Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kyra Lennon - Blindsided - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
Ha, well this was quite a struggle! Because the books centre around a soccer team, I realised the titles in the series should have some kind of link to soccer. With the first book, Game On, the title is a bit of a play on words that fits the overall theme of the story, and I wanted to try to carry on that theme for the rest of the books. Blindsided came about because “Blindside” is a soccer term, and Blindsided embodies the feelings of the characters when certain events happen through the story.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are definitely messages about the power of peer pressure, standing up for what you believe in and most of all, learning to have confidence in who you are as a person. I think these issues are faced by all teens at some point, and while the story as a whole is a love story, all of these other factors have a huge part to play.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I hope, all of it! It’s set in the real world, in London so there aren’t any paranormal aspects or anything like that. 

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
As a writer, there are always things that could be changed, or made a little stronger. But with the plot, I’m satisfied that I did what I wanted to do. 

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I am not very good at writing endings! I always know what the end will be, and how I want it to play out, but the closer I get to the end of the story, the slower I go. I think I have some kind of issue with letting go of my characters lol! But other than that, Blindsided is one of the most straightforward books I’ve ever written.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that writing from a boy POV is really, really hard! Especially a teenage boy! It’s been a while since I was a teenager, and things have changed quite a bit since then! However, the other side of that is, I learned I CAN do it. It was a huge fear of mine to write from a male perspective, just in case I got it all wrong. So I guess what I learned is that it’s worth giving things a try, because you never know how good they might end up!

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Nothing specific. I assume it started because my mum read to me before bed every night and made me love reading. I learned to read very young, and writing seemed to be a natural progression. I used to write stories in brightly coloured felt tip pens! Unfortunately, I never kept any of it. It’s a shame, I’d love to be able to look back over it. 

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have two favourites. Firstly, J.K Rowling, just because she created something so amazing in Harry Potter. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.), Professor McGonagall says, “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name.” It blows my mind that J.K Rowling made such an impact with those books, that the quote from McGonagall actually came true. Every child in OUR world knows his name. Secondly, Cecelia Ahern, who wrote P.S. I Love You. Her books come from an exceptional imagination. Once you’ve read one of her books, you’ll never forget it.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Well, at this point in the year, I’m just about ready to take a break from working so hard! However, I am going to be revealing a short Game On Christmas story, which is sort of a tie-up for the end of the year, but with some hints about what will happen next in the series. 

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me so far on my writing journey. I didn’t know what to expect when I started, but I certainly didn’t think I would be so well embraced by my readers. Whether you bought my books, commented on my blog, tweeted or Facebooked, emailed me or even left a quick rating on Goodreads, I appreciate everything you’ve done to encourage me to keep on writing!

About the Book

After a successful first soccer season in L.A, Jesse Shaw heads to London with his best buddy, Hunter, but his world is turned upside down when a dangerous prank threatens his career and his blossoming relationship with Hunter’s cousin, Isabelle.

Isabelle Mills lives in Notting Hill with her parents and her twin sister, Georgia. When she finds out her cousin is coming to stay, along with his famous soccer player friend, her first instinct is to hibernate until they’ve gone. However, once she meets Jesse, everything changes. He’s everything she ever wanted, but with so many obstacles in their path, can she really risk putting her heart on the line?

Prices/Formats: $6.99 paperback, $1.99 ebook
Pages: 168
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Buy Link: Amazon US, Kindle USAmazon UKKindle UK

About the Author

Kyra Lennon was born on the South coast of England, and to this day, still lives by the sea. Fiction writing has been her passion since she drafted one of her earliest works - a story about a land taken over by Jelly Babies. Kyra also has numerous articles on a variety of topics published on prolific websites, including Yahoo omg! and Yahoo TV. When she's not writing, you'll usually find her indulging in her favourite hobbies; reading, jewellery making or drinking way too much coffee.

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  1. Thank you SO MUCH for hosting me and offering a giveaway! You are wonderful!

    1. Kyra, I'm so excited that December 6th is finally here! I'm delighted to host you today.

      Everyone, buy this book! You will not be disappointed. Kyra is a fantastic writer. I loved every minute spent reading this novel.

  2. Great interview and nice to find out more about you. I struggle with endings too - usually it's from having a good idea of how I want it to end but not knowing how to get there!

    1. Nick, you're right - endings are tough. There are numerous paths you can take, but ultimately you have to choose just one, right?

  3. I have a hard time at the end too. Only I do the opposite...I go too fast!

    1. Once you see the finish line in sight, you have to go for it!

    2. Elizabeth, I wish I did that lol!

  4. A very good interview. I used to have a hard time getting to endings as well. A lot of my past writing attempts stopped in the middle. Bought Blindsided and so happy to see the tour going well.

    1. Blindsided is a great read, isn't it, Sheena-kay?

    2. Sheena, I have many novels that stop in the middle - it's frustrating! Thanks for buying Blindsided!

  5. Oh Kyra, endings are so hard! You make them look so easy, lol. I can pump out a book in like a week, but the ending will take me a month, haha!

    Blindsided is one of the best books ever! Congrats again on all its success! :)

    1. Cassie, always glad to see you. Thanks for stopping by to support Kyra!