Thank you so much to author, Kirby Lord, for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We appreciate it, and we know that your readers will as well!
What inspired you to write this book?
Answer: I had a story in my head from the time I used to escape into myself.
Can you tell me about the book?
Answer: of course! It's a tale about existentialism, the human heart at it's darkest and the connections linking us.
What is your writing process like?
Answer: I go scene by sscene.
Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who?
Answer: Not really, although there is a bit of people I know and some of myself.
What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Answer: It depends on the scene.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Answer: Trying to be perfect. Being hard on themselves. Always listening to the critics.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Answer: Stand alone.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Answer: Google is a good friend.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
Answer: Still part-time.
How many hours a day do you write?
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
What did you edit out of this book?
Answer: The original ending.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Answer: They kind of came about naturally.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Answer: Title Insurance.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Answer: Any that touch too close to home.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Answer: 2 years.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
Answer: Cell phone and a beer.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Answer: I can't really say. I got out of dedetention by writing a story about a demon cat in 2nd grade.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
Answer: Not, just finding the time was difficult.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
Answer: No, I like to finish the scene.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Answer: I have a basic outline, but I'm more like a journalist reporting what I see
Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors?
Answer: All. The. Time. Robert Mccammon, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman
What is the most important thing about a book, in your opinion?
Answer: Relatable Characters.
Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
Answer: Wrinkle In Time. Isn't that everyone's haha
How much of yourself do you put into your books?
Answer: A lot.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
Answer: The Dreamers.
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?
Answer: I agree, although I don't know what mine is.
Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?
Answer: Of course not.
Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?
Answer: Not into traditional publishing.
What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
Answer: I've had people ask, and I would totally do it.
Is writing book series more challenging?
Answer: I think it would be, but maybe it would be easier.
Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?
Answer: Yes, so I always try to jot it down somewhere, then I lose that.
Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?
Can you tell us about your current projects?
Answer: It is shaping up nicely. A much more grounded piece than my published work.
Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?
Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?
Answer: No they weren't.
Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?
Answer: I always want their opinions.
Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?
Answer: Many times.
How can readers find out more info about you and your books?
Answer: Myrrendryl page on Facebook.
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