Kyro put off creative writing until her adult years, believing she wasn't creative enough to make worlds on her own. Her works live in the shadows of ghost-publishing and have received high-praise and glowing reviews. She also has a steampunk romance, "The Baron's Ghost," available on Kindle Vella, Amazon's new reading platform.
Other than writing, Kyro loves to play the piano, bake, and kickbox. Her shelves are covered in equal parts books and plants, as well as a few books about plants. She loves to laugh, loves easy-laughers, and will talk to anybody about anything.
Kyro dreaded the idea of writing romance for the longest time, in denial that she already had romantic elements in her early works. When the co-writing opportunity with Laya presented itself, she dipped her toe in the full romance puddle, and has stomped around in the genre with her rain boots ever since. With over 25 books written on her very worn keyboard, she has written in most genres, including YA, science fiction, Middle-Grade, graphic novels, fantasy, alternate history (steampunk), and poetry. She also runs the Vanilla Grass Writing Resource blog to help writers improve their craft. You can check out her musings on Twitter and Instagram at @Kyro_Dean.
Laya’s debut novel “The Lumbermill” won the 2021 Maxy Award for Best Thriller and was a finalist for 2021 IAN Award for Best Debut Novel. She is a member of ITW and AWP and has been featured on national news outlets, including Fox, NBC and The Daily Herald.
With a degree in history from the University of Utah, Laya’s creative work has always been rooted in the mysteries of the past. She loves connecting with and experiencing other cultures, both past and present, and for her the writing journey always begins with extensive research. Laya loves to travel and has lived in both Tijuana, Mexico and Istanbul, Turkey, though her home will always be Utah’s Rocky Mountains.
To date she has completed some thirty five novels, several plays and screenplays, and too many short stories to remember. She writes in the genres of fantasy, romance, thriller, horror, and speculative fiction. Other than reading, writing, and learning about the past, she enjoys stand-up comedy, terrible movies, ugly dogs, red wine, stinky cheese, travel, and simply spending time with her friends and family.
For more info on Laya’s independent work, please visit LayaVSmith.com
Both Laya and Kyro have published novels. Laya's thriller, "The Lumbermill," has received several accolades. Kyro's works live in the shadows of ghost-publishing and have received high-praise and glowing reviews.
Janelle Youngstrom graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Creative Writing and is a member of SCBWI. She has been the vice president of the Write Here in Ephraim Writer’s Conference, a workshop speaker, is currently the manager of an online productivity writing group: Janelle's Sherpa Services (JSS), vice president of the Wasatch Chapter of the American Night Writers Association (ANWA), and publicist for 8 Moons Publishing. When she’s not reading or writing picture books or fantasy novels, you’ll find her painting or baking and spending time with her family of seven.
To find out what else Janelle is working on, visit her website: janelleyoungstrom.com or follow her artwork on Instagram or interests on Pinterest: @jyoungstrom.