The Girl Who Wanted To Be A Jockey: Interview With Anna Kyle


Hello, friends!  It’s always a pleasure to bring another horse lover and author into the spotlight.  Today I’ve got Anna Kyle, author of the new Skye Falling ready to share her life with you.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A jockey. I was a horse-crazy kid and totally supported by my mom, who also had been touched by horse fever as a child. One day she emerged from the basement with a box filled with old books written by Walter Farley. The Black Stallion books. As a 12 year-old I had such a visceral reaction to his writing – goosebumps, pounding heart – I was hooked. I wondered if I could write like that that. I wrote my first “book” soon after that. Alas, I grew up and grew taller but never lost my love for horses or of The Black. The writing bug had been planted.

What do you do now?

After college I worked as a feature writer and reporter. While that suited my need for a creative outlet, it didn’t suit my need to eat and keep a roof over my head. I stumbled into medical transcription which paid the bills nicely and supported my horse habit. Currently, I work for a surgeon and write on my time off. I have two books coming out with Red Moon Romance – Skye Falling in August this year and Omega Rising in January 2016. I am noodling with an outline for the third book in the Wolf King series.

I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?

Wow. That’s a tough one. Right now I’m rewriting a story about a Native American healer (magical, of course) and that kind of power holds a strong appeal for me. Cancer? Gone. Broken leg? Healed. So either that or invisibility. One or the other. Please don’t make me choose. I want them both.

Did you ever give up on your dreams?

More like I didn’t direct any energy toward writing. After my short and stormy marriage ended, I met a man who loved me for exactly who I was. During that time I published a couple of feature stories but mainly concentrated on the horses – buying, training, selling – while still transcribing. He pushed me to do more writing, but I was busy enjoying our lives too much and just didn’t carve out the time other than a few half-hearted attempts at fiction. It was only after we lost him that I returned to writing. It was a very difficult time for me, and writing, as you know, pulls you out of this world into another for a while (a world that you alone control), which was exactly what I needed to cope.

What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?

Do it, do it, do it. This is your life. YOU decide what to do with it. If writing is your dream, make it happen. Increase your chance of success by reading (tons!), study the craft, attend workshops and webinars, and write write write. Start small or start big. Just start!

If you could have any super power in the world, besides what I just gave you, what would it be?

Again with the super powers? Hmmm, I can already heal people with my energy and I can be invisible with a mere thought. Anything more seems greedy, but since you asked…one of my characters in Skye Falling can teleport from one location to another. With family both here in Chicago and on the East Coast and a cousin moving to Texas soon, that would certainly come in handy!

SKYE FALLING

 

Skye, a Fae-shapeshifter halfing, could die if she doesn’t find out how to wake her dormant wolf, so mere rumors of the Wolf King’s return are enough to convince her to sneak through the portal between Faerie and Chicago in search of his aid. But the dizzyingly bright lights and sounds of the human realm are too tempting to ignore. So is the sexy shapeshifter wolf intent on capturing her—the one who stirs her sleeping wolf just long enough to bind the handsome stranger in a mate-bond.

Lake is willing to do anything to protect the Wolf King, a man he also calls friend. So when he receives word that a Fae princess has slipped into Chicago, he suspects a plot to assassinate the Wolf King. He’s certain capturing her will be as easy as locating her—that was his first mistake. Not only is his wolf a little too interested in Skye, but the wolf accepts her mate-bond without any say-so from him. As he unravels the truth surrounding the smart-mouthed princess and whether she’s hunting his friend or being hunted by someone else, Lake’s mission changes: protect Skye at all costs. And keep her for himself.

 

Twitter: Anna Kyle@SandsOfTime5050

Blog: Meandersandmuses.blogspot.com

Note: Skye Falling officially releases August 25, but you can add it to your Goodreads shelf right now.

 


About Sydney

Sydney is writing happy endings. She loves connecting with readers and writers while helping them pursue their dreams. In August 2015, Sydney released her first novel Chase through Koehler Books. When she isn't writing, Sydney can be found at the barn with her horse Snowdy.