Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz

Please welcome Kayla Krantz author of Dead by Morning.

Kayla Krantz will be awarding to a randomly drawn winner, via rafflecopter during the tour, one of the following: a paperback copy of Dead by Morning OR a ebook copy of Dead by Morning and a second RRPI ebook.



Dead by Morning

by Kayla Krantz


GENRE: new adult psychological thriller



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?


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. Stephen King has always been a huge influence on the way I think and the way I write.


  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?


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.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?


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. There’s something about the whole good versus evil struggle that really pulls me in.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?


I have plans to write four more books in my Rituals of the Night Series, and on the side, I have ideas for a brand new trilogy called the Witch’s Ambitions.


  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?



If I could be any of the characters, I would be Luna because she’s strong. She rises to the challenges thrown at her, even though she may not be a match for them.


  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?


I would pick Taissa Farmiga for Luna and Evan Peters for Chance. They’re both such wonderful actors, and their back and forth on film is great, that I think they would nail the roles. Evan Peters especially since he has a knack for psychotic roles.


  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I belong to quite a few writer groups on Facebook. Submitting excerpts of my books allows me to gauge potential reader interest. It also helps me work on my writing voice by having fresh eyes point out places that are dull or repetitive.


  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?


I decided to start submitting my work when I was fifteen. I decided to do this because I realized just how deep my love for writing really is. Being a published author was my dream my years because I wanted to make a living off the one thing I truly love to do.


  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)



The best advice I’ve received is to write my story as if no one will ever read it. Without being inhibited by fear of what others will think, my writing is allowed to flourish and breathe in a way that wouldn’t happen otherwise.


I haven’t gotten any bad writing advice, as for publishing, the worst advice I got was to write a book I think the public will want to read rather than to write what I want.


  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?


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.


  1. Do you have an all-time 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.


  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

My next project is a fantasy about witches entitled The Council. In this story, Lilith Lace is a crippled witch from Ignis Coven, the witches of fire. In the Land of Five, she struggles to find out her true identity as a new threat emerges to the land—The Elementals. The only problem, she can’t decide if she must stand against them or with them.


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.


The interesting thing to me about it is I never meant to write a series. Dead by Morning was originally meant to be a stand-alone novel, but after I finished the book, my characters continued to talk to me, and I got the idea for book two, Alive at Sunset which is to be released next year. Honestly, I hoped the series would end there, but once again I had ideas that led to book three, Survive at Midnight, then four, Live at Sunrise. Again, I thought it would end there, but now I have ideas for books five through nine.




  1. Anything else you might want to add?


My advice to aspiring authors out there would be to 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.





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 Bio and Links:


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.”






Kayla Krantz will be awarding to a randomly drawn winner, via rafflecopter during the tour, one of the following: a paperback copy of Dead by Morning OR a ebook copy of Dead by Morning and a second RRPI ebook.



2 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz

  1. achristay
    August 10, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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