Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. She combines those two loves by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she loves to read, tales of magical worlds where complicated, honorable heroes and strong, smart heroines work together to save their world - or their own small corner of it - and each other.
What matters in Kyra's books?
*Wonder and adventure in magical worlds where the impossible is possible
*Breathtaking romance based not just on physical attraction, but on respect, friendship, and shared goals, values, hopes, and dreams
*The power of love to give us courage in hard times, help us grow, and even redeem us
*Our shared humanity regardless of appearance, abilities, or circumstances of birth
*Honor and nobility of character, standing up and doing the right thing no matter how hard it is
*Compassion, charity, and forgiveness
*Hope shining brightly even in the darkest of times
*Searching for home
*The incomparable worth of faith, family, and freedom
*The value of the individual and the difference one person can make
“The way I see it, a life with nothing in it worth dying for ain’t a life that’s worth living.” - Mages’ Uprising
Kyra loves romantic fantasy because love is a powerful motivation, and showing characters in love, in a developing or even a committed relationship, shows sides of them that otherwise might not come through in the struggle to save the world or whatever the fantasy story is about. Showing the loving and romantic side makes the characters more well-rounded and more sympathetic, and raises the stakes in the story. Saving the world is one thing; saving it for the people you love - spouse, lover, children, family members, friends, makes it a lot more personal.
Kyra also enjoys exploring how the development of the relationship and the fantasy quest or task or whatever the characters are doing affect each other - in her novels, the two are closely intertwined, and also how the couple deals with the challenges they face together. It's also interesting to see the couple work together to achieve their goals - even if, or especially if, they have different ideas about how to go about it!
Oh, and, wizards in love. What's not to love about wizards in love?
For Kyra, the two greatest joys of writing are bringing these characters who live in her head to life and telling their stories, and when a reader writes to her and tells her how much they enjoyed her story. If she can touch someone's life with her books, whether it's by giving them a few hours of relaxation and enjoyment or helping them through a difficult time, that's an incredible feeling.
Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She's a wife, mom and mom-in-law, proud grandma, and devoted cat servant.
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