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The Witch's Ambition Trilogy by Kayla Krantz - Special Guest Blog Post + Interview

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**See how it all ends in the final installment of The Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy, set to release 8/15.**

As the war destroys the last of the covens, Lilith knows there is only one way to end the chaos for good—a final showdown against the Sage that only one of them will walk away from.

Guest Post
How did you get into writing horror/suspense, and what is your favorite thing about those genres?
Horror and suspense have always had a special place in my heart. While other kids enjoyed fairytales at bedtime, I always liked scary stories, suspenseful stories. Stories that would keep me up at night because they didn’t have a real ending rather than the happy endings of other children’s stories. I was friends with the monster in my closet, not afraid.
When I came across my first Stephen King book, I loved it so much. It was everything I wanted in a story. The wildness of the story, the mystery, the psychological dilemma, it all appealed to me. Ever since then, I wanted to write stories that would follow in the footsteps of Stephen King. Books that would boggle the mind.
My first attempt at this was in my debut novel, Dead by Morning, where I tackled the idea of blending the supernatural with a seemingly normal background. The story progressed to suspense and horror, leaving me with a book that’s a blend of all genres.
Horror and suspense are my favorite genres to read because they are more real to me, more believable than romance books. Fear is a real tangible emotion that everyone has experienced at some point in their life. Being able to draw on that can create truly engaging stories.

Author Q&A

1.    What is the first book that made you cry?
Stephen King’s Pet Sematary will always be the only book capable of making me cry. The way that he portrays the death of the son is so powerful that it always brings the ugliest emotions out of me.

2.    How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
From start to finish, it takes me about a year to finish a book. The first draft typically takes me anywhere from a month to two. Then, I have what I call the “fluffing” stage where I add things like descriptions, dialogue, and work on character personality. This is the longest stage of the process for me and can last about six to eight months. Finally, when it’s time for the final edit, I take about a month to go through it all, making sure it reads right and correcting spots that are difficult to understand.

3.    How do you select the names of your characters?
I don’t really select the names of my characters, they come to me. When I first start working on a new piece, I don’t give my main character a name. I write them as “MC” until I get a feel for their personality, then the name usually comes to me. Sometimes, they have pretty normal names, but once in a while something unique will come to me.

4.    What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
If I had to choose, I would say a wolf. They’re beautiful creatures, ones that are really misunderstood.

5.    What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Top five favorite movies be (in order): Heathers, Flatliners (the original), Dogma, Sinister, and Goonies.

6.    Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My biggest advice would be to never give up. It’s a tough business, but as long as you remember why you’re writing and remember the purpose of the story that you want to tell, then no one can stop you from experiencing greatness.

7.    Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
1.    I am a cat person.
2.    I love to draw and paint in my spare time.
3.    I am Wiccan.
4.    I am studying for my Master’s in Business Administration.
5.    I hope to own my own bookstore someday.
6.    I am very introverted.
7.    I am a coin-collector.
8.    I love 80’s and 90’s music and movies.
9.    I know how to play the flute, saxophone, and tuba.
10.  I love to play Xbox.

11. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I would choose the ‘80’s because I love the movies and music of that genre. I feel like I was born in the wrong generation because I adore everything about that decade. Even the wacky clothes.

12. What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read is psychological thrillers because I love being kept in suspense. Not knowing where the story is going keeps me engaged. Books that are predictable aren’t fun for that very reason.

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About the author:
Kayla Krantz is a proud author, responsible for a number of fantasy novels, and is fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all-time inspiration, mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror, but somehow drifted into thriller and fantasy. She loves the 1988 movie, “Heathers.” Kayla was born and raised in Michigan, but traveled across the country to where she currently resides, in Texas.

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