Welcome back 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.
What was your favorite children’s book?
As a kid, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book. When I was a little older, Harriet the Spy and every fairy tale and ghost story I could get my hands on. It’s no wonder that I went on to write Parish Mail, a series about a smart, resourceful teen girl detective who discovers a world of magic, secrets, and ghosts in her hometown of New Orleans.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see facets of myself in them, for sure. I definitely have Celia’s drive to solve mysteries and her stubbornness. Like Tilly, I was a gothy teen but also Perky not Emo. Luc’s moody like I can sometimes be, and I share Donovan’s tendency to smartass humor. I don’t have much in common with Sloan, Peyton, and their clique, but I see them as reminders to stay grounded and be kind.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love day spas, massages, etc. It’s kind of an expensive habit, thought, so in between splurges I also enjoy just reading spa menus online. Seriously! I find it very relaxing.
What words or expression do you overuse?
I try very hard not to repeat myself when writing, but in person I confess to saying “awesome” way too much. I blame 7+ years in Los Angeles.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
To watch, baseball (Go Giants!). To do, yoga.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I listen to classical music when I write. I get distracted by music with lyrics, and anything with too driving a beat tends to stress me out, heh.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Because Post Mortem and the other Parish Mail books are interactive and a bit gamelike – the choices you make for Celia determine if she solves the crime, and also affect her relationships – I have a flowchart mapping out all the story paths as well as a chapter-by-chapter outline. That being said, I treat the outline more as a map than a list of instructions, and I stay open to detours when inspiration hits as I’m writing.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Salted caramel ice cream. 😉
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Honestly, it’s simply any of those moments when a reader tells me they enjoyed one of my books. You spend so many hours alone at the computer, caught up in your head with your characters and their drama, that hearing you were able to connect through that story to a reader… I find that wonderfully humbling and gratifying.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I have one piece of advice with two parts: Finish things. First off, finish a piece of writing in the sense of seeing it all the way through to The End or Fade Out. Lots of writers have half-finished books and screenplays lying around; be the one who actually finishes yours! The second part of my answer is to understand that finishing truly means rewriting when you’ve completed the rough first draft. There’s always rewriting, even for professional writers, so embrace it! When you’ve finished that first draft, get feedback from someone you trust, be it a friend, critique group, or editor, and rewrite that sucker. You want your work to be in the best shape possible before you send it into the world.
Craziest thing you ever ate?
Duck feet. By accident. Long story.
Celia Macarty is back in Post Mortem, the second installment in the Parish Mail saga.
Autumn in New Orleans means Homecoming, romance—and murder. When a friend vanishes, Celia believes a desperate letter about an unsolved Civil War-era murder holds the key to unraveling the mystery.
As she searches for answers, Celia enlists the help of quirky witch Tilly, and either all-American boy Donovan or, enigmatic Luc–you get to choose.
As the gang follows the missing girl’s trail, danger turns up on all fronts. A vicious stranger threatens Celia’s family. Celia’s nightmares–about a shadowy, ominous villain–get worse. And a new ghost has appeared: beautiful Angelica, who shares a past with Luc.
It will take all of Celia’s will and wit, and the faith of her friends, to solve an unspeakable crime. And no matter which path Celia takes, she will discover that sometimes the past can come back to haunt you.
2 ebooks of Post Mortem