Friday, November 28, 2014
Interview with Ky Lehman
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I am novelist, a children's author, a teacher of swimming and water safety, wife to my high school sweetheart and the proud mother of our three very tall teenage sons. I live in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia with my husband, our children and our menagerie of furry babies! And, in the writing world, I am known as both Ky Lehman and Kylie Lehman.
Are you a mom ?
Yes, to three teenage boys, two of which a twins…and I am happy to report that I am still sane! For now…
If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
Yes! But, it is one of the few ways I know how to switch off and unwind, so hell or high-water, I make sure I find the time! Writing THE 13TH DESCENT took eighteen months of nabbing an hour here and five minutes there during the school terms, and writing flat out during the school holidays, all while hearing my husband and sons say to each other in distant the background, “Don’t bother. She’s in the zone…”
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
When a family member suddenly died young, I started to question what I believed in, and found that as a free thinking adult, the answers provided by the religion I was raised in wasn't enough. So, I read, and I researched all of the religions I could think of, and although I found that every faith has its own beauty and wonder, other questions were then raised: Man's rules? God's rules? amongst many others. In short, Ren, Mike, Josh, Benni Dhoo, and all of the other personalities introduced in THE 13TH DESCENT each represent a piece of the puzzle I am still trying to put together, as they all find their own way to the one true constant of every era, country and religion that has ever existed: love.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I always win handstand competitions in the pool. I’ve been told that I make a richly-mean spaghetti bolognaise. I paint landscapes - not well - but I love it! I am good with animals - especially fluffy ones – I get cuddles from the apparently shy ones, and I’ve been told that I have a knack of chilling out the uppity ones, but I don’t know how - I’m not exactly the most chilled-out person!
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Ren, because she well-practised trailblazer! Even though she doesn't remember or acknowledge that about herself right away. She is loved by people from all walks of life, and adored by those special few who have seen behind the armour, and she has so much love to give, but instead of allowing herself to embrace, revel and grow in all that love, she insists on restraining and harnessing it, riding high up on its back in the one position where she doesn’t have to look it directly in the face like it is a war horse with the strength to carry her – and the baggage of the twelve ‘her’s’ before this one – as she charges headfirst into the bloody battle she has fought for millennia against her history, her family name, and the men who love her.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
I am currently writing Book Two of The Rosefire Trilogy: THE 13TH RISING. Let’s just say that Ren finally discovers where her heart truly lies, and as a result, she gets her head on straight and develops a clear line of sight, so God help anyone that gets in her way!
What book are you reading now?
Outlander- also known as Cross Stitch - by Diana Gabaldon
What is in your to read pile?
The rest of The Outlander series - the seven books that follow Cross Stitch!
The 13th Descent
The Rosefire Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Adventure
Number of pages: 190
Word Count: 66600+ words
One Choice Can Make an Immortal Human
But What Choices Need to Be Made to Go Back Again?
The revolutionary year following Serenay "Ren" Avalon's eighteenth birthday could rival Clark Kent's entire adolescence.
After her mother and her grandmother were killed in a car bomb explosion at the heart of their sleepy hillside town where nothing extraordinary usually happens, she discovers that her mother is actually alive and in hiding, her long lost father is a Father, and her best friend, who turns out was once an Archangel, has taken a gargantuan step back in his evolution to live on Earth with her for the past thirteen lifetimes. And besides being the only one in her immediate circle with a serious case of past life dementia, she learns that during her first lifetime, she was married to one of the greatest teachers history has ever known who is now the gorgeous lead singer of a hot new rock band taking the world by storm, and who is keen to meet up with her again in the twenty first century.
As Ren realizes that the powerful family name she bears also brings with it the promise of an unnatural death, she is reminded that it has always brought hope to people on both sides of the veil, human and Tor. As the world draws closer to being completely shrouded by the dark cloaks of her age-old enemies, the Bloodstones, she now, more than ever before, has to draw strength from her origins to protect her family and their ancient truth from this global force responsible for torturing and killing centuries of her ancestors.
As she struggles to unearth who she was, who she is, and who she chooses to be, as well as the expectations of her first mortal love and the heavenly love she has always guiltily denied, she has until midnight on the Solstice find a way to bring light to a compromised heart and to a world on the brink of perpetual darkness.
This first book in The Rosefire Trilogy by debut YA author, Ky Lehman, is a reminder of how the choices we make in the throes of love, loss, hope, and adversity are what makes the divine human, and the human divine.
Available at Amazon
About the Author:
Ky Lehman is a novelist, a children's author, a teacher of swimming and water safety, wife to her high school sweetheart and the proud mother of their three very tall sons. She lives in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia with her husband and their children where she is currently writing the second book in The Rosefire Trilogy, The 13th Rising.
"This book packed so much, it’s almost impossible to summarize in a few centuries. Ren is pretty awesome. Despite all the weird things she hears, and everything that’s going on, she manages to keep her head above water and to bravely shoulder it all. The romance storyline was interesting too, and it added an extra dimension to the book.
Like I mentioned, it’s tough to describe how cool this book is. The writing is fun, the characters are amazing, the plot has so many twists and turns I barely could keep up with it, and overall, it’s a blast to read. Highly recommended to all fans of paranormal romance." ~ I'm an Eclectic Reader