I'm Kira Brighton! I'm a college freshman who has written novels since I was eleven. I've completed sixteen thus far, and have attempted to publish three, with one attempt ongoing. My focus is YA fantasy and sci-fi with a tendency towards Romantic styling. I'm known to some of the writing world as DolphinWriter and the rest as Kira. I also sing and play cello. :)
My official credits are as follows: I have had many short pieces (poetry and short non-fiction) published and awarded by varied groups. I have also won many titles in the annual Write It Awards, such as “Best Writer,” and in the 2009 awards, an early draft of ON THE DAWNING, then connected to sequel ON THE BRINK, won “Best Novel.” I am a well-regarded member of the Figment and NaNoWriMo communities, and an honored alumni of the Write It boards.
Where do you write?
I have been known to write anywhere and everywhere. I prefer to write on my little laptop whilst lying on my bed at home. I guess nowadays that'll have to become my bed in my dorm. But no matter what a writer must be versatile. I also have a diary (my 58th, currently) that I will write in when going over the day or when I have no other choice. Such as during NaNoWriMo.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
Well, at home, the first thing I just saw was a bag of kitty litter sitting on my dresser. How amusing.
Whenever I have an idea-- or during NaNoWriMo, when I have an excuse to do it all crazily.
Drink of choice while writing?
When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I am a musical writer for sure. I usually listen to movie scores or darker/mellower music, however, because I find it more inspiring and less distracting than the pop stuff. There's a little bit of this in other posts on the blog.
What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
Hmm. I'm assuming this question is in reference to the one I most recently finished and not to my next (NaNo)Novel? The one I most recently finished, PERISHED I'd been working on off-and-on for four-ish years as a sequel to a previous novel. The inspiration came from a romantically-and-morally-induced crisis in my life at the time. My inspiration to later continue and finish it came in the form of a different romantic crisis. My next NaNoNovel project, MERCIFUL, came to me in a dream that brought together many random ideas I'd had floating around already, and I'm very excited about it. November can't come soon enough!
What's your most valuable writing tip?
Never give up.
Thanks guys! Regular blog-goers, see you on Wednesday for College 101. The rest of you, I'll see around the GUTGAA events. Goodbye!