Guest author, Tylor Kranyak

My second guest author is fairly new to the scene and already has his first book out, one of my favourite creatures is the dragon and Tylor Kranyak has found a unique way to include them in a new story line.

Author-PhotoHello, my name is Tylor Kranyak. I went through an interesting and intricate path that led me to become the writer I am today, though I’ll try to keep it short for this guest author post. If you’d like to read it more in detail you can check out my website listed at the bottom.

The earliest point in time I can remember that’s related to my discovery and love for writing was, oddly enough, a drawing I made during my early years of high school. It was a drawing of a sky-blue sword which I called the Tenjin. For whatever reason I became enamored with this sword, drawing different variations of it over time. At some point I started writing fun little stories that revolved around it. From this point on I discovered a love for writing that even to this day still baffles my parents (English was the class I hated the most in school). In my head I reserved myself to the fact that not much would come of this new-found hobby of mine, that is until I found a book in my mom’s personal library titled Eragon. This book was my sort of introduction into the written world of fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I decided to learn more about the author, Christopher Paolini, I was surprised when I discovered he was around the same age as me. Upon this discovery I was inspired to take my writing a little more seriously. I thought, if this kid could get his book published at such a young age, maybe I can, too! For a while I continued my writing, creating several different iterations of the book I wanted to get published someday, though when it came time for college I put it away in favour of gaining education in the field of video game design. For a few years I lost interest in my writing as I tried to focus on my school work and my imminent future, but on the last year of college I started thinking up little stories in my head as I used to do as a kid, and suddenly the floodgates were thrust open once again. I rediscovered my love for writing and found inspiration for what would become my first published book. After a year and a half of writing, and another year of wading through the publishing process, I finally fulfilled my childhood dream of publishing a book. Of course, that was just the first step. As my new career as a writer begins, I find myself staring at a long road ahead of me. I have many stories I want to tell, and while one journey of my life has ended it has opened the door for a new one to begin. And none of this would have happened, if not for a drawing I made in high school of a sky-blue sword…

Legacy of Krazatan – Book I: A Hero’s Birth

Kranyak-Cover-WebKai Un’kari is a young man from a backwater fishing village. All his life he has dreamed of travelling the world like his late father. In an unfortunate turn of events, he gets his wish when war breaks out between Horagothien and Austranvia, forcing him to leave his home. Upon meeting a man named Lukan, Kai finds out that he is destined to become a great warrior and the next wielder of the holy sword, Tenjin. He sets out on a journey to find the Tenjin so he can use it to bring peace to all the warring nations of Pangaea, and in turn prevent the second coming of Krazatan, the Chaos Dragon.

Will he succeed in his quest to find the holy sword, or will he fall victim to the vast dangers of the wilds that have claimed the lives of thousands before him?

The main concept behind this story is to explore a fantasy setting where the main source of wildlife consists of giant reptilian creatures that resemble our idea of dinosaurs. I’d go into more detail, but if I did this post would be several pages long. Instead, I’ll leave you with a link to my own website where I have posted a few things regarding the elements in my book for those of you who are interested.

Tylor’s website http://tylorkranyak.com/

The book, Legacy of Krazatan – Book I: A Hero’s Birth,  is available on Amazon.com, Here

You can also find him on Facebook Here

3 Responses

  1. Jean Reinhardt September 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm | | Reply

    Brilliant post, Peter and Tylor. Such an amazing book about an epic journey, I love the mix of Dragon and Dinosaur, too. Well done, Tylor.

  2. Anita Wilks September 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm | | Reply

    I just love dragons :-)

  3. Patty Kranyak September 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm | | Reply

    I’m Tylor’s mom. I was shocked and amazed the first time I realized Ty was writing. It was the summer after grade 10 and we were going through his school books, cleaning up the clutter and getting ready for a new year. I found this 2″ stack of binder paper covered front and back with very small print. I asked Ty what it was and he said,” Oh that’s just an idea I am working on for a video game” I took it and started reading. Half way through I told him, you have to write this as a book….. It’s amazing. Now I know what you are thinking, oh yeah you think that cause he’s your son. Not true. I am an avid reader. I read between 4 and 7 books a week. One of my favourite genres is Fantasy. I am a picky reader. If a book does not grab me within the first few chapters I stop and move on to another book. It took some convincing but after Ty read the Eragon series I had him convinced. He has rewritten this book and refined it 5 times. I didn’t start reading it again until his final draft. He gave me the first 6 chapters and asked me to proof read it. The story had morfed and changed allot from the first draft. I started and I couldn’t stop… I read the first 6 chapters right away. I then drove him crazy bugging for when he would have the next chapters ready. Let me tell you… It is very frustrating to find a good book and have to wait days to weeks between chapters. A few other family members help with proof reading and they loved it to. So if you love Fantasy novels give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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