About the Book:
All Riesa Adair wants is a normal life. With the end of high school only months away and an outstanding GPA to bolster her college plans, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask. Unfortunately, the voices screaming in her head keep getting in the way. Somewhere between her summer in a mental institution, and her stepfather’s attempt at an exorcism, she’s learned to keep quiet about her situation. But, pretending to be normal hasn’t prevented the spirit world from taking notice of her. Both sides of an ever-present war have focused in on her. Now she’ll need all the help she can get to escape a powerful spirit threatening to fulfill a prophecy that engenders the entire human world.
Today I am pleased to present Krystalyn Drown and her novel, Spirit World. I had a few questions to ask her about her journey to publication.
Were there ever any times you were scared while writing the book?
Scared? No. There were a million other emotions though. Frustration that I would never get my book seen. Joy in the kinship I found with my characters. Amusement at the secret little jokes that I put in just for me (some of which were eventually cut.)
What (if any) mythologies inspired the world in Spirit World?
There weren’t any classic mythologies that went into Spirit World. It was inspired more by modern day sci-fi movies and shows, Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer among them.
If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?
Hm, I am not a person who listens to music while I’m writing. I need absolute quiet. If I had to pick one, I’d say “Carry On” by Fun.
If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?
Well first off, Riesa is 17, so she most likely wouldn’t be in a bar. But if she managed to sneak in, it would probably be to drown out the voices in her head. She would hide out at a corner table, doing her best not to attract attention to herself. There, she would drink until the walls began to swirl. Then her best friend would show up to take her home.
If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?
Probably somewhere peaceful and drama free, like at Mistlethwaite Manor in The Secret Garden.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a panster. One of my critique partners and I write in very similar ways. We send each other chapter by chapter what we’re writing. That way, if we see a strange path or something that isn’t working, we can point it out to each other. That said, I usually have to start over about halfway through my first draft, because I’ve gotten to know my characters better and know better what needs to be in the beginning.
How has writing changed your life?
I’ve gotten to meet lots of wonderful authors online and in person. It’s a great community. People are very welcoming and helpful. My life hasn’t changed in too many other ways, since writing is something I’ve always done.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to write a terrible first draft. They are all terrible. Just get it down, so you can revise and make it better. Find at least two critique partners. They are invaluable. There are plenty of websites that frequently host critique partner connections, kidlit.com among them.
Spirit World is a refreshing read with interesting characters and a unique take on paranormal romance. Reisa is a high-school senior dealing with her fair share of problems: stress, family issues; Oh, and hearing voices in her head. Then she meets Garrett and is thrust into a world where carries the reponsibility of using the gift she once thought as a curse to keep the world safe.
Krystalyn Drown has weaved a nice tale with great writing. The characters are real and interesting, and Reisa’s background has some interesting twists. It’s a quick, enjoyable read, and is unique from other paranormal romance works that seem to bleed into each other.
About the Author:
Krystalyn spent the past thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there.
Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author.
Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.
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Look for Spirit World, due April 8th, from Entranced Publishing