Featured Interview With Kira Seamon
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Hawaii! I live in the Boston area now and I have a couple of turtles as pets. Back at my childhood home in Hawaii, I used to have bunnies, parakeets, turtles, a cat, a basset hound, a freshwater fish tank, and a saltwater fish tank, complete with a moray eel, boxfish, pufferfish and fairy shrimp.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have adorable photos of me high up in tree branches reading books! I was a real climber when I was a kid and I loved to climb our trees and lose myself in books. I would say I started a fascination with books by about age five. I have kept a daily journal since my teens.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Anne Rice, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Thomas Hardy.
I do love cozy mysteries, biographies, romance, travel books.
I was extremely inspired by The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler. The 12 stages of the hero’s journey are not only great phases to have your main character go through, but I found my own life journey drew on many of those stages as well. I was particularly impressed and inspired by his personal story at the end of the book. He says, “trust the story”, and as an author, going through a long five-year journey to bring my book into being, this was the one thing I kept holding onto with both hands. I trusted the story and allowed it to lead me to all the different members of my team and in all the right time frames that I was meant to meet them.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Holy holly berries! Holly Jackson creates shenanigans on the Olympic level. This mischievous charmer has found herself in many strange messes, but this one takes the carrot cake!
When the rare night-blooming cereus plant is scheduled to open its petals at Shellesby College’s Night Lights Gala, Holly is there-and so is a killer. Events unfold that not only place her scholarship on the line, but also her life…and that of her rival. Holly finds herself racing the clock to save her arch nemesis, secure her scholarship, and catch a murderer… if she can!
Filled with humor, breathtaking tropical plants, and foods that will make your stomach growl, this is an epic romance and a fantastic, unique mystery rolled into one hilarious story. With all the feels, this novel can’t help but implant itself in your heart and grow into one of your favorite reads. Kira Seamon is the debut author with the killer imagination.
Dead Cereus won FIRST PLACE in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the romance category.
“Seamon is a master at creating atmospheric settings, and cozy mystery lovers will find it easy to fall under her spell. An appealing, witty heroine, a gem of a leading man, and well-constructed setting and plot make this one a must-read for both mystery lovers and fans of chick-lit literature. Readers will look forward to more of Holly and William’s adventures.” ~ The Prairies Book Review
“Human drama, individual struggles, love, secrets, and wit and romance abound, and the atmospheric setting and tight plotting keep the reader engrossed. Layered, nuanced plotting and engaging characters power a lighthearted, witty mystery. Seamon is an author to watch.” ~ The BookView Review
“Interesting characterizations, humorous, multilayered plot twists, and an old-fashioned sweet romance make this book an appealing read for romance and mystery enthusiasts, who will undoubtedly want to see more work from this debut author.” ~ RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books
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