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Make Believe anthology (part six) : an interview with Kelly Said

The cover:

Pretty right?

The author:

Kelly loves life in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. When she’s not reading, being doted on by Mr. S, or pressed for attention by the wet nose of her beefy bull terrier, she can be found huddled over her little laptop writing whatever catches her fancy — mostly Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories for Young Adults.

Kelly Said will now take your questions …

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for inviting me to appear on your blog, I’m so excited to be here! 😀

Q. Great to have you. Tell us about your story!

PETRIFIED is about how a mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people, but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

The cover for Make Believe was the prompt for each story, so I studied the image very carefully and just let my mind wander to all the possible reasons why a girl would be out in the middle of a snow coated field. I figured she had some deep connection to nature, to be able to withstand the cold wearing only a cape over her bare arms. Then, once I figured out who lived in that “castle” in the background, the rest of the story just unfolded, leaving my fingers to keep up typing with the speed of my thoughts, hehe! 🙂

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

I think Sterling’s greatest strength is his loyalty to friends and family and his biggest flaw is that he probably overthinks things (like me, shh! hehe!)

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for me is getting past the first draft phase, allowing myself to suck for sake of getting the story out, hehe!
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

Whew! I’m not sure about this one, I’ve been asked so many great questions, things I never thought to ponder on before.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on revisions for my 2012 National Novel Writing Month novel, as well as writing a short story with a deadline for submission in March — however, I’d like to get that subbed earlier than the deadline, just so I can find out a “yes or no” sooner rather than later, hehe! 🙂

Q. What is your favorite line from this book (short story)?

Holding tight to her satchel and Tash, Lochlyn stepped through the portal, into the bitter winds of strange winter, with only the the memory of summer’s warmth on her back.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, but not one who necessarily shared her stories, hehe! Not until I got older did I find the bravery to actually put myself out there and let someone read what I wrote. It takes a lot of courage to be willing to subject yourself to rejection and criticism, but the readers who enjoy what I write make it so worthwhile. 🙂

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

The scenes with Estes and Lochlyn were especially difficult to write, I had just lost my precious little pookie dog and was dealing with trying to write a final farewell scene, and, well, it was just super emotionally sad to for me to sit and write it.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I do read more than one book at a time, usually in different genres. Currently I’m wrapping up a beta read on a fantastic YA Dystopian novel, I just finished reading YA contemporary novella, TWIN SENSE by Lydia Sharp, and I’m looking forward to diving in to THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I like to draw (my bachelor’s degree is in drawing 😉 ), I also knit and crochet and do my best to make my husband laugh with daily shenanigans, hehe!
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

My favorite book as a teen was THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

omgosh, picking a favorite author now is an absolute impossibility! I love all the books! hehehe! 🙂
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Shadow and Bone by L. Bardugo took me pleasantly by surprise, I checked it out from the library and am wanting to buy it for my shelf now. 🙂
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

Seeing as I’m still wearing shoes from high school, I’m probably the worst person to ask about trends of any sort. I hope that good writing and good storytelling stay trendy forever.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to quit writing, I mean, I’m too excited by the prospect of seeing something that was once just a thought in my head become real, that’s what keeps me coming back to my characters and their worlds, every day.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

I think being a racehorse jockey would be cool, I definitely have the height advantage for it, hehe! 🙂

Thank you again for being such a wonderful hostess, I can’t wait to see what YOU are working on next! 😀

Aw, thanks Kelly. We have so much in common. We both love to write and draw, and the books on your list to read are on mine, too. How cool is that?

Want more? You got it …

LINKS:

add MAKE BELIEVE to your to-read shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

web: http://www.kellysaid.com

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Kelly_Said

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellySaid

So what about you? What ideas come to mind as you look at the cover of this book?


What’s happening hotstuff?

Hey everybody!

Lots going on, lookee here …

The nice folks on Good Reads Group, Never Too Old For Y. A., have been nice enough to ask me some questions. You can catch my interview here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/911510-june-interview-with-julie-reece

One of my favorite bloggers (In the universe? Yes, that’s right.) ran a flash contest and let moi pick the winner. Here is the winning entry! http://networkedblogs.com/yed3d Take a look at her blog while you’re over there, she’s freakin’ awesome!

Friend and talented Writer Stephanie Lawton’s YA novel, Want, is coming June 7th. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432653-want

I will interview her here on June 5th, but until then, Want is in a cover war, voter here: http://tantalizingillusions.blogspot.com/2012/05/cover-wars-oppression-vs-want.html

Ain’t it purdy?

J Taylor Publishing is offering the awesome novel Darkness and Light (with the fancy schmancy new cover) http://bookarooju.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/cover-rereveal-darkness-light-by-j-a-belfield/ for just .99 for a short time with bonus content.  Get over there people! (FYI: This is an adult novel) http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/blog/?p=857

Yummy awesomeness

 Gifted writer and friend Jocelyn Adams is hosting a giveaway. I love me some free stuff, people! Jocelyn’s amazing story The Undergarden leads the pack in the soon to be released Tidal Whispers along with Claire Gillian, Julie Reece (okay, yeah that’s me) and Kelly Said. You can enter to win a copy here …  http://joceadams.wordpress.com/

Good luck!

Available June 4th Check out the reviews on Good Reads!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13410587-tidal-whispers


Cover reveal: Make Believe

Oooh so exciting!

Make Believe

by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance

Description

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.
With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death. After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow.  Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired. The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong. Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

♦ For more information on the book and its fine authors look here:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

http://www.jabelfield.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832197.Jennifer_M_Eaton

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com

http://www.terrirochenski.weebly.com

http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com/

http://www.kellysaid.com