August 22, 2018

Welcome


We're all readers here, right?

Thank you for visiting the website for authors, Kai Strand and LA Dragoni. Feel free to browse their book pages and read the blog. If you can't find the answer to your question, hop on over to the contact page and drop them an email. 

Award winning author, KAI STRAND, is often found exploring hiking trails and snapping pictures of waterfalls in her Oregon hometown. Wife and mother of four, Kai uses her life experiences to connect with young readers. Kai has given numerous presentations throughout Oregon about her work and the writing process. She loves interacting with teens and gaining their insight on their latest reads as well as what they would like to see in future stories.



When a number of story ideas, intended for the grown ups among us, wouldn’t stop needling her, a new pen name was born. Under the name LA DRAGONI, she writes about love and all of its complications, joys, and triumphs. She haunts ghost towns and old cemeteries and calls it research.

Kai/LA does classroom visits in person and via Skype as well as teaches classes and workshops. Contact her directly if you are interested in booking her.

Crazy Amazon

I have no idea why Amazon does this, but who am I to question the great marketing machine?

They've marked the print version of I AM ME down significantly! It's less than the Kindle version. If you have Prime with free shipping, you won't even have to pay shipping! Hey, the holidays are coming. Surely you know a teen or two. Teachers need books for their classrooms. Librarians always need new material. There a plenty of adults who read young adult....at this price, stock up!!!


I haven't checked my other titles, that one just caught my eye and I had to pass it along. Everybody loves a deal. 

Happy reading!

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August 1, 2018

My New Book Store


I'm excited to announce that I have a new online store for readers to order signed books. And it is right here on my website! Finally.

Often, I consider myself technical enough to get in trouble. I've been searching or a retail app I could add to my website for awhile and there was always something I didn't like about them. Usually cost. Sometimes they were complicated. But I've found what seems to be a no/low cost option that was really simple to add. Plus it offers the opportunity for growth when I become a bestseller. (Insert big grin here.)

Now I just need someone to order a book so I can make sure the whole process works. Ha ha.

Check out my very cool site on the Shop for Books tab -->

ALL of my books (ebooks, print, audio) are listed with descriptions on the Books by Kai Strand or Books by LA Dragoni tabs. If I have print copies in stock, the book will be available on the Shop for Books tab. If you can't find a version you're looking for or want an individual book that is only offered as part of a series (for example, at the time of this post, an individual title from the Weaver Tales series, or a hardcover of any/all of them) drop me an email and ask if I have it.

The benefits of ordering direct from me include, a signed book, a bookmark or two, and any other book related swag I have on hand that will fit in the package. All packages will be sent first class US Mail. You will receive shipping confirmation and a tracking number when the package has been sent.

You may have noticed the new look of my website. Interestingly enough the online store wouldn't display in Blogger's static option. Not the end of the world. I wasn't married to the look anyway. Thought I'd explain the change though. Does it throw you off at all when you go to a site expecting one thing and finding a completely new look? And more importantly, any plans to order signed books for yourself, family, or friends?

Thanks for all of your support. I love readers!

June 27, 2018

My MFA Education


I recently attended a local writing festival hosted by the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades. We don’t get a lot of writing related events in Central Oregon, so I was super excited to see this one pop up. The first session was held at our local library. It featured readings from MFA staff as well as a graduate of the program who has gone on to be published. It was interesting in that most of the readers read unpublished work, stuff they are working on, instead of from a published book they could be promoting. Even the graduate read some fresh work along with something from her brand new book. Then they held a panel and we got to ask questions about stuff like inspiration and intent and other deep things.

Then we scurried across town to the OSU-Cascades campus for the second class. This was the class I was most interested in. It was about adding empathy to your writing. I’m a pretty no-nonsense person. I feel each person is responsible for themselves, their decisions, the consequences, their actions and reactions. It isn’t quite so hard and fast as all that, but it’s an over-arcing belief system I follow that doesn’t breed empathy. So I was all sorts of excited to learn how to create more caring characters, tell a more compasionate story.

And then we were given an assignment. Choose from several pictures our instructor shared and write about it. Collaborate among our tablemates to develop a story or choose a story from those written. My table consisted of three of the MFA students, a professor from the program, a writer friend of mine and myself. The picture we chose was a crowd scene. The focus was of a young girl holding a protest sign, which read something like, ONE CHILD IS TOO MANY. She was looking off camera, in the opposite direction from the crowd, behind her, and she had a concerned look on her face. A police officer stood in front of her, with his back to the camera, his arms held out as if to corral the crowd. He too, glanced over his shoulder in the same direction as the girl.

Each of us took five minutes or so to write something about the picture. My writer friend tried but just couldn’t relate to that photo, so being a rebel, wrote about a different picture altogether. The professor and I both chose to write about the same guy in the crowd. The man stood out because of his height and his hat, so it wasn’t too surprising we both focused on him. Our stories weren’t all that different either. In the end, we ended up allowing one of the MFA students to read his story because he focused on the cop and his story was filled with empathyßremember, the assignment.

I guess it’s no surprise that given five minutes to write flash fiction, I resorted to type and forgot the assignment. Oh well. Hopefully, I learned enough to add it to my writing in more relaxed circumstances. However, I thought I’d share my flash fiction with you for the fun of it.


I don’t know what I was thinking wearing this orange hat. In the woods it acts as my safety net, so no hunter will accidentally mistake my tall ass for an elk. Here, it feels like a target for the protestors. They’re across the way, pushing, pushing against the line of police. Their line shoulder to shoulder against the anger. And here I stand with my single police guard and my bright orange hat, a head taller than anyone else, saying, “Please, use your right to bare ams on me.”

Have you ever done a flash fiction exercise like this? It’s a great exercise to develop your writing chops. Now I want to organize a FF contest. Who's in?