up each morning with thoughts of stories in your head, then you are a writer.  If all you can think of during the day is your next revision, then you are a writer.  And if you lay down your head at night and plan out the plot of your next novel before you fall asleep, you are a writer.  No where does it say you have to be “published” to be able to call yourself a writer so be proud of who you are because I am!
My blog, On The Write Track, is my way to encourage and inspire my fellow writers, both new and experienced, on their path to publication.  I write children’s picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, poetry, essays and just about anything else that interests me.  I love it when I get new visitors to my blog who leave me a comment on one of my daily posts as I reply to all posts.  And I will be having another contest sometime soon so keep checking in with me!
Thanks for answering my questions, Donna, and I hope you have a really great Campaign experience! I’m still looking for more Campaigners to spotlight, so if you’re interested in doing an interview on the Kelworth Files, let me know in the comments or email me at chrisken zero at gmail dot com

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