Sunday, December 30, 2012

FEATURED: Kyla LoPresti, Author of FlashBack

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My dear readers, I had the opportunity to interview a lovely young lady named, Kyla LoPresti, author of the FlashBack series. 

How did I came to know about her? Twitter is the answer to that. I was checking my friend's twitter account (who's an avid reader of YA books, just like me) and saw her account. I was really curious about her, why? Because a part of her twitter bio says this one: "13 year old Author, I published my first book when I was 12! ..." AMAZING! Yeah. Like who else gets to publish a book at the age of 12? For me, I certainly don't know any one. Then I checked her website, saw the preview of the book and liked it. That's the time I decided that I want her to be featured on my blog. 

I tweeted her about the blog interview, she followed, replied and DM'ed me, there you go. Communicated and all those stuff I needed to be able to send her the interview questions. Waited for a couple of days. Then, I'm here blogging all about it. Not to keep you waiting, here's the interview!

Get to know more about Kyla: 
1. First and foremost, can you tell us more about yourself?  
- My name is Kyla LoPresti.  I am in 8th grade at Bailey Middle School in West Haven, CT.  I live with my parents, my little sister Zoey and dog Cole.

2. Who’s your favorite author?
- My favorite author is Cassandra Clare

3. What kind of music do you prefer?
- I like different kinds of music. My favorite artists are Christina Perri, Green Day, Monsters & Men, Lincoln Park, Ron Pope, Ed Sheeran

About being an author: 
4. How did you end up becoming an author?

- I didn’t always know I was going to be an author.  One night I had a dream about the character in my book and I woke up and just starting writing about her.  It started as a short story and I decided to make it longer and add more characters and ideas.

5. Any person who inspired you in creating your own line of books?
- I like reading series.  I thought I could make my book into a series too. My parents inspired me to keep writing and share my ideas with others.

6. When did you start writing this? Is there any dream behind it (just like the birth of The Twilight Saga) or any inspiration for this? Any hardships you faced in getting this book published? 
- I started writing my book a week before my 12th birthday. I wrote it just for myself because I had a dream about it. I started telling friends and family about it and they were really interested in reading it. So, my parents helped me make it into book format and publish it. I self published my book so there were no hardships of being turned down or people telling me it wasn’t good enough. I am lucky to have people to so support me and are excited about reading my book.

7. How many books do you plan to write for this series?

- I plan on writing 5 books for the series.  I already have them planned out and named.  But I will keep that a secret for now. :) 

8. What sets this apart from the other YA novels around?

- What sets me apart from other YA novels is the fact that I am only 13.  All other YA novels are written by adults.  I like that kids can relate to my characters because they are a lot like me.   A regular, average teen.  I hope kids will see this and it will inspire them to write about what they like.

About the book and her fans: 
9. For those who haven’t read this book, can you give them a little preview of this book?

- Isabelle Holloway is not your average teen. As if being reincarnated and having confusing flashbacks about her past isn't enough. Now her boyfriend Erik is back from her life in the 1800s. Not to mention the man who murdered her has returned to seek his vengeance. Isabelle can't tell her family or friends about her part or what's happening now. She feels alone in her complicated life until she meets a charming boy. This only infuriates Erik who doesn't trust her friend Chris. Could he be the murderer? Will Erik protect her or will he fail? 

10. Message for the fans and soon-to-be fans.

- I just want to thank everyone who has already read my book! For those of you who didn’t read it, I hope that you will and I hope you enjoy it! I also hope it inspires you to write!

11. Message for aspiring writers and authors. 

Write about what you like!  Do it for yourself!

That ends the interview, guys and gals. Really cool kid, isn't she? *Well, I can see you nodding your heads while reading this. Haha*
Lesson learned: It isn't about age, if you want to pursue something then go for it. Never let your age hinder you from getting and doing what you want. Just look at Kyla. :)

A simple treat from Kyle ... To me! :)

Kyla LoPresti's accounts: 

- Amanda xxx

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