Monday, August 8, 2016

VBT + #Giveaway: Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz @Kaylathewriter9 @GoddessFish

Dead by Morning
by Kayla Krantz
GENRE:  new adult psychological thriller


Obsession is deadly. No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. She wishes more than anything to graduate but things don’t always go as planned. Luna quickly finds herself trapped in a web of lies and murders, spun by the least suspected person in her hometown. It’s not long before she realizes she’s being targeted by the person she despises most in the world. When Luna figures out who is behind the killings, things make a turn for the bizarre when she is contacted by a friend she has not heard from in years. It is then Luna realizes she is very much in danger, but although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.


There had to be something in the house that would better explain him. If there was,

she would find it. She walked over to the beginning of the hall and set her hand against

the wall. Once she reached the bathroom, she peeked over her shoulder to make sure

Chance wasn’t paying attention. After a brief pause, she continued down the hallway.

All the doors along it were closed.

When she reached the end of the hallway, she turned to walk back toward the living

room, checking the doors as she did so. They were all locked, until she pushed on one 

of them, and it swung open quietly on its hinges. Luna opened the door the rest of the

way and stepped inside the room. Like the living room, candles lit the small space. Her

eyes focused on two blood-red candles which sat in golden candle holders on the

floor. At the base of the holders sat random bones which she guessed had belonged to

the animals Chance had hunted.

The candles were lit—wax ran down them to drip onto the gold, looking like blood.

The two candles illuminated the wall above them, and Luna stared at it in horror; a

five- pointed star had been drawn on the wall in bright red.

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write Dead by Morning?

A number of factors inspired me to write Dead by Morning. As ironic as this sounds, the idea came to me in a dream. The villain of my book, Chance, is actually based on a character I see in a reoccurring dream of mine. Besides that, the rest of the idea came from a mixture of my favorite movie, Heathers, and lots of music.

2. When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I never chose to be a writer; I think it chose me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always written something down. I wrote my first short story when I was four years old, and I’d write pieces all throughout elementary school that my principal always wanted to read. As I got older, my stories just got more elaborate. I think it was around middle school that I realized just how much joy it brought me.

3. What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I think the earliest I can remember reading is before I started kindergarten.

4. What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I love to read horror, psychological horror in particular. I like to read stories that show the villain in a way that readers understand what drives them, why they are like they are, and can almost sympathize with them.

5. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book would have to be The Dark Half by Stephen King. I love the whole psychological aspect of the good versus evil battle inside the main character.

6. You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Stephen King, hands down. For as long as I can remember, he’s been my favorite author. His books were what I read as a kid when all the others read fairytales. I’ve always loved horror, and he’s been the biggest inspiration for my work.

7. If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

I would go back to the ‘80’s. It was such a simpler time in America, and everything just seemed more fun! The hairdos especially. I have a particular soft spot for 80’s music and movies. I sometimes feel as if I were born in the wrong generation.

8. When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

It’s usually very easy. Usually I write an outline, but it almost always gets abandoned because my characters have a habit of wandering free from my ideas and displaying traits I never would’ve imagined at the start of a project.

9. Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I don’t currently have any pets, but I’ve always been a huge animal lover. Cats especially. Growing up in a kitty home gave me a soft spot for any and all felines.

10. What is your "to die for," favorite food/foods to eat?

I like a variety of foods, but I think pizza and pop is my favorite.

11. Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Never give up! It’s a hard business, and on most days you’ll want to bury your head in your pillows and stay there, but there is light at the end of the tunnel if you have the determination and willingness to put in the effort it takes to get there.


22-year-old Kayla Krantz was raised in Michigan but moved to Texas and has experienced the best and worst of both. Since a young age she has be spinning tales.  Kayla has interests in the dark and macabre. She enjoys '80's music and movies.  When she has the chance, she loves to read books by Stephen King who inspired her to write. She was always interested in horror as they held a certain realism that fairytales lacked. While writing, she found herself drifting more toward Thriller which surprised her. Kayla describes the day she discovered that she would become a published author like so: “It's hard to describe. I spent so many years climbing toward my goal, and when it finally happened, it was like all the burdens of stress and agony and uncertainty were just gone. I felt light, like I could run for the rest of my life off of the energy it gave me.”


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