My Green Space
Hello, world, I'm Kira Seamon and I am a debut author. My book is entitled Dead Cereus and it was inspired by my daily visits to the Wellesley College greenhouses. I became obsessed with the greenhouses during the cold winter months in Boston and daily visits there became the highlight of my days. I thought the way the greenhouses were laid out and overstuffed with plants, that could make a good setting for a mystery novel. Well, once the thought took root, pardon the botanical pun, there was no going back.
I wrote Dead Cereus on a bench in the greenhouses. So you could call this jungle you see here my office! The bench is in the largest room, which became the Tropical Forest Room in my novel. The bench is a highly contested commodity! I usually have to arm wrestle other visitors for a chance at sitting on that bench! I blame this entirely on the overly comfy pillows on the bench-perfect for whiling away the hours in the most pleasant environs.
Dead Cereus has been the darling of editorial reviewers, with nine glowing editorial reviews, and counting! It also knocked the socks off the judges in book contests, earning FIRST PLACE in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in the romance category and the SILVER AWARD from Literary Titan!
You can see here that I took a number of selfies in my "office."
I am standing in the desert room with the golden barrel cactus. The golden barrel cactus is a legit character in the novel! (With that many spines/thorns, it is a scene-stealer!)
I am standing in front of the Durant camellia tree. This beloved tree was cultivated by Henry Durant, the Wellesley College founder, and it also is in my book!
Here I am with my FIRST PLACE award certificate from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
My book is full of my impish humor and you can see that on display as I pretend to "wear a monocle" using a pitcher plant.
I am standing in front of the shell ginger grove in the greenhouses.
Of course, shell ginger became my fictional school's (Shellesby College) official flower!
Kira Kanani Seamon was born and raised in Hawaii. She attended the prestigious Punahou School as an multi- award-winning honor student, winning two foreign language awards. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Leader by the American Council on Exercise. A polymath, Kira is a gold medal/state winner in piano performance and a National and two-time Regional Dance Champion.
She’s an multi-award-winning photographer and has had her art accepted and sold in national and regional juried shows.
She’s had over fifty newspaper cover stories about her art and has been on the arts cover of the Metrowest Daily News, The Enterprise, and the Daily News Transcript.
Her Patriot Ledger arts cover story (voted New England’s best regional paper), was picked up and published online/print in 123 towns, or the entire eastern half of Massachusetts. She celebrated her 24th solo multimedia show recently and her first solo museum exhibit of her work in 2020. She was recently the inaugural artist-in-residence in Natick, Massachusetts. She received a personal letter from the Massachusetts Senate President and a Certificate of Recognition from the Massachusetts State Legislation in recognition of her grant from Framingham, Massachusetts. All of this culminated in her receiving the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, for which she appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2020.
She took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Machu Picchu, Peru with the Punahou Alumni Association and her travel tale about that expedition is published in the 2021 September/October edition of the Writers and Readers’ Magazine. (She also appeared in the Christmas edition of the November/December edition of the Writers and Readers’ magazine with her memoir about growing up in Hawaii and celebrating the Christmas & New Year’s island-style.) Additionally, her Peru photography is the editorial feature in the 2021 fall edition of DRIFT Travel magazine. DRIFT Travel is an upscale travel and lifestyle magazine with each issue being emailed to 4+ million digital magazine readers worldwide.
Additionally, DRIFT is also part of the PressReader magazine/newspaper digital platform that puts DRIFT in thousands of hotels, cruise ships, resorts and airlines around the world, opening the door to an additional 300 million users annually. Her horror short story, A Cereus Curse, is published in Terror Tract’s Hell-o-Ween 2021 anthology. Kira has never met a story from Greek mythology that she didn’t love and has kept a daily journal since her teens. Dead Cereus is her first multi-award-winning novel.