BIO: The short version
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are available (or have been contracted for release) in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, Russia, and Germany. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire. To find out more, please visit her at www.kalayna.com
Bio: The Long version
Kalayna Price has always been an avid reader and dreamer. At ten she raided her father's fantasy fiction bookcase and her already active imagination went into hyperdrive. Her first love was for the epic adventures and mythical races and creatures of high fantasy, but she has always been drawn to things that go bump in the night. It is that darker side of fantasy where she currently devotes her words.
Kalayna is the USA Today Bestselling author of two dark urban fantasy series: the novels of Haven and the Alex Craft novels, both of which have been translated into several languages and are available all over the world.
The Haven Novels, consisting of ONCE BITTEN (January 2009), TWICE DEAD (February 2010), and THIRD BLOOD (August 2012), follow the story of Kita Nekai, a kitten shapeshifter on the run from her clan and responsibilities, who is turned into a vampire and entangled in the supernatural underworld. The Alex Craft novels consist thus far of GRAVE WITCH (October 2010), GRAVE DANCE (July 2011), and GRAVE MEMORY (July 2012). The novels follow series title character, Alex Craft, who is a broke magic-eye for hire who speaks to the dead. In the first book, Grave Witch, a case with a sexy reaper, a dark cop, and a ghost-silencing killer has more than Alex's rent on the line—it may cost her soul.
Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her readings of classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery.
When not writing, she can be found reading for both pleasure and research, locked in her studio with a paintbrush, out in nature with her camera, or just about anywhere with a hula-hoop. Yeah, you read that correctly. Kalayna thinks hoop dance is about the most entertaining form of exercise on the planet, and has been known to hoop with fire.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the origin of your name? How do you pronounce it?
Kalayna (pronounced Kuh-LAY-nuh) has no particular origin, to my knowledge. Over the years, people have told me about many similar names/words in other languages. My favorite is a Russian berry which has to freeze before it is sweet enough to eat.
Where do you get your ideas?
This is the question I get the most, and unfortunately, it is the hardest to answer. I've blogged on ideas several times over the years. You can check those posts out HERE, HERE, and HERE.
I'm a reviewer and I'd love to review your latest book on my blog/newspaper/etc. Can you send me an ARC?
Thank you! I'm so glad you are interested enough in my books to want spend time reading and reviewing them. Unfortunately, if I receive ARCs (advance reader/review copies) they tend to arrive well after the date my publishers send them to reviewers and I receive far fewer than the number of requests I receive from people wanting to review them. My suggestion is to contact my publisher directly.
The publisher for my Alex Craft Novels is Ace/Roc and you can find information about requesting review copies HERE.
The publisher for my Haven novels is Bell Bridge Books and you can find information about requesting review copies HERE.
How many books will be in the Haven Series?
Currently I have a plan for a total of six books following Kita's story.
When will book three in the Novels of Haven, Third Blood, be released?
THRID BLOOD's release was pushed back, but we are now on schedule and the book will be released August 2012.
How many books are planned for the Alex Craft Series?
Currently Roc has me contracted for three books (Grave Witch, Grave Dance, and Grave Memory) but I have a lot more story to tell, so I hope they will extend the contract and there will be many more books to come.
Did/do you design your own covers?
Nope! The very talented ladies over at Bell Bridge Books designed the covers for my Haven Series, and I have been absolutely thrilled with their work. The gorgeous art for GRAVE WITCH and GRAVE DANCE was created by the amazing illustrator Aleta Rafton. You can find more of her work HERE.
I saw the Haven Series reviewed on a YA blog. Is it a YA series?
The Haven Series is an adult urban fantasy. That said, I was only 23 when I wrote the first book, ONCE BITTEN, and Kita is a rather young character, so it is not surprising that there is crossover to the YA market. I'm thrilled that it appeals to younger readers, but as a disclaimer, I would like to reiterate that I am writing for an adult audience and the books do get darker and sexier as the series progresses.
Do you really hoop dance with fire?
I do. You can check out my very first 'burn' HERE.
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