special guest is author Kayla
Krantz and we’re chatting about her new adult psychological horror/thriller
novel Dead by Morning.
During her virtual book tour, Kayla will be
awarding one of
the following to a lucky randomly drawn winner: a paperback copy of Dead by Morning OR a ebook copy of Dead by
Morning and a second RRPI ebook. To be entered to win one of the prizes, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
22-year-old Kayla Krantz was raised in Michigan but moved to
Texas and has experienced the best and worst of both. Since a young age she has
be spinning tales. Kayla has interests in the dark and macabre. She enjoys
’80’s music and movies. When she has the chance, she loves to read books by
Stephen King who inspired her to write. She was always interested in horror as
they held a certain realism that fairytales lacked. While writing, she found
herself drifting more toward Thriller which surprised her. Kayla describes the
day she discovered that she would become a published author like so: “It’s hard
to describe. I spent so many years climbing toward my goal, and when it finally
happened, it was like all the burdens of stress and agony and uncertainty were
just gone. I felt light, like I could run for the rest of my life off of the
energy it gave me.”
Welcome, Kayla. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
Dead by Morning is a story of dark
obsession. It works around the thoughts of the villain in the story to show
just the effect that stalking and obsession can have on the victim.
What inspired you to write this book?
A number of factors inspired me to write Dead
by Morning. As ironic as this sounds, the idea came to me in a dream. The villain
of my book, Chance, is actually based on a character I see in a reoccurring
dream of mine. Besides that, the rest of the idea came from a mixture of my
favorite movie, Heathers, and lots of
Excerpt from Dead by Morning:
Chance had been
surprised at Luna’s stunt; that was the best word he could use to describe it—stunt. Beside him, David appeared just
as surprised. She could’ve killed herself with a move like that, easily broken
her neck on a curb or busted her head open on the cement. But lucky for her,
she had landed in the grass, though she’d still be in pain. He wouldn’t be
surprised if she needed to go to the hospital. The beginnings of fusion caused
him to lapse into a state that made him feel as if he was in that mind all the time. He found that that mind was braver and a bit sharper.
had figured out she was okay because of her gift, her Teardrop of Knowledge. He
had also discovered she couldn’t stand even being in his vicinity anymore, and
after what had happened, he didn’t blame her. He knew the fear that ran through
her mind; it was the fear he had seen on many of his victims’ faces.
realization that he wasn’t playing around—that it wasn’t some poorly-written
crime novel, that he meant murder, cold-blooded murder—seemed to have sunk into
Luna’s mind. He recognized that desperate urge to escape. Chance frowned. He
could feel the cold wind from outside rushing in through Luna’s open door. She
was desperate to get away from him, desperate because she knew stunts like that
were a Hell of a lot safer than being around him.
What exciting story are you working on
Although Dead by Morning is just
book one in its series, book two, Alive
at Sunset, has already been written and is scheduled for release May 15,
2017. In the meantime, my current project is a fantasy about witches entitled The Council. In this story, Lilith Lace
is a crippled witch from Ignis Coven, the witches of fire. In the Land of Five,
she struggles to find out her true identity as a new threat emerges to the
land—The Elementals. The only problem, she can’t decide if she must stand
against them or with them.
When did you first consider yourself a
penned my first novel and realized how much joy it brought me, I realized I was
a writer. It was then that I came to the conclusion that writing would never be
just a hobby for me, and that I wanted it to be a large part of my life.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I’m a stay-at-home mom so I work writing into my schedule whenever possible.
However, in my mind I’m also working on something writing-related such as
fixing plot holes and working on character development.
What would you say is your interesting
first drafts must be written on paper. I cannot STAND to write on a computer.
There’s just something about staring at a blank computer screen that’s so
disheartening. I love the scribble of a pen or pencil on paper. It really
brings me into the moment, making me feel more connected to my writing, if that
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
my ideal choice for a career jumped around a bit. I wanted to be a geologist
then a veterinarian, then an ornithologist, a paleontologist, an artist, a
psychologist, a medical examiner, and finally just a writer!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
questions were fun, thanks for having me!
being a guest on my blog!