Author Spotlight: Kyla Stan

Ever since she was a child, Kyla Stan enjoyed creating fantasy stories. In fact, she has a notebook from when she was a kid filled with stories that she is currently updating! Kyla knew at a young age that being a writer was her dream, and so she pursued it at the young age of sixteen.

Kyla hopes her writing will help other people with mental illness, such as anxiety and depression. In addition, Kyla wants people to be aware of environmental issues, which are reflected in Poet Tongue.

She has a degree in professional communications, and wants to further her education by receiving a master’s in English literature. Her dream job is to become an English professor and inspire others to write.

Kyla is currently working on a second book, and a few short story collections. She lives with her two cats, Nightshade and Chippy, who are like her sons, along with a plecostomus fish, two goldfish, and eight frogs

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Welcome to the blog, Kyla! Tell us all sorts of stuff about yourself and your book!

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What is your book about?

Poet Tongue is about finding not only who you are in the world, but finding love. And not just a crush. I mean real love. Someone who takes the good with the bad! My book also highlights environmental issues, such as poaching. Another serious topic that many young adults go through is mental illness. Violet faces not only anxiety and depression, but serious anger issues.

 

How did you come up with the story?

After a really bad high school break up! I remember standing in the shower, and how at the young age of seventeen, I just wanted to be romantically serious. Not just date and date and date like high school kids do. I came up with the character Tohon after visiting the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. I love and respect Native American culture and history so much, that I knew I wanted a storyline that incorporated those elements.

 

Which character(s) do you most identify with and why?

Definitely Violet. I used to view high school just as she did. I hated every moment of it! As a young teen, I went through severe anxiety/depression issues that went undiagnosed for many years. Writing really helped vent everything on my mind. I also have a darker style like she does. Jeans, t-shirt and skater shoes and I’m good to go out!

 

What is your writing process like?

This is embarrassing to mention, but I procrastinate a lot. I love writing, but I can’t sit there for more than a couple of hours without needing a break! When I start a new concept for a book, I make sure I do a lot of research. With Poet Tongue I researched Native Culture and wolves for months before I even started to write, and the same goes for my newest book that I’m working on.

 

What do you snack on while you write?

I try not to snack too much, because then I wind up eating a whole bag of chips! I definitely keep water at my side, and when I’m hungry I take a break and eat a meal. I love sweets though, especially chocolate.

 

What are some of your favorite books? Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love reading about mermaids. I have a whole bookcase dedicated to mermaid books, especially The Little Mermaid. When I think about two of my absolute favorites, I immediately go to Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli, and Seven Tears into the Sea, my favorite selkie book, by Terri Farley. My favorite authors are Donna Jo Napoli, Edgar Allen Poe, and Liz Kessler.

 

What do you do like to do when you’re not writing?

I love photography, especially nature photography. I also love to paint, draw, work on crafting, cooking, and sewing. I love to read though. I’ll stay up to 3 AM if the book is really good!

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Thanks for stopping by, Kyla! You can read my review of her book HERE.

The book is Poet Tongue

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Book Summary

Ravaging Animal or Gentle Spirit?

Violet is an outcast. She’s bullied at school, her boyfriend is abusive and she doesn’t have a family to call her own. But when a terrible truth emerges, Violet decides she’s had enough with the life she’s faced with, and desires to kill herself.

But someone, or something thinks she’s worth saving. When she’s bitten by Tohon, a werewolf warrior, they discover that Violet has the power to destroy an enemy that haunts Tohon’s pack.

These new werewolf abilities might be too much for Violet to handle on her own.

In this riveting Young Adult novel about facing your fears, death, friendship and love, Violet must decide who she really is; a raging animal, or a kind spirit.

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