Author Interview with K. Baldwin and Lyra Ricci
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
My next author interview is with my very special Twitter friends, K. Baldwin and Lyra Ricci. This mysterious and extremely anonymous duo joined forces to collaborate on writing the haunting novel, Your Side of Midnight.
Let's see what we can learn about this unique pair and get started!
1. Why do you write?
K: I have so much imagination that if I don’t let it out, gives it a place to go, then it’ll eventually drive me mad.
L: For me, it’s kind of an outlet against the world. Sometimes you know, the way I see things aren’t the way other people see things, and I want them to see the way I see things. I kind of want people trapped in my world sometimes. My world isn’t pretty and sometimes I want people to see the ugly things I see, and the pretty things I see. Sometimes there is beauty in a lot of things people don’t look at.
2. What’s an interesting fact about you?
K: I was supposed to be left handed, but you know how it is in school, when the teacher tells you to pick up a pencil with your right hand, well, you do. Now, today, I type so much that when I go to write, I find that either hand is okay. And I do most of my mechanical work with my left. It’s weird.
3. Do you have any other artistic talents beyond writing?
K: I used to be able to draw. I can crochet.
L: Lying! *Laughs* Uh, making up shit! I’d probably say no. I can’t draw a stick figure without it having elephantiasis.
4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
K: I think it exhausts me. It’s like giving birth. Mental birth.
L: Both. Sometimes it’s like getting a runners high when a good idea comes to me.
5. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
K: A big ego destroys. Absolutely destroys, no matter what you do in life. Keep it humble! I think a lot of people confused confidence with ego.
L: I say it hurts.
6. What is your writing Kryptonite?
K: Online games.
L: I’d say my depression and anxiety. Not to use it as a crutch, but seriously, when I hit a bad downtime, it gets ugly. I can’t even bear to think of the book: I can’t even take care of myself, how am I supposed to take care of the characters?
7. Have you ever gotten writer’s block?
K: I have it now!
8. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
K: Yes. And Lyra actually does! I think we’re going to do some future projects together under one name.
9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
K: I think originality is the key for me.
L: Original! You know what? There’s a lot of crap out there that’s all the same.
10. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
K: Absolutely. I don’t feel emotions strongly myself.
L: I don’t know, Kristen Stewart can be an actress so I say yes. She has no emotions.
11. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
K: Of course, Lyra! My twitter family. Rebecca, Jewel, Ned, just to name a few. I have an amazing twitter family and I love them all dearly!
L: None. (Other than K!) Sad face from Rebecca :(
12. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
K: Nothing slimy.
L: I don’t know, normally my spirit animal is more or less a black cat.
13. How do you select the names of your characters?
K: I let them name themselves. I let them come to life because that’s the only way I can handle them. And then, I can barely handle them because they’ve taken on so much life of their own!
L: I kind of look for just interesting words. You know, sometimes you just hear interesting things on a reality show or somewhere and you just think “That’s pretty cool!”
14. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
K: Fighting with this horrible attention span, really.
L: Yeah, I’d agree with that.
15. Does your family support your career as a writer?
L: Yes. The ones that know about it. Even though my mom is a little disturbed by some of the things she reads of mine.
16. Tell us about your new book (s) Genre?
K: Your Side of Midnight is a more paranormal story. It’s really hard to place it because the ghosts are the main characters, too. It really focuses on the ghosts, and it’s not really a horror story, but a lot of people when you go to query have paranormal listed, and then, most of the time they want a paranormal romance. Midnight is hard to place. We have a new WIP, however, that will be a very steamy romance. That’s the one going under a single name.
17. Who’s your favorite character?
K: My favorite character is Billy Holmes (From Your Side of Midnight). He’s a stinker, living or dead.
L: I don’t know. It’s kind of hard. Nigel (from Ink. Blood. Fire.) is one of my favorites. It’s like picking out your favorite kid.
18. Why should we read it?
K: I don’t know how to answer that. If this is something you’re interested in, please, give it a read. People who have stated that they couldn’t put it down. I’m not saying everyone who reads it will feel the same way, but give us a shot.
Give me your best elevator pitch.
K: With or without heavy breathing?
L: *Farting noise* You did it!
19. What’s your idea of success about this book:
K: That it’ll be so well received it’ll end up in the right hands and end up in theaters.
L: Yeah, that people love it and the characters as much as we do.
20. Where can we find your book?
K: Amazon Links. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NF0MCR6 ß-- Look! It even has BOO in the url! How cool is that?
21. If someone wrote a book about your life what would it be called?
K: “Her life was so boring I died writing this.”
L: “This is going to make the worst reality show ever.”
Who would play you?
K: A can of beans.
L: They’d have to probably animate me.
22. Epitaph on your grave.
K: Don’t turn around.
L: Wait! Hold on! I saw this on a cartoon once! Let me see if I can do this!
I hope you enjoyed this interview with K and Lyra. If you're on Twitter, don't forget to say hi. And don't forget to check out their book, Your Side of Midnight!