Interview & Giveaway with Kira Brady

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome for the first time Kira Brady.   We are chatting about her new Deadglass Trilogy.   Please make Kira feel welcome.  We have a special little treat for you at the very end of the interview!!!! 

Kira, can you please share with us a little about yourself.

I’m a vegetarian tree-hugger from Seattle who enjoys hiking through gloomy forests in persistent drizzle, wearing wool sweaters year round, and marveling over all to brief sun-breaks. I moved to Philadelphia for college, because the day I visited campus, it rained. Unfortunately, this was a cruel joke. It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, I quickly ran back home, where you can now find me huddled against the oppressive grey skies with a book, a mug of tea, my story-loving toddler, and my handsome hero.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Only in elementary school. After that I came to the conclusion that an author was someone who enjoyed picking apart great literature like Camus’ The Stranger and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness—this was obviously not the path for me. I was in graduate school for city planning when I finally decided I’d rather write about imaginary cities than stamp development applications.

Are you a plotter or a panster? And you explain the difference?

I started off pansting, which meant I had a vague notion of my beginning, middle, and end, but no clear idea of how to get from A to B to C. It meant that I wrote about twice as many words as ended up in the final book. My process has thankfully evolved to plotting. The third book in the trilogy, Hearts of Chaos, I plotted out scene by scene with my critique partner before I started writing a word of it. It has been much more fun, and less frustrating, to write!

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Even though I love writing, I have an awful time sitting down to the blank page. I need to use two special programs to keep me focused: Write or Die is a program where I enter my time or word goal for a session, and, if I stop writing, it will 1) flash red, 2) start playing a siren, and finally 3) delete my words. That’s motivation to keep going! I usually write in 1000 word sprints, which I can do in about 40 minutes to an hour. Mac Freedom shuts down the internet on my computer.

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?

Hearts of Darkness is the first book in the Deadglass Trilogy. It’s set in a gritty alternate Seattle where two shapeshifter races fight over the cracked Gate to the Land of the Dead. A human woman who doesn’t believe in the supernatural must team up with an outcast mercenary werewolf to find her sister’s killer before the Gates open and all hell breaks loose.

How did you come with the idea for this story?

I took the Pike Place Market Ghost Tour, which told about the founding of Seattle on liquor, whores, and gambling, and the ghosts that haunt our present day city. The historic landmark Butterworth Mortuary was featured on the tour, and it struck my imagination. There’s this spooky quote from Chief Seattle about the dead haunting the living. He also said, “There is no Death, only a change of worlds.” Thus the sinfully haunted Seattle of the Deadglass was born.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

I’m finishing up the last book in the trilogy, Hearts of Chaos.

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why? 

I’d love to meet the ghost of J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan was my favorite story as a kid. I can sing you every Broadway song and quote you random passages.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Write every day. Don’t think about writing. Don’t talk about writing. Don’t blog about writing. Just write. Write the story idea you have all the way through to completion, and then start the next one. The only way to learn how to write is to do it, and do it frequently. Give yourself permission to suck on the first draft. I really love Write or Die for this.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

What is in your “To Read Pile” that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue, Karina Cooper’s Tarnished, and Meljean Brook’s Riveted.

What is one book everyone should read before they die?

One??? Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

What is your favorite time of year & why?

I’d say summer, but it’s currently 66 degrees and overcast. 😛 August is a beautiful month in Seattle. The rest of the year it rains. That said I really love Halloween. It’s all about the challenge of designing a fabulous waterproof costume.

Who is your celebrity crush?  And what would you do if you ever meet them?

I have a huge crush on this tech blogger and evangelist. He’s a celebrity in certain geek circles. If I ever meet him, I’d probably ask him to have my babies.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for having me!

Learn more about Kira here: 

Website  | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

 Want a chance to read  the Prequel to The Deadglass Trilogy

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*giveaway is sponsored by Books-n-Kisses*

Hearts of Fire

A Deadglass Novella
June 26, 2012 from Kensington Zebra


by Kira Brady
Paranormal Romance
Kensington Zebra, 2012
ISBN 13: 978-1-4201-3137-6
(an ebook exclusive novella)

In the prequel to a stunning new paranormal series, one woman’s desire for a forbidden man will spark a centuries-long supernatural conflict—and a love nothing can destroy. 

She’s the heiress to Seattle’s most powerful shifter clan. Her destiny is as controlled and certain as moonrise. However, from the moment Alice Snow encounters the man known as Brand, she will defy all constraint and break every rule to make this dragon-shifter hers. Brand is determined to repay the clan leader he owes his life to. But one taste of Alice’s exquisite spirit will make him question his loyalty—and plunge them both into the middle of a ruthless power play. Their only chance at freedom is a gamble that could risk the future of humans and shifters alike…

Available for [Amazon kindle], [Nook], and [Powell’s Books].

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28 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Kira Brady

  1. Jeannie L July 25, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    I’ve not read any of Kira’s books but will be sure to check her out. I do love reading about shifters. Thanks for the great interview.

    I’ll actually be traveling to Seattle in 2 week’s time and I’ll be sure to look around Pike’s Place more carefully though I’m certain that I won’t be signing up for that ghost tour.

  2. erinf1 July 25, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    thanks for a great post! Congrats to Kira on the newest release! I’m definitely excited to read her new book as I’ve already read such awesome buzz about it! I entered this contest not realizing that I had already purchased this novella, so please withdraw me :) I’m now running to my kindle to start reading!

  3. nurmawati djuhawan July 25, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    i love romantic suspense…
    ireally want to read kira’s books..
    wish me luck :)

    chikojubilee at gmail dot com

  4. Kerry July 25, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

  5. Yadira A. July 25, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I love the drizzley Seattle weather too… I live in WA and know exactly what you’re talking about and would totally be ok wearing sweaters all year round:) Can’t wait to read your Deadglass Trilogy… Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Maria D. July 25, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Loved the bio! I already have “Hearts of Fire” on my Kindle but need to add the rest of the books. Not entering the giveaway

  7. Marika Weber July 25, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Loved the interview. Write or Die is an awesome program. I just wish I had the program to shut down the internet. That would be awesome for this newbie writer.

    Congratulations on the release and thanks for the giveaway.


  8. Robin B. July 25, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Can’t wait to read the book. I am going to have to get a 2nd job for all the new books I want. Thanks for the great give away.


  9. Christine July 25, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Great interview Ladies! The other day my review copy of “Hearts of Darkness” arrived and I admit I was tempted to dive in and forget everything around me. But I’m saving it for a special occasion like, the moment I click send and my short story assignment is on its way to my instructor this Friday.

    I completely agree Kira about the write, write and then write some more. Don’t talk about writing but put it into action and keep going until your joints cramp and you cannot write anymore.

    Happy Reading!

  10. Melanie Rovak July 25, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Thank you for the interview and donating to the giveaway. This book sounds like a really interesting read. :)

  11. Natalia J July 25, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    This is the first time I see about this series and will check it out. I love romance suspense books so will most defiantly add to the books to read. Thanks for the interview it really made it interesting to learn about the series and how you got the idea of writing the books. :)

  12. Carin W July 25, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    This is a new to me series and I can’t wait to check it out! Carin

  13. wanda flanagan July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Sounds great cant wait to dive into this series.Have a great week

  14. Lona Stringer July 25, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Book sounds great, the interview was cute. Thx for giveaway.

  15. Barbara Elness July 25, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Kira, your Deadglass trilogy sounds fantastic and I’m really looking forward to reading the books.

  16. Allison Motherway July 25, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Do you ever see yourself becoming a non vegetarian in the future? What do you do for your diet for the best source of protein?

  17. Alexandrea Ward July 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Hiking the Inca trail at Machu Pichu sounds like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do that too. I also have Karina’s book on my “to read” list, can’t wait to read it. I also can’t wait to read your whole series, it sounds really interesting.

  18. Danni T July 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I loved the whole Write or Die program. Very interesting way to force you to write. The synopsis for this book seems really interesting. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Heather P July 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Great interview. The Deadglass trilogy looks very interesting – it is going on my TBR list

  20. Diane July 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I haven’t read any of Kira’s books before but I am a paranormal fan, so wouldn’t mind trying her.

  21. Mina De Caro July 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Kira’s books were already in my tbr list. Glad to see there is a prequel. Would love to grab it!

  22. Filia Oktarina July 26, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Can’t wait to read the book. I love read romantic suspense genre. This book sound good, i am looking forward to read this book :)

  23. Jennifer Bielman July 26, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    A great interview. Peter Pan was my fav story as a kid too.

  24. Maria pronounced Mariah July 26, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Love a great Romantic Suspense! Gotta say you stumped me with Miss Rumphius…that is one I have never heard of but will be checking out!

    Thanks so much!

  25. Audra Holtwick July 26, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    great interview—- i want to read your books

  26. Kira Brady July 27, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! I’m in Anaheim for the national RWA conference this week (and Disneyland!). Miss Rumphius is a children’s picture book, but it’s great and the illustrations are gorgeous.

    RE being a vegetarian- I’ve been one since I was 13 and I don’t ever see myself stopping. It’s not a conscious lifestyle choice anymore; it’s just who I am. I eat a lot of dairy, beans, and tofu for protein. It’s a very healthy diet!

  27. bn100 July 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Nice interview and advice. Lovely covers.

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