Today, Kira Brady, author of Hearts of Darkness, is visiting the blog. Let’s ask her a few questions about her new release, and then you can enter for a chance to win Hearts of Darkness!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Kira Brady] Author of apocalyptic PNR set in a gritty alternate Seattle. Knitter. Crafter. Hiker. Vintage dress enthusiast. Tea drinker. New mum.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hearts of Darkness?
[Kira Brady] Hearts of Darkness is an apocalyptic paranormal romance set in a modern day, grizzly Seattle where two shape-shifting races fight in secret for control to the Gate to the Land of the Dead. The Kivati seek to protect the Gate, the Drekar to destroy it. When human Kayla Friday arrives in Seattle to ID her sister’s body, she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but she’s quickly forced to join forces with a mercenary werewolf to find a key her sister died protecting. Hart will stop at nothing to earn his freedom from the cruel dragon-shifter he serves, no matter what gorgeous human gets in his way. As they race to stop the Gates from falling, they risk everything—even their hearts—to stop the world from total destruction.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Kira Brady] I took a ghost tour of Pike Place Market and Butterworth Mortuary and learned all about the city’s scandalous start and the ghosts that still haunt the streets. I was inspired by a quote from Chief Seattle in which he says, “These shores will swarm with the invisible Dead of my Tribe. The White Man will never be alone. Let him be kind and just to my People, for the Dead are not powerless. Dead, did I say? There is no death, only a Change of Worlds.” It brought to mind a city plagued with ghosts from a cracked gate between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. As for the two shape-shifter races, the Kivati and Drekar were inspired by the mythology of two of the major cultural populations in early Seattle—Native Americans and Scandinavians. There is a legend that Thunderbirds fought and killed giant reptilian monsters, which fit in perfectly with the idea of the Drekar dragon shape-shifters. The characters are all people who belong in both worlds and neither, each searching for a place to come home to. Hart jumped from my imagination fully formed. I’ve always loved werewolves and anti-heroes with a hidden heart. Kayla took more time, but I knew she represented those blind to the magic in the world. Through the Deadglass, her eyes are opened.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kayla?
[Kira Brady] Tenacious, loyal, rational.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Kayla would never have in her purse?
[Kira Brady] A gun, a flask, and a condom.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Hart had a theme song, what would it be?
[Kira Brady] “Uprising” by Muse
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Hart’s most prized possession?
[Kira Brady] His Mother’s necklace.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Kira Brady] The fantasy novels I read as a kid. I loved the survivalist books where kids were stranded in the wilderness and had to hack it out alone. I also loved books about dragons and the fierce as nails heroines who weren’t afraid to ride them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Kira Brady] A big chunk of distraction-free time, tea, my computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Kira Brady] Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Kira Brady] I guess I’d have to say the Disney version of Peter Pan, which I had memorized at three. I’ve always loved reading.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Kira Brady] Read, hike, and make crafts with my toddler.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Kira Brady] Website: kirabrady.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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