Title: Shattering Truths
Author: Kyrian Lyndon
Series: Deadly Veils #1
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense
Release Date: January 30, 2017
She was left fighting her demons alone . . .
For sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso, the old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Coping with mental health challenges exacerbated by a traumatic family dynamic, Danielle watches from the window for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls. The two predators drugged her and her cousin, Angie, and then lured them from Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport to a secluded cottage on Long Beach West. She remembers feeling dizzy, the room spinning. She recalls screaming, crying, fighting, and then slipping in and out of consciousness. Angie, however, has no recollection of the incident.
When Danielle attempts to jog Angie’s memory and convince their best friend, Farran, that the two strangers had victimized them, no one seems to believe her. Alone in her pain, Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn. Soon she is sinking deeper into a tumultuous world of adolescent isolation and change. Grief, guilt, and anger send her spiraling into an even darker place.
Tormented by terrifying nightmares, she fears she will lose her sanity, or possibly her soul. Is she having post-traumatic stress hallucinations, as one of her friends suggest, or are her recurring nightmares as real as they seem? Trapped in an unyielding emotional bondage, Danielle continues the fight to reclaim her power. Startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naïve girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.
My genre is literary fiction, though I like to spice it up with plenty of dark suspense. I have always loved literary fiction because it is character-based. I’m fascinated with the human psyche and deeply moved by our struggles in life. For me to enjoy any book or film, I have to care about the characters. I have to care what happens to them.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I love to plan. I love the process of developing the characters, figuring out the backstories, working out all the little details. The actual writing part is hard and can even be torture at times, but it’s also challenging, and I love that. I do like editing. What I hate is proofreading. I’ll read it several times and then have someone else read it, and then I may read it again. It’s so easy to miss something especially when your brain never stops. I sometimes wish there was a little off button on the side of my head.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I’ve always liked literary fiction, especially 19th century works and mostly by British authors, but I really like fantasy, too.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
I’d love to work with J.K. Rowling on a fantasy series. I just love her and everything she stands for, but I am sure she prefers to work alone.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I have wanted to write since the age of eight. I started with fairytales then continued on to poetry and finally novels when I was sixteen. Writing has always been a part of my life and part of me.
Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.
Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.