This is the first time I’ve ever had the priviledge of welcoming an author to the spotlight when I was reading their book! (No, I didn’t even plan that. It just happened.) Anyone who writes an awesome story that includes a horse farm is bound to be interesting. Welcome, Killarney Traynor.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
That depended upon what book I was reading at the time!
For years, though, I wanted to be a paleontologist and work in the fields out west.
When I got older, I wanted to be an archaeologist and write for National Geographic.
To this day, I still love reading archaeological and historical magazines and books, and draw on them a lot when I write.
What do you do now?
Besides writing, I work as an accountant in an insurance brokerage – it’s nice, quiet work that gives me time to day dream.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
You’d be giving me the ability to teleport, so I would shock the person next to me by disappearing, and freak out some poor Parisian by appearing out of nowhere and stealing his croissant.
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
Oh, yes: There was a stretch where I was sending out manuscripts to every agent I could find and there’s nothing like receiving a constant stream of rejection slips to make you think of giving up.
But even as I became firmly convinced that I would never see my stories in print, I noticed something: I was still writing.
There were still stories to tell and I liked telling them, even if it was only my family and friends who would read them.
I knew, then, that…
The dream couldn’t die as long as I kept writing. There’s something very empowering about that, I think.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
You’ll never really live until you go for it, but do it sensibly.
There are lots of ways of pursuing and realizing your dreams without ruining yourself, your finances, or your health.
Practice patience, because some dreams take a life time to fulfill, and enjoy the journey along the way.
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
I’d want to be the She-Hulk.
She’s got an awesome can-do/bad-attitude and a quick wit that I admire.
But when I was a kid, I could never decide who I wanted to be more: Batgirl or Catwoman – and I still don’t know who I’d chose!
Killarney Traynor is a New England-born novelist, writer, actor, bibliophile, martial artist, and history buff. A member of Authors Elite and American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of Summer Shadows and Necessary Evil.