‘Kayla Krantz’

rittToday, I’d like to welcome Kayla Krantz, author of “Dead by Morning” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Proud author of Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but travelled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.


No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
I would definitely break the law to save a loved one because family and friends should come before anything. This question reminds me of the classic “Would you steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?” And I think that if it’s to save a person you love, then it’s a noble cause.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Being alive means simply to survive from day to day doing what’s necessary to live rather than enjoying your life. For example, going to work, going home, and going to sleep each and every day is a great way to be alive, but it’s not a way to live. When you’re truly living, you’re enjoying your life and living it to the fullest.

No.3 What motivates you to write?
A number of factors motivate me to write. The biggest influence is the music I listen to though sometimes, I’ll see a picture or scene and it will inspire an idea. Sometimes book ideas come to me in the form of an entire plot and other times it’ll be just a simple line of dialogue.

No.4 Why do humans want children?
I think humans want children to pass a piece of themselves to the next generation. In having children, a person’s name lives on which means their legacy does as well. People see having children as a way of maintaining immortality because kids will continue their lives in the world when their parents pass on.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book ‘Dead by Morning’ ?
The biggest challenge in writing Dead by Morning was writing a villain capable of doing horrible things who the readers would also sympathize with. I wanted them to understand his train of thought while at the same time walking them through his horrible deeds, and it was hard to find a balance between the two that worked.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
You can’t please everyone. This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a writer, but it works for many other aspects of life. You have to do what makes you happy and not focus so much on pleasing everyone around you because you’ll only end up miserable if you try.

No.7 How did you come up with the title ‘Dead by Morning’ ?
I bounced around titles when my book was in the early stages. It seemed impossible to find something that fit the tone I had in mind. Funny enough, I was watching an episode of Family Guy, and Brian said, “We’ll all be dead by morning!” And I thought to myself, “That’s perfect!”

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
Personal criticism is hard, but I always try to take a deep breath and think about what I’ve been told. Sometimes, people give overcritical advice that really isn’t necessary. When assessing negative feedback, always consider the source and what is being asked of you. Sometimes, there are ridiculous requests and learning how to sort these from the more reasonable ones is definitely key to keeping your sanity, regardless of the profession you’re in!

No.9 Why should people read your book?
I think my book is an interesting mix of a variety of genres: contemporary, horror, paranormal, suspense, psychological, and weirdly enough, some people have even said it’s romance. In this book, and the rest of the series, I like to try to get the idea across that no one’s perfect and that everyone has something unique about them.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
I believe that the world exists because of a beautiful mix of religion and science to create everything we know. God is the “why” that everything exists but evolution is the “how.”


Thank you Kayla 🙂
For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book!



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.



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