I’ve recently had the pleasure of chatting with author Kyra Fox and just had to share! If you’re a fan of her books or a fellow writer, or not yet a fan of her books (you will be) or an aspiring writer, read on, my friends. You’ll be glad you did.
Kyra, thank you so much for giving us your time and for sharing.
Thank you for having me!
Let's start at the beginning. When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
I dreamt of becoming a doctor. Gave that up when I realized it would be too hard for me to cope with all the “what ifs.” I guess that’s part of what allures me in writing; in real life, you can’t control the outcome of everything, but an author is a deity of sorts to all her imaginary beings. In a cosmic joke, though, I did end up marrying a doctor!
Did any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published author one day?
All of them… I really should have listened earlier down the road.
And did you specifically plan your studies around your interest in writing?
Half and half. I majored in both literature and biotechnology in high school, did extracurriculars in medicine and creative writing. I’m sort of a flurry of contradictions.
On that note, what’s your opinion on that common misconception that all writers are socially inept? How true is that when it comes to you?
This is a trick question. I’m not socially inept at all, I had an entire period in my early-mid-twenties where I was part of a nightlife princess posey (for real, all the bars and club owners had me on their contact list). But I prefer to sit alone reading or writing so I am a secret introvert, I guess.
Do you ever project your own habits onto your characters?
Habits, experiences, personality (flaws and merits alike), fears... I think I have a reference to my phobia of a zombie apocalypse in three different books and counting.
Do you think writers have a personality that most people would consider “normal?”
No, because we live in a sort of revolving door scenery 24/7. I always find myself thinking how a certain situation would play out if it were in one of my books, how I’d build the characters, and what would happen to them. My world is made up of plot ideas, and sometimes I need to practice mindfulness to remember life is a series of moments happening to me, not a series of events that I can write my characters into.
Speaking of plot, do you set up your plots or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Once upon a time, I set up a plot. My characters declared mutiny, however, and they’re way better captains than I ever could be. But I always have a general idea about the story.
Do you pen down your revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
Absolutely. I walk around with a notepad and my Samsung Note9. I have around four full notebooks already.
Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
All of them are based on me to some extent, more accurately on the real me mixed with the wishful idea of me. Take the BFF Series, for example. Zoe is an introverted smart girl who keeps a close group of friends and is a bit socially awkward sometimes. That’s totally me up until my early twenties. Trista is the life of the party kind of girl, sexy and fun, feels like the world is her oyster. Totally me in my college years and all the way to my mid-twenties. She’s also a total klutz who is me since forever. Then there’s Phoebe who is this calm and collected woman. She’s more leveled and mature than the other two girls in a way that she’s at peace with who she is. She’s also a corporate lawyer that hates her job but is having a hard time admitting it. That would be me in my later mid-twenties, right around the time I met my husband. Every fictional person I breathe life into has a part of me in them, sometimes less sometimes more, but it’s always there.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All the time, from small easter eggs to entire scenes. Every single one of my characters is somehow affected by my personal experiences. In Laundry Day, my sister kept sending me LOLs on different tidbits of our life I put in there. It was hilarious that someone aside from me got it.
Which of your books would you want to be adapted for the silver screen?
I have this fantasy that the BFF Series will be adapted into a 6 part mini-series (2 episodes per book). I may have even gotten way ahead of myself and cast the characters. (Well, some of them, some are harder to cast). Also, after the BFF Series is done I’m planning on