Thursday, May 11, 2017

Guest Post by Kyrain Lyndon, author of Shattering Truths plus #Giveaway

Writing Inspiration
by Kyrian Lyndon
People inspire me more than anything else does! The individual life struggles that all of us face move me in a very deep and personal way. I’m interested in the maladies that continue to trip us up in life. I want to explore what leads us to those circumstances, and how we dig out from there.
In my Deadly Veils series, readers can see the development and resolution of addictions and afflictions. They can laugh and cry with dysfunctional families. It is all about life and people—exploring, loving, hating, dealing with tragedy, getting knocked down and getting back up. Human behavior fascinates me to no end! I love how we can turn the tide when we want to, changing outcomes. I love how we can maintain our sense of humor through all the madness! This is what sparks my passion.
I am inspired, too, by injustice and lack of empathy.
My book, Shattering Truths, is about one young woman’s path to healing from trauma. The inspiration comes from what I’d witnessed in life. I’ve come to believe that until we fully heal, we remain in bondage to something or another and prone to all kinds of obsession. I’ve seen this happen repeatedly. I’ve seen, too, that even though disentangling from all that is a painful process, it is where the path to healing begins. I want readers to go along for the ride with my characters, witnessing all the highs and lows of their incredible journeys.
In Shattering Truths, I wrote about allegations of rape. I wanted to address the assumptions—the “one size fits all” solutions, the one size process of healing, things that others decide for us, like how we should feel, behave and react.
She shouldn’t have been there. She shouldn’t have worn that. She should have taken a course in self-defense. It wasn’t brutal. Drugging someone isn’t rape. Why didn’t she go to the police? Why didn’t this person get counseling immediately?
Someone might bring up a person’s consensual behavior and expect it to apply in non-consensual situations.
This issue—and a few others— will never fail to inspire the warrior in me.
On a lighter note, I want to entertain. It may not seem that way after the first several paragraphs I wrote here, but I do! Like so many writers I know, I saw The Wizard of Oz as a little girl and said, “That. I want to do that. I want to write things that take people to another time and place and entertain them thoroughly.”
The rape story in Shattering Truths is certainly not entertainment—or anything to take lightly. It is, however, a multi-themed book, just as life is a multi-themed experience with plenty of humor and, for some of us, an abundance of dark suspense.
If I have the time after all the Deadly Veils books, I hope to do a fantasy series about a parallel universe. Many of us seem to benefit from a much-needed escape from reality. It is a treasure to me when someone can take me somewhere I want to live for a while—a place I will hate leaving in the end. And, yes, I am grateful to the authors who can do that. They inspire me as well.

At the end of the day, I’m just happy to have a medium where I can connect with others on a large scale because I’m too much of an introvert and tend to hide a lot.

Shattering Truths
Kyrian Lyndon

(Deadly Veils, #1)
Publication date: January 30th 2017
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

She was left fighting her demons alone . . .
For sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso, the old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Coping with mental health challenges exacerbated by a traumatic family dynamic, Danielle watches from the window for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls. The two predators drugged her and her cousin, Angie, and then lured them from Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport to a secluded cottage on Long Beach West. She remembers feeling dizzy, the room spinning. She recalls screaming, crying, fighting, and then slipping in and out of consciousness. Angie, however, has no recollection of the incident.
When Danielle attempts to jog Angie’s memory and convince their best friend, Farran, that the two strangers had victimized them, no one seems to believe her. Alone in her pain, Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn. Soon she is sinking deeper into a tumultuous world of adolescent isolation and change. Grief, guilt, and anger send her spiraling into an even darker place.
Tormented by terrifying nightmares, she fears she will lose her sanity, or possibly her soul. Is she having post-traumatic stress hallucinations, as one of her friends suggest, or are her recurring nightmares as real as they seem? Trapped in an unyielding emotional bondage, Danielle continues the fight to reclaim her power. Startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naïve girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.

Author Bio:
Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.
Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.