First, let me say thank you for having me here. The idea of sharing a page out of one of my character’s diary (journal) is exciting and I’m thrilled you asked. Please keep in mind, if you have not yet read the book, by reading the following you could form ideas and opinions regarding people and relationships that may or may not be true and could possibly affect your experience when you eventually do pick up the book.
A Page From Kyra’s Journal
Hey, little book. It appears I now have a home – at least temporarily. I’m not exactly sure how I ended up here. One minute I was in the alley with a cop, attempting to refrain from making him a tasty treat, and the next, I was on my butt in the dirt beneath the entrance of a crazy carnival. The crazy carnival in which I am now chilling.
Got to admit, it’s a cushier stay than I’ve been lucky enough to find in a while. So I’m thinking I may hang out for a bit. Not sure.
A strange, old, blind man was waiting for me when I dropped into this place. The odd guy suggested I give this carnival a try. Like how? Work here? Operate a ride? Work in a freak show? I can hear my parents now. Ha! Maybe that’s a reason to stay – just to spite them.
Oh…and I have a babysitter. Like I need one. Not! But he’s cute so, for now, I’ll let him fumble around me. I got the impression he’s perplexed by me. But hey, it’s not like he’s hanging out with me by choice. He’s following the old man’s orders, showing me around. And my appetite, holy horny dragons, that seriously surprised him. Devouring three turkey legs does not make me an over-eater! If he thinks it does then he can slither back into whatever dark hole he came from, frigid-handed-monster-man.
After all that insanity, by the power of sleet and fire, I am sitting at a table in my own (for now) cozy trailer. A mere few feet away, a comfy bed awaits my collapse. It’s all so surreal. For the first time in my life, I have a den to call my own. Even if it’s only for one night. Maybe I’ll stay longer. We’ll see.
Outside it’s dark. It’s been dark since I got here and from where I sit, I can see the lights of the Ferris wheel spin and spin and spin. It’s a different kind of splendor than my fire. I wonder…
Are there any other dragons here or is it safe for me to stay?
Moorigad: Complete Age of the Hybrid Series
by Debra Kristi
Publisher: Ghost Girl Publishing LLC
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
When Kyra, the Moorigad dragon-shifter, unwittingly finds herself at Mystic’s Carnival, a supernatural world between realms, she believes her runaway days are finished. Amidst the carnies and never-ending magic, she finds a home of the heart – friends and belonging among a gathering of paranormal beings. However, living an uncomplicated life was never one of Kyra’s strengths.
She’s falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. And as she delves deeper into his mysteries, her goodwill sabotages their future and her very existence.
What did Kyra do?
Can Kyra and Sebastian find their happily-ever-after?
In this action-packed, fantasy romance about two coming-of-age would-be lovers, Kyra and Sebastian’s union and strength of character will be put to the ultimate test. The stakes? Everything and everyone that ever mattered to them
*Now you can get the complete story with all three books-in-one, including additional chapters.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Writing wasn’t my first choice. I never thought I’d be any good at penning a story. The idea that anyone would enjoy a something I had written was hard to swallow. Instead, I graduated from the schools of business. It was the smart and logic choice. Later, I obtained my professional designation (which basically meant, as a college graduate, I spent an intense year at the Fashion Institute to validate my basic gift in spacial design). I’ve been an insurance rep. A bartender. A fashion show director. A manager in retail. And a loan officer. Truth was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Nothing spoke to me, until I started writing. It was all downhill after that.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
If you don’t count bad poetry and stories from my youth, the serious stuff began post 1998 following the unfortunate demise of my sister. Somewhere in the year or two after her death my muse became extremely active.
3) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day? A typical day in the life of Debra Kristi isn’t very exciting. After grumbling at my 6 am wakeup call, it’s all school/work prep and getting kids and husband out the door. By 8:30/9:00 the house is quiet and I can focus on writing, editing, marketing, networking, researching, and educating myself until pickup time begins at 1:30. The remainder of my day is tied up with household chores and family, while sneaking in unfinished writer business and kitty snuggles.
4) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
It was probably 2013 when a writer friend of mine suggested writing a story in which the carnival had a scene or two. I didn’t know what to make of the idea so I let the story mull around for a bit. I studied up on the various acts in a carnival and then parred acts with the types of paranormal creatures that made the most sense. I was in the shower when I made the connection of a fire-eater/fire-breather to the dragon. From there the story blossomed into a very carnival entrenched piece – much more than a mere stop…or two.
5) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I’m sure you’ve heard the theory that there are only a handful of stories out there. It’s in the telling, the authors voice, that distinguishes one from the other. So…in the case of my stories, it’s my voice and my style. I’m writing stories about personal growth, family, love, and choices, set in worlds touched by magic.
6) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
Sebastian quickly became my favorite early on. Strong character that he is, he held that position all the way till the very end, never seeing himself replaced by another. As for seeing myself reflected in him, I guess there is a tiny piece of me in each of the characters I write, but overall he is his own person. If I had to pick a trait, I’d say his tendency to plan, rather than rush into matters like Kyra, I can relate to.
7) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
So many of the scenes in this book were exciting to write, but my absolute favorite was chapter thirty-eight: Bibelot. Everything about that scene came in crystal clear in my mind’s eye and I worked hard to bring the vision to life through word choice and sentence structure.
8) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
Hours of enjoyment and an unforgettable adventure.
9) What are your hopes for this novel?
A movie deal would be cool! Ha ha! But seriously, my hopes for this book is that it be read and loved by enough readers that it becomes a regular recommendation.
10) What do you have in store next for your readers?
With Kyra and Sebastian’s story primarily finished, my focus has now returned to my Young Adult fantasy Becoming: The Balance Bringer. I am in serious edit mode on book two and mapping out book three. Of course, I always leave room for more Mystic’s Carnival fun to start scripting another story, should the character insist. *wink*
Thank you for all your fun and insightful questions. It’s been a pleasure and I appreciate you giving me a piece of your time and space on your blog.
About the Author
Live in reality. Play on the other side.
Debra Kristi is a paranormal and fantasy writer. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and and three schizophrenic cats. She’s a full-time kid chaser, video game maker’s wife, and muse prompted writer. Unlike the characters she often writes, she is not immortal and her only super power is letting the dishes and laundry pile up. When not writing, Debra is hanging out creating priceless memories with her family, geeking out to science fiction and fantasy television, and tossing around movie quotes.
“She writes because the dead girl told her to.”