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Author interview with Kaylin Peyerk

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been a reader for my entire life. Fantasy romance in particular has been a big part of my life. Falling into stories was what got me through an awkward childhood, and then I grew to love adult fantasy romance for the complex themes and ideas it portrays. That’s why I moved into the realm of adult paranormal romance and fantasy.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

I’ve had times where a plot idea came first in a dream that I scribbled down to tease out later, and I’ve also written extensive character and world-building outlines before even looking at the plot. So, I would say it all depends on the type of narrative you want to portray because every book is driven by one or the other, rarely both.

Describe your writing space.

My husband and I have a shared office we call “the game room” because we are both lovers of computer games. On the walls are murals of some of my favorite anime and literature. MHA, Attack on Titian, Marvel, and art from Heaven Official’s Blessing by MXTX. There are LED lights lining the walls and a comfy black couch for snuggling! Really cozy and fits my vibe perfectly.

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

My writing is all-consuming to me, as I’m sure it is for most authors. I feel for my characters so deeply that they’re a part of me. Everything I put them through resonates in my chest; especially when I include mental illness in my narrative as that hits close to home. I think including real-life struggles makes your characters more real and can help both author and reader to cope, you know? That’s my answer that’s not an answer, haha. Because, to be completely honest, I’m not sure I’ve found a way to deal with the emotional impact other than hold onto it tightly and never let it go. I’ve got so many characters in my head now it’s rowdy in there.

How many books have you published? Which is your favorite?

I’ve published twenty-five books so far in my career. My favorite is Wolf Rejected, a recent release that I adore with my whole heart. It follows a woman who lost her twin sister to murder. She’s hellbent on finding the person responsible all at the expense of herself. She’s got this huge martyr complex, not to mention the grief and anger of losing someone so close to her. At the same time, she’s forced to take her twin’s place as the next queen of Ellion, marrying the triplet princes. It’s raw, and dark, and I think a lot of people who have lost someone can relate. The dedication at the start of the novel is one I feel to my very core: “To those who have lost someone dear to them and felt just as much rage as they did sorrow.”

Where can readers purchase your books?

Amazon! Most, if not all, of my titles, are in Kindle Unlimited.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Name one author that you always 1-click

Sam Hall, her books are a huge inspiration for me and I love her work

Share something fun your readers wouldn’t know about you.

My family owned a bakery when I was younger, so I know how to make a lot of different pastries and pies.

Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?

A room full of snakes

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Published by Author J Marshall

South African-born author. Bibliophile. Mother of beasts and a 15-year-old blonde. Married to a hard ass, loving, biker. Hair color tester. Drinker of alcohol. Learning to cook

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