Author, Kya Aliana graciously took time to answer questions about the characters, and inspiration behind her latest YA horror/thriller, Vampiress: Bloodborne part of the Vampiress Thrillogy.
Vampiress: Bloodborne is available NOW from Winlock Press, and available on Amazon and major online booksellers.
What is the first line from Vampiress: Bloodborne?
“A tall girl with milky white skin peers back at me.”
What inspired the Vampiress Thrillogy?
Wow, that’s a big question. Several things inspired this trilogy. First of all, my little sister is dyslexic and I wanted to help her enjoy reading. So I started writing The Vampiress Thrillogy and I would read her chapters each night. It worked! She hasn’t stopped reading since.
The more I wrote, the more I realized how much I love writing. I love how attached my sister got to the characters, and how I could see her emotions as I read it to her. The story was inside me and coming to life for the first time through her eyes; it’s hard to find a greater feeling than that. The little things inspired me like the fun and the joy I saw it bring to my little sister each night. So, that’s why I became a writer.
Three words to describe your writing?
Teenage, Suspenseful, Emotional
Which part of Vampiress: Bloodborne challenged you the most?
Well, I wrote the original draft when I was 14, since then the story has changed A LOT through my own revisions, edits, and plot changes I made as I grew up. As we grow, our perspective of the world and certain situations change. So, as my perspective changed so did my story. The hardest part was keeping that raw teen emotion prominent throughout the manuscript. Sometimes I had to roll my eyes at what I wrote when I was 14 – although I’m only 20 now, it’s amazing how much you grow from 14 to 20. There was a truth to what I wrote at fourteen, a certain perspective and emotion that I drew on. I changed the wording and the situations, but I was careful to keep the feeling that teens/fans of YA Fiction relate to. It’s hard for sure, but I’m always up for a good challenge!
Which of Vampiress: Bloodborne’s characters do you most identify with?
Most people probably expect me to say Hailey. She’s my main character and I will be honest, we do have some (but not all) similar traits. To be perfectly honest, I relate to Christopher the most. Chris is Hailey’s little brother who is growing up much too fast. His big sister has always looked out for him, but when she’s turned into a monster, it’s his turn to look after her. Chris takes on a lot of emotional responsibilities that aren’t necessary because he has a giant heart and will do anything for his sister. He just wants to help, but he has a lot holding him back (parents, age, emotional maturity).
I can identify with Christopher because even when something feels like it’s out of reach, he’s determined and goes for it anyways. He’s very loyal to those he loves. Once he decides what to do, he doesn’t back down no matter what storm comes his way.
What did you learn about yourself as a writer while working on Vampiress: Bloodborne?
I learned that I am a writer. When I first started Vampiress: Bloodborne, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was just writing it for the pure joy and fun because I had a story to tell. Then, as the plot thickened, I fell head over heels in love and I knew that I needed to do this for the rest of my life. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop and I’ve written eleven books which will all be coming out soon! I’ll never stop writing because the stories ideas are always there and I’m the vessel.
What elements make for good horror fiction?
I believe that all fears are innate. The real fears are those that we can all relate to. Fear of being alone … fear of never being loved … fear of what others think … fear of losing those you love. I draw on those emotions through my characters, situations, and then I add the monster to embody those fears and implement them. It’s not the monster that we’re afraid of … it’s what the monster will do to your life, your loved ones, and your future. Then, of course I add the classic gore, creepy dialogue, and fangs.
What are your thoughts on genre blending in works of fiction?
I’m a huge fan. I love to read genres of all sorts and it’s because that’s how it is in “the real world.” Our life is not just one genre, so why should my character’s life be just one genre? In my writing and with my main character, there’s an emotional truth, innate fears, struggle with relationships and who to trust, dabbling in and out of love, action, horror, you name it! In my opinion, this is what brings the character to life. My plot is mostly horror/thriller, but my characters are multi dimensional and think about the same things you and I would.
Where can we find you and your work online?
Find out more on my website: http://www.kyaaliana.com
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1. Favorite horror writer? – So hard to pick a favorite because there are so many good ones. Buuuut, if I had to choose I would say: Jonathan Maberry
2. Favorite movie? – It changes a lot, but it’s currently Stand By Me.
3. What scares you? – Losing those I love … and werewolves
4. What’s one word you overuse? – “Awesome!” – I say this ALL time in conversation haha.
5. Favorite place to write? – Curled up on the couch with a mug of coffee.
6. Title of your first published work? – Impending Doom (self-published, currently un-published.) Vampiress: Bloodborne is my first traditionally published book.
7. What book do you wish you wrote? – I never find myself wishing I wrote somebody else’s book. I just learn and grow from reading my favorites.
8. Favorite color? — Purple
9. What are you currently reading? – DUST OF THE DEAD by John Palisano. Amazing and very refreshing take on zombies.
10. Coffee or tea? Coffee!
11. Beer or wine? Coffee!