It’s a thrill for any author/writer to have their work published. However, when it’s the first time it carries an even bigger thrill. What makes this experience even more wonderful is that debut writer Kyrian Lyndon has opened up her heart and given us a good number of poems that reflect her feelings about the challenges she’s faced in life. They are rich in description and meaning. She also includes an excerpt from her upcoming novel.
Her book of poetry, A Dark Rose Blooms, is available to buy online.
I was given the honor to write the foreword for A Dark Rose Blooms so I hope you do have a chance to read what I said about this courageous woman and her work. I found her writing to be deep in meaning and it touches on all aspects of life.I conducted an interview with Kyrian and asked her questions about life, poetry, and love. I hope you enjoy it and take a look at her work.
1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
This response is almost cliché these days. It was The Wizard of Oz… plain and simple. I fell in love at the age of five, becoming increasingly aware that we can create magic. We can transport people to another time and place, have them try on a different pair of shoes, and they are more than happy to take this journey, a marvelous escape from the mundane. I wanted to do that for others.
2. Which writers inspire you?
Many writers inspire me, but if I had to name a few, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, and Oscar Wilde come to mind.
3. Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
There was a time I stopped writing and didn’t write for years. I was a single parent, and my child was the number one priority. There was so much going on then that even when the time was right to begin again; I couldn’t. I made a friend, an artist friend, who became one of my greatest teachers in life. In his gentle, compassionate way, he helped me see many things I didn’t want to see, things I needed to see. I learned a lot about myself. As a result, I made it through a very difficult period and completely turned things around. I wanted to be a better person. I still do. I find that conquering my dysfunction as a human gives me more courage and confidence as a writer. I will always be grateful to that man, and he is so humble about it, to this day. He says I did it all myself, but I am achieving my goals today because of what he started. He had a lot to do with saving my career–and my life.
4. If I may ask about a particular poem, I found the poem, Apathetic, particularly interesting. Can you talk about the meaning behind it?
That poem has a few different meanings. It’s about the cycle of abuse—physical, emotional and the need for us to break that cycle. It sounds angry, and it is, but there’s a lot of frustration. I refer to a child. It is about when I was a child. It is about other people’s children. It is about my child because it was up to my generation to break the cycle of narcissistic abuse. I can feel compassion because people often have no idea what is going on, why they do what they do. Sadly, some will never learn.
5. What are you working on at the minute?
I am working on a literary fiction series called ‘Deadly Veils,’ a family saga focused on Danielle DeCorso and her journey to overcome the emotional disabilities of those around her as well as her own. It has elements of a thriller and elements of dark Gothic horror. It may be anywhere from seven to nine books, maybe more.
6. How would you describe your work style?
For the most part, I’m thorough, disciplined, focused. I create weekly schedules that include a work plan for each day. I work every day, sometimes 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. with breaks in between. On days where other commitments keep me away, I will put in anywhere from one to three hours. I have to compensate for the fact that I am easily distracted.
7. As a liberated woman, would you nevertheless prefer to have been born a man?
I love being a woman, but I do sometimes feel it must be awesome to be a man. Being a woman often has devastating consequences. We have to fight oppression and battle for equality. Men are often pressured to live up to absurd, inhuman expectations. At the end of the day, I would rather be a woman but, ideally, both genders need to view one another with compassion.
8. Have you ever found true love? Do you think you can find true love again?
Like everyone, I have always loved as much as I was capable of loving. I couldn’t love myself, so I didn’t know how to love others. Relationships were mostly about ego. I had a blind loyalty to my family. I worshipped them but didn’t truly “see” them. The first pure and unconditional love I felt for another human—that was for my son. I saw him realistically. I was in the process of learning, growing, healing. Today I see no limits on my capacity to love, even romantically. Whatever it is, it would be genuine.
9. What are you most proud of?
I am proud of my triumphs: being a survivor, recovering from afflictions and setbacks, allowing myself to evolve, achieving my goals. I put in the work, and I’ll continue to do that.
10. What makes you laugh?
Everything! Ask my son. Ask my nephew. They say I think everything is funny——and cute.
11. What makes you cry?
Sometimes it is sadness, seeing something happening that is devastating to humanity and to the world. Very often, it is for happiness, validation or something bittersweet that touches something very deep inside of me.
12. Who are your heroes?
Of course, I consider the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for others to be heroes—firefighters, soldiers, etc. I also consider survivors to be heroes, the ones who are not merely survivors, but warriors who fight every obstacle in their paths and advocate for others. My biggest heroes, however, are the people who have enough empathy for themselves and others, so they always want to do better and be better. All these people are heroes.
Kyrian Lyndon 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, Kyrian 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 child of three sisters 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. Kyrian is currently working on a literary fiction series, Deadly Veils, of about nine books, perhaps more. She resides on Long Island in New York.
Kyrian is working on her next novel, Deadly Veils. You can visit her at KyrianLyndon.com.