I have been a fan of Ms. Kyra Jacobs since I read her novel Dragons Among Them, which was the first in her latest fantasy series. Being multi-talented she is not limited to just one genre though. She writes contemporary, romantic suspense and romantic fantasy with her newest novel being Dragons Against Them, the second installment in the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice series. I am very excited about this opportunity to share a Q&A session with you.
A Conversation with Kyra Jacobs
Q. Tell us a little about yourself?
Hello everyone! My family and I live in northeastern Indiana, where work, family life, and kids’ sports consume most of my days. But when I’m able to carve out a bit of “me” time it’s most often to write. Lately, I’ve been spending a good deal of that time with my dragons. Mmmm….
Q. What started you on the path to writing for a living, have you always dreamed of being a writer?
No. Lol. I’d grown up wanting to be a lot of things (including an actress…still hoping to be a cameo in one of my books-turned-movies), but being an author never really entered the picture until a few years back. I broke a finger, got sidelined from my usual summer activities, and needed to find a substitute creative outlet. Playing in my flowerbeds with one hand in a cast just wasn’t working so well. So I sat down at my laptop and started toying with an idea. A few months later, the first draft of Armed With Steele was born.
Q. What is the best part to being an author?
Hearing from my readers. I love getting messages on Facebook or Twitter from readers who are in the midst of a scene and can’t help but reach out and tell me about it, or who just bought/started/finished a book of mine. Those moments help energize me to keep writing.
Q. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Schedule? Ha, that’s a good one. 😉 About the time I think I’ve settled into a good writing schedule, life comes along and smacks me about the face. Since I work full time in addition to writing, I’ve learned to carve out time whenever opportunity strikes. Voice recordings at red lights in the car. Scribbling notes over my lunch hour. Staying up late after the kids have gone to bed. You just have to stay at it and be persistent even when you can’t be consistent—books don’t write themselves. 😉
Q. I have to say that I loved your book Dragons Among Them, which is the first installment of the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice Series, what was the inspiration for your book/series?
Thank you! Truly, I fell in love with the story as well. My inspiration will sound completely cliché, but it all started with a dream I had. Modern girl finds herself in a strange woods, cornered by wolves, and suddenly there’s this magnificent golden dragon swooping in to save the day…
Q. Let’s talk about something that I have personally been eagerly awaiting!! Your newest release, Dragons Against Them, the second book in the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice Series. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Living up to my own expectations. I wanted a strong second book to help propel the story line, keep readers happy (heck, keep ME happy), and properly set the tone for book 3. Which, by the way, is going to be epic…
(Seriously, you know I cannot wait, right Kyra????)
Q. What are you working on now?
I’m actually wrapping up edits on the second in my contemporary Checkerberry Inn series with Entangled BLISS right now, then diving back into THE DRAGON WITHIN, which is book three of this series. It’s plotted and started, and the cover is done and waiting patiently to be revealed. Once again, it’s amazing.
Q. You know I am in love with your book covers, please tell us a bit about the designer?
Thank you! I am too—they’re absolutely gorgeous, aren’t they? Kelly Martin is the cover artist my book was assigned to at Samhain, and I was thrilled to hear she also does freelance work. Kelly’s been awesome to work with, and has some amazing covers in her portfolio. Check out some of her creations here: http://www.kam.design/
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If there’s a story in your heart begging to come out, write it. It won’t be easy, it won’t be quick. It won’t all be bubble gum and roses. You may not get a lot of understanding and support from your friends and family. You will lose sleep, be forced to choose between writing and social events. You will battle with self doubt (even the best selling writers still do), face criticism, struggle with deadlines. But trust me when I say, it’s all worth it the moment that first book appears on Amazon with your name on it.
And then you’re off and writing the next one. And the next one, and the next one…
Thank you so much for allowing me to share with you and your readers, Minx!!!
You are most welcome indeed Kyra! Thank you for your time!