Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Interview with Kira Brady and Giveaway - August 7, 2012

Please welcome Kira Brady to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Trilogy 1) is published today. A very Happy Publication Day to Kira! You may read Kira's Guest Blog, which includes Chapter 4 of Hearts of Darkness, here.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kira:  I write best under a little pressure, so I use Write or Die to race myself. The program allows me to input either a time or a word goal, and I write until I reach that goal (usually 1k words). If I stop typing, the screen flashes red. If I don't start typing again, the program plays a siren. If I still don't type, it starts deleting my words. It's quite a good motivator to get the words on the page fast, and it helps me quiet my internal editor. First drafts are fast and sloppy, but they usually contain some diamonds in the rough.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Kira:  There are so many! In romance and urban fantasy: Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews, Joanna Bourne, Lisa Kleypas, Patricia Briggs, and Larissa Ione. The authors who had the biggest impact on my developing writing style and imagination were the ones I read multiple times as a kid: Peter Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Garth Nix, Philip Pullman, Patricia C Wrede, Richard Adams (Watership Down), and Scott O Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). I read a lot of historical romance. They're like Disney movies for grown ups.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kira:  I started off as a pantser, but now I'm a plotter. For Hearts of Darkness I had a very clear beginning and ending, but a foggy grasp of how to get from point A to point B. I started it during National Novel Writing Month and ended up trashing half the scenes I wrote. Plotting is a lot more efficient. The scenes I write end up in the story, and I have fewer sessions where I stare at a blank page and wonder what happens next.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kira:  Trying to fit it in around teaching my toddler the score to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, assisting the Laundry Fairy in her valiant crusade against dirty clothes, and Prince Charming's busy schedule as he travels from kingdom to kingdom vanquishing giants. Basically, making time for it. I get tons of ideas and write brilliant scenes when I'm away from my computer, but in the few precious moments I have to sit down to write, those ideas vanish like the fine morning mist.

TQ:  Describe Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Trilogy 1) in 140 characters or less.

Two shape shifter races fight over the Gate to the Land of the Dead in a gritty, alternate Seattle. Werewolf & Nurse risk all for love.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Hearts of Darkness?

Kira:  The Seattle Ghost Tour and a quote attributed to Chief Seattle, in which he said, “These shores will swarm with the invisible Dead of my Tribe. The White Man will never be alone. Let him be kind and just to my People, for the Dead are not powerless. Dead, did I say? There is no death, only a Change of Worlds.” The Ghost Tour covered Pike Place Market and focused on the scandals of our city's founders and the spirits that still stalk the dark streets. The historic landmark Butterworth Mortuary building particularly sparked my imagination, and it's the setting of a number of scenes from the book.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Hearts of Darkness?

Kira:  I researched the historic understanding of Aether, electromagnetic pulses, and how a car would start without electricity. Everything else I made up.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Kira:  Hart, the hero, was easiest. He bounded fully formed from my imagination like Athena's birth from Zeus's brain. He was really fun to write, but I don't know why he would be easy. Kayla was a lot harder. A romance heroine has to be relatable-- someone the reader wants to be best friends with. But she also has to be flawed so that she can complete her transformation from a caterpillar into a butterfly. Taking a character who has no notion of the supernatural and no survival skills and plopping her down in the middle of a supernatural war, well, she's not going to have an easy time of it. Kayla had to stumble around in the dark for a bit before she found her footing, and it was a challenge to make her likable during that steep learning curve.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Hearts of Darkness?

Kira:  I love the scene in Butterworth's with Hart and Sven Norgard. It was the first one I wrote, and it's still the most vivid to me. I also like the scene with Norgard and his brother Leif in Leif's laboratory. It's a bit mad science.

TQ:  What's next?

Kira:  Deadglass book 2, Hearts of Shadow, is due out May 2013, and book 3, Hearts of Chaos, is February 2014. I'm looking forward to Leif and Grace's story in book 2 and Emory and Lucia's story in book 3. After that, it'll be a surprise for both of us. ;)

Deadglass Trilogy

Hearts of Darkness
Deadglass Trilogy 1
Kensington Zebra, August 7, 2012
Mass Market Papberback and eBook, 352 pages

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Hearts of Fire
Deadglass 0.5
Kensington Zebra, June 26, 2012
eBook (Novella)

In the prequel to a stunning new paranormal series, one woman's desire for a forbidden man will spark a centuries-long supernatural conflict--and a love nothing can destroy.

She's the heiress to Seattle's most powerful shifter clan. Her destiny is as controlled and certain as moonrise. However, from the moment Alice Corbette encounters the man known as Brand, she will defy all constraint and break every rule to make this dragon-shifter hers. Brand is determined to repay the clan leader he owes his life to. But one taste of Alice's exquisite spirit will make him question his loyalty--and plunge them both into the middle of a ruthless power play. Their only chance at freedom is a gamble that could risk the future of humans and shifters alike. . .

Hearts of Shadow (Deadglass 2) will be published in May 2013 and Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass 3) will be published in February 2014.

About Kira

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine-in-training. Her website is http://kirabrady.com

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you ever been or felt you have been someplace haunted?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday August 14, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I'm not really one to get spooked by places, but last February, we were in the Vaults underneath Edinburgh and my god... If there would be only one place on earth that's hauted, it would be there for sure. Those passages gave me the creeps...

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  2. my aunt hadnt long died, i was ironing when i felt her by my shoulders she was trying to tell me something i know she was, because not long after we heard all about how she died. when i told my mother about it she was really freaked out. nice interview thanks for the giveaway. julie.beasley@btinternet.com

  3. I just went to this haunted castle in Ireland but it really only just had some good stories behind it. I don't believe in places being haunted
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  4. I haven't ever been anywhere that's felt haunted, although I've been to the Ohio Reformatory (where they filmed the Shawshank Redemption) and it was very, very creepy.

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  5. No, I haven't ever felt like I've been anywhere haunted.

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  6. We visited concentration camps once during a "learning" vacation, not sure if it was haunted...but... creepy edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  7. I really enjoyed your interview. After my husband died, in 1998, my son, grandson and I often smelled him and heard him laughing or telling us something. To this day, we still know he is with us in spirit. My grandson was 4 yrs. old when he died and now at 17 yrs. old, he still hears Papa, just like we all do.

  8. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! I really, really want to read this book :)

    I've never experienced anything "haunted". I don't really believe in ghosts in real life but I do love to read about them.

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  9. I was born and raised ourside of Philly. I have been to quite a few places that were said to have been haunted. I do not, however, have any first hand experiemces with ghosts.

  10. Great interview, Kira! Nice to hear from a fellow Seattlite. Congrats on your new release!

    My mom grew up in a house with a ghost that wore a top-hat and cape. She tells me she'd see it once in while as a shadow on the wall, but that it never did anything other than pass by or stare at her for a minute before leaving. Gives me the creeps thinking about it, so much so that I couldn't resist putting a ghost with a top hat and cape in one of my current wip's. I might write about ghosts, but I'm so glad I have no personal experience with them!

  11. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today. I absolutely loved Hearts of Fire and am really looking forward to Hearts of Darkness and continuing the journey. I really enjoy Kira's writing style and am really glad the series will be continuing over the next couple of years.
    I once spent the night with a friend of mine, when I was in junior high school, and while we are in the kitchen as the sun went down the curtains behind us closed on their own. When I was startled, they told me not to worry it was just the ghost of the person who lived there prior to them who had passed on. Now was this a real haunting? All I know is I saw the curtains move ;)
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  12. No I havent been to someplace hauted. I wouldn't mind visiting a place. I am a follower and email subcriber. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  13. My grandmother's old house was in a really old part of the town - this was years ago when I was a young kid & before she moved in with us. That house was creepy! It was really dark & had very few windows & all the floor boards creaked. You'd never have caught me upstairs alone.

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  14. I've occasionally felt the presence of a deceased relative, but I've never felt like the place I was in was haunted. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I have been to places I feel are haunted. Just a feeling you get
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  16. I remembered when I was like five or six , that I was in my cousin's house that had no A/C. I woke up and wanted to eat breakfast.Since I was upstairs I had to go down, I remember feeling something cold passing through me through the hallway and since I was small and couldn't reach the handle I would sit down and push my self down by each step one, by one by sitting. As I sat I felt that someone pushed me behind and I went down siting and hitting my butt. I got up and thought it was one of my cousin, but then realized that they were all downstairs and I was the only one upstairs on my own. I knew then that it was something supernatural because it was odd that someone pushed me and I was alone upstairs.
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  17. Sometimes I feel it, sometimes I try to deny when I go to a place and thinks its haunted. Also I think my home is haunted, since its near the forest and well, in the past its kinda... grave *shudder*

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  18. I don't think I've been to a haunted place.

    I follow the blog.


  19. I have felt and thought I was someplace haunted before. And had strange things happen in those and other places.

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  20. I have never had that feeling of a place being haunted.

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  21. Hi

    I have never had that feeling, maybe that is why I enjoy reading about it. I have read the novella and love the sound of this series.


    Thanks for the chance

  22. I've been in some spooky places, but never had the feeling that they were actually haunted. I used to live right by a cemetery and there was a burned out building with a mausoleum underneath it. We used to try to scare each other with spooky stories, but never saw anything to make us believe there was really anything there. I kind of wish there had been. :D

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  23. Thanks for joining me! I used to live in Philly and once went to Eastern State Penitentiary during Halloween. It was frightening--but partly because people were jumping out at me from behind curtains. ;) I got a creepy feeling on the Pike Place Market Ghost Tour, but it might have been only the power of suggestion.

  24. Great interview I love the description on your bookI am a total paranormal girl its my favorite genre and your book is a must read for me .I cant waitto get my hands on a copy.Thank you for sharing with us today and for giving us all the chance to win .Have a fantastic week
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  25. I always wanted something to create my interest in new writers and new books but I never knew how but after reading this blog I realized that interacting with author is the best way to stimulate interest in new authors and books. Kira Brady, I will definitely read your books as this blog helped me to know more about you.