New interview with YA fantasy novelist Kris Noel

I’m
happy to have YA fantasy author Kris Noel back on the blog. The second novel in
her Lionhead series is out. It’s called Requiem
and she’s here to dish on it.
Kris
was here in January talking about the first novel in the series, Lionhead.
Bio:
Kris Noel loves writing YA, but she
also loves running her writing advice blog over at krisnoel.com.
With over 30,000 followers, she has penned hundreds of articles for writers of
all ages.
Despite working full-time as a
copywriter, Kris finds time to work on her novels and has released one project
a year since 2012. She plans on doing her best to continue this trend and wants
to keep working on growing her blog. 
Welcome back to
Reviews and Interviews, Kris.
Thank
you!
Catch us up… please
tell us about your newest release.
Requiem is the sequel to Lionhead, which was release back in 2012
through Neverland Publishing, and I’m very excited that it’s almost ready to
go! Here’s a little bit about Requiem:
After a dangerous enemy descended on Lionhead
weeks before, Riley Bale is left with an unshakeable feeling of impending doom.
With Christian still on the loose and no clues pointing to his whereabouts,
Riley and her friends must stay vigilant. In addition to fearing another
attack, Riley also has to figure out which one of her best friends will join
Christian’s cause—and both Ash and Oliver are beginning to reveal their dark
sides.

A carefree trip to another shifter city,
Requiem, might be just what they need to take their minds off of what’s coming
for them, but it doesn’t go exactly as planned. Riley finds herself caught up
in something bigger than she could have possibly imagined and this time she’ll
have to face her enemies alone.

What inspired you to
write this book?
I
actually wrote it a couple years ago, so I always had sequel planned for Lionhead. I wanted to continue Riley’s
story and really take the whole thing in a new direction.
What’s the next
writing project?
I’ve
been working on a couple new stories, but I will focus on editing the third
book in the Lionhead series. Hopefully I can get that ready for some time next
year!
What is your biggest
challenge when writing a new book?
It’s
getting started and then staying motivated. Writing the beginning of a novel is
very difficult for me and then getting myself to stick with it. Once I get into
a groove, I’m usually okay. But seriously, motivating myself is always a
struggle.
If your novels
require research – please talk about the process. Do you do the research first
and then write, while you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need
to fill in the gaps?
I
usually take a lot of time to research first, so I’m not struggling with those
parts of my novel. I think research allows you to discover new ideas that you
wouldn’t be able to incorporate into your novel unless you did the research
first. It sometimes takes your novel in a new and unexpected direction.
What’s your writing
space like? Do you have a particular spot to write where the muse is more
active? Please tell us about it.
Most
of the time, you’ll find me writing in bed before I go to sleep! It’s probably
not the best place to focus on writing, but it works for me. I usually switch
on some bad television shows and write what I can before I get too tired. My
writing spot changes from time to time, so there’s not one particular place
where I always write.
What authors do you
enjoy reading within or outside of your genre?
I
don’t follow one specific author, but I do really like Stephen King. I tend to
stay in YA and sci-fi unless something else catches my attention. I do love
Libba Bray!
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers today?
I
also run a writing advice blog over at krisnoel.com and you can find me over at
Goodreads!
Thank you for coming
back to Reviews and Interviews!

Thanks
so much for having me!


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