Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
So, I'm sitting around the apartment this afternoon and I receive a phone call (which I'm lucky I saw the phone screen light up, because the main speaker is broken) and it's this week's featured author wondering where I am, that I've missed the interview.
After profusely apologizing, I jump in the transporter and arrive at her home.
"Where would you like to go?" I ask. "Anywhere in the world."
"Sorry," she answers. "We're in the process of moving. Can we just sit here?"
"On the floor? On a mattress?"
Okay. So, I'm comfortable and she has her laptop and we're ready to go.
1. Who are you and what makes you the most fascinating person in your city?
My name is Keeley (Irish name, but I don’t live there! LOL) I suppose I could be fascinating for my name! LOL
2. Without revealing a deep dark secret (unless you want to), what one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?
I want a Harry Potter tattoo… oh wait… I also want my tongue piercing. I’m not sure my family would approve of either LOL.
3. What interested you to become a writer rather than something else such as rock star?
Firstly, I’m not a rock star because I can’t sing… Although I do try in the shower…and the car…and at home. Basically anywhere unless it’s in public. I never sing in public, unless the music is very loud and it drowns my terrible voice out. I’ve always loved writing so I thought why not let someone else enjoy them. For me writing is all about others enjoying it, I don’t even want to become rich from it, I just love it.
4. Writers are readers. With which author(s) would you enjoy sharing dinner? Why?
Nora Roberts would be the first on my list. Whatever she writes is amazing. Harlan Coben because his books are thrilling and I’ve met him three times, he has the best dry humor ever! Lindsey Kelk because her books are brilliant and she is also a Yorkshire author!
Well, I’m just going to put it out there, there is sex in my books… if you like that, you’re sorted… if not…well, it’s entertaining, what happens to my main character is so funny. She’s a walking disaster and the things that happen to her are hilarious!
6. Share your process of writing in regards to: plot and character development, story outline, research (do you Google or visit places/people, or make it up on the spot), writing schedule, editing and number of rewrites.
The two main characters come first and then I spread them out, creating friends, lifestyles, where they live etc. Once that is done I then loosely plot each chapter so I have an idea where I want it to go (the characters often take me in another direction!) It also helps to stop the pesky writers block. Once the chapters are plotted, I write and then every 10 chapters or so I go back to the beginning and read what I’ve got, write more or flesh it out until I reach the end. Once I have the whole book there. I print it, go through, change things and then put it on my Kobo and pretending I’m a reader. Then it’s off to Beta readers etc.
7. “I think I have a good idea for a story, but I don't know where or how to begin. Your process may not work for me. Any advice?”
Everyone who has a story idea, or even a character, has an idea of a conflict or something huge happening to their character. Start with that one chapter first. Write it, get it down. Read over it and then you can flesh it out, spreading the chapters on both sides. Before you know it, you have a novel!
8. I saw an amusing T-shirt the other day which read, “Every great idea I have gets me in trouble.” What is your philosophy of life?
If you don’t write it, someone else will so stop looking through Facebook (insert any web search whilst procrastinating) and get typing!
9. Please tell me you're not going to stop writing? What's next for you?
The second book in the Serendipity Series and also a new YA book about Pixies. Both should be released next year!
10. Where can people find more information on you and your projects?
Hope at Christmas
Date of Publication: 18th December 2015
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 78,000
With only 25 days left until Christmas day, Hope makes the rash decision to quit her job. After a weekend wallowing in self pity, she takes this new opportunity to finally get the job she’s always wanted...only she doesn’t know what she wants to do... She doesn’t think her life can get any worse.
Until she throws coffee on a stranger.
Having finally told his parents that he planned to never follow his father’s footsteps in business, Daniel’s morning didn’t start out that well either.
Until a woman throws coffee on him.
This chance meeting sets off a chain of events. A wedding. Downton Abbey. The roaring 20’s...and a drunk, sexually frustrated cousin. Neither of them are prepared for this connection, but when does romance ever run a smooth course? With secrets and exes throwing road blocks their way, will it all become too much and end their blossoming romance before it’s even begun?
About the Author:
Keeley Smith is the author of Young Adult series, The Pendle Hill Series and The Soul Keeper Trilogy.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, eating (chocolate, usually), spending time with her husband and gorgeous dog and colouring- because a genius created colouring books for adults!
She lives in the UK, but would prefer to live somewhere less likely to experience all four seasons in one day.