KB: name is Kalynn Bayron and I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with my husband and our 4 kids. I grew up in Anchorage Alaska. I’ve always been a creative person. In addition to writing, I love music. I’m a classically trained Soprano, and my favorite opera is Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor. I studied ballet for many years and was a student at the Oregon Ballet Theatre when I was younger. Six Points of Light:Hook’s Origin is my debut novel and is represented by Booktrope.
BBB: What inspired your book, Six Points of Light:Hook’s Origin?
KB: I love origin stories. I love understanding where fairy tale characters come from. I’m a huge fan of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, which is what sparked the idea for Six Points of Light. When I saw Once Upon a time, the television show, I knew I had to write the story of a character that I’ve always been curious about. They had their version of Captain Hook, but I wanted to go back to the very beginning of Captain’s Hook’s life. And I wanted to tell the story from his point of view with Peter Pan as a supporting character.
So many “fairy tales” have ominous undertones and I have always been fascinated by that. I like stories that don’t go the way you thought they would. This is not the story of how James Cook becomes the Captain Hook we all know. It is the tale behind that flawed myth.
KB: My main character is James Cook. He is fifteen when we first meet him and a permanent resident of St. Catherine’s orphanage. He is highly intelligent, soft spoken, and loyal to a fault. He is also quite sickly and so no one has taken the opportunity to adopt him. He is torn between his loyalty to Sister Maddie, his caretaker who loves him like a mother, and a young boy that he has taken under his wing…Peter. Over time James blossoms into a strong young man with a love of books and sailing. He faces many challenges that test his loyalties and his sanity. He is thrust into a world he didn’t even believe existed and is deeply affected by a crushing betrayal on Peter’s part. James struggles with his feelings of anger and resentment while trying to find a way to make a life for himself. Let’s just say that things don’t turn out the way he expects. In my story, the captain is not the villain we have him pegged to be. He is a complicated character with a slew of emotions that drive his actions. He is a human being who goes through so much in his young life that he cannot help but be changed by it.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
KB: I just finished the second book in the Six Points of Light series. It has taken me the better part of a year to finish the first draft and now I’m working on some revisions before I send it up to my editor. I’m also working on building my network of readers, fellow authors, and friends in the publishing world.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
KB: I have a website www.kalynnbayron.com where you can follow my blog and get all the latest news and updates. I have a dedicated Facebook author page at www.facebook.com/kalynnbayron. I’m on Twitter @KalynnBayron and I’m on Goodreads too!