Thursday, August 09, 2012

Interview with Kira Brady

Kira Brady, author of The Deadglass Trilogy is joining us today to answers question about her recently released debut novel, Heart of Darkness! Heart of Darkness is available now wherever books are sold!

Hi Kira, so happy that you can join us today! Can you give us the “elevator pitch” for Heart of Darkness?

Thanks for having me! Elevator pitch: In a gritty, alternate Seattle, two shape shifter races fight to control the Gate to the Land of the Dead. A human woman must join forces with a mercenary werewolf to stop the Gates from falling and unleashing an apocalypse.

Where did you get the inspiration/idea for Heart of Darkness?

I took a ghost tour of Pike Place Market and was inspired by the ghost stories and dishonest political dealings of our city's founders. Growing up in Seattle, I've always been surrounded by Pacific Coast Native American and Scandinavian mythology. Deadglass Seattle is a dark reflection of the real city, where the myths, legends, and ghost stories are real.

I’ve read some reviews for HoD, and they were comparing your series to Karen M. Moning’s Fever Series. What are your thoughts on that?

I'm honored by the comparison, because I think Moning writes awesome books. However, I don't really think the series is like the Fever series. There are superficial similarities--the heroine's investigation into the mysterious death of her sister, the hero who is part of the secret world and acts as mentor, the breaking down of the separations between supernatural and natural worlds, and the gritty city setting. I guess I'm afraid of people being disappointed if they read it expecting it to be like Fever.

What did you do to celebrate when you found out your trilogy was acquired by Kensington Zebra? 

I took my family and parents out to dinner, and then I started writing book 2. I also had afternoon tea with my critique partner and mom-in-law. I've been surprised at how long the wait is between finishing the book, selling it, and it finally appearing on bookshelves. It's really spread out the celebrating--more tea for me!

What are you currently reading right now or what are some books in your TBR pile?

I loaded about twenty books on my kindle for vacation and then it broke. *sob* When I get it fixed (and I finish writing book 3!), I will be reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook, Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber, and Darkest Day by Britt Bury.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write, write, and write some more. Finish the projects you start, even through the dreaded middle, and allow yourself the freedom to write a sucky first draft. The second and third drafts are for prettying it up. Take all writing advice with a grain of salt. The best thing you can do for yourself is practice your craft as much as possible.

Finish this statement: You’ll enjoy Hearts of Darkness if you like…

Marjorie Liu? Jeanine Frost? Kensington says Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione, Nalini Singh, Keri Arthur, Rachel Vincent, Jacquelyn Frank, and J.R. Ward.

**Quick lightning round questions**

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter

Team Peeta or Team Gale (The Hunger games)? Gale

Vampires or Werewolf? WEREWOLF!!!

Coffee or Tea? Tea

E-book or Physical copy? Paper...because it won't break on you :(

**Word association **
Werewolves- alpha
Apocalypse-  now
Black- pepper
Hot- peppers
TV- books

Author's Bio: 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

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  1. Great interview! I'm looking forward to reading Hearts of Darkness, it sounds fantastic.