Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder

Welcome to Author Kira Snyder

Kira Snyder is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her television work includes the Syfy Channel shows ALPHAS and EUREKA and the People’s Choice Award-winning vampire drama MOONLIGHT, which aired on CBS. Kira’s plays have been performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Circle in the Square Theatre School, the Burton-Taylor Theatre in Oxford, England, the Bay Area Independent Theatre Fringe Festival, and Stanford University. Also a game designer with a Masters degree from NYU-Tisch’s interactive media program, Kira has produced games for Electronic Arts, Purple Moon, Microsoft, There.com, the MIT Press textbook Rules of Play, and Yahoo, including EA’s seminal alternate reality game MAJESTIC. She is a proud geek and loves sci-fi and videogames, reading and playing when she’s not writing or designing. You can reach virtual Kira on Twitter @sugarjonze.  


Interview
Q: If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

A: I’d love to visit the past — go swing dancing at the Savoy, say — but would want to live in the future. Exciting times lie ahead, and I’m a big fan of antibiotics and being able to vote.

Q:  If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

A: Cocktails with Dorothy Parker would be fabulous.

Q: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

A: Because it’s a tasty genre mash-up with something for everyone: YA urban fantasy spiced with Southern Gothic and a teen girl detective heroine.

Q:  Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

A: In addition to my full-time job as a writer on the Syfy TV show “Alphas” (I also wrote on “Eureka” and “Moonlight”), I’m hard at work on the second book in the Parish Mail series. I also have a YA sci fi idea I’m noodling on.

Q: Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?

A: Y’know, I’m not much of a stuff person. I much prefer experiences. I’d rather have an amazing dinner or see Cirque du Soleil than get something I have to find a spot for and dust.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

A: Huevos rancheros.

Q: Night owl, or early bird?

A: Whatever 10am or so counts as. Midmorning marmot?

Q:  What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

A: Reading, writing, playing videogames, and napping.

Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A: This is specifically for writing. In high school, I had one English teacher who forbade any form of the verb “to be” in the papers we wrote for her class. An entire year of work without be, is, was, being, etc. absolutely made me develop a taste for the active voice and interesting verbs. Even now, I get itchy when I write “is” and try to use it sparingly. Try avoiding “to be” for a chapter or two as an exercise, and you’ll see how much richer and livelier your writing becomes. You don’t want to perform crazy grammatical contortions to accomplish this, though; sometimes “is” is the best word for the job (see?).

Q: What is your favorite Quote?

A: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Q:  What is one book everyone should read?

A: Every writer or anyone with a creative spark — which I think is everyone — should read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Hilarious, encouraging, earthy, useful advice on writing and the creative life. I re-read it about once a year.

Q:  When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A: Princess Leia. I still do, actually.

Dead Letter Office

When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, apparently addressed to her.
The paranormal repercussions of that night continue when Celia learns that Luc is in fact the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.
With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder using the letter and both magical and forensic clues.
A vengeful spirit appears to be haunting Celia, Luc’s murderer may have returned from the dead, and many more letters have appeared, all asking for Celia’s help.
What’s Cool from Coliloquy: Kira has written Parish Mail like a TV series–there are over-arching mystery and romantic story arcs that extend between the episodes, while each episode has a smaller case that is presented and solved. Along the way, she asks you, the reader, to make several small decisions as you read. These choices do not impact the overarching storyline, but certain combinations “unlock” clues to the series’ mystery, which are embedded in the text.
Kira also asks you to cast a vote at the end of the episode, to get additional feedback from her fans about their preferred love interests in future episodes.

Giveaway Details 
3 ebook copies of Dead Letter Office
Ends 6/1/12
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