drey: Welcome to drey’s library, Kelly! I love your Dreg City books, and am so excited for the release of Another Kind of Dead this month!Thank you so much for visiting us this month, Kelly! I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to Another Kind of Dead, it's not even funny. I just hope July slows down enough for me to get all my reading in!
Kelly: Thanks so much for inviting me! I’m very happy to be here!
drey: Tell us about yourself in 10 sentences (or thereabouts)...
I don’t know if there’s that much to tell about myself (although I suppose that counts as a first sentence, so only nine to go!). I’m a self-professed geek who loves all things science fiction, fantasy and horror. I’m also a coffee junkie, a home-body (although most people who know me don’t believe that I’m generally a shy person), and a cat lover. I’ve been an avid reader and storyteller since I was very young, but I didn’t get serious about writing until college, where I actually focused on screenplays, rather than prose. I live fairly close the majority of my family, here on the Eastern Shore. Since I grew up in a beach resort area, you’ll find me spending my vacations inland, somewhere in the mountains (even better if there’s local white water rafting). Okay, so it isn’t ten sentences, but those seem like the most interesting things about me right now.
drey: How long have you know that you were meant to be a writer?
Kelly: I didn’t really consider myself a writer until college, when I started writing in earnest and considering the idea of making money from it. But I never thought I was “meant to be” because I was never honestly sure I could do it. I don’t think it ever felt possible until that phone call when my agent told me we had an offer and I knew I was about to sell my first novel. At that moment, it was finally real.
drey: What was your first story about? What did you do with/to it?
Kelly: Oh boy. The first real story I remember writing was when I was in seventh grade. It was bad. It was like awful “Sweet Valley High”/Beverly Hills, 90210 fan-fiction, only with original characters. I thought it was amazing, of course. So amazing that I gave the notebook I’d handwritten it in to my then-best friend so she could experience it. A few weeks later we had a huge (and stupid) fight. She tore it up and flushed it. Which is all well and good, in hindsight, since it was crap anyway. *grin*
drey: I cannot believe SVH fan-fic was flushed!! o.O
What’s your writing space?
I have my own office in my apartment, with a decent sized desk and lots of bookshelves. I use a laptop with an optical mouse. The wall above my desk is covered with Post-Its and little notes written to myself--story ideas, character ideas, plot points, inspirational sayings, etc... It’s kind of a collage now. I also have a coffee mug warmer, so I never have to worry about cold coffee.
drey: What are the top 10 songs on your iPod/other music player?
Kelly: Mostly I listen to music on my laptop, through a program called Rhapsody. But I think my Most Played songs right now are (in no particular order): “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons, “Raise Your Glass” by The Warblers, “Broken” by Seether (with Amy Lee), “Losing Your Memory” by Ryan Star, “It Ends Tonight” by All-American Rejects, “Hate Me” by Blue October, “Seasons of Love” by Jonathan Larson, “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, and “Ambition” by Doves. Eclectic, I know.
drey: Nothing wrong with eclectic at all, you should see my playlists... *grin*
What inspired Evangeline Stone’s story?
Kelly: Partly, it was a desire to write a full-on urban fantasy novel. I’d dabbled in novels with supernatural elements in the past, but had only just recently discovered the UF genre, and I wanted to give it a go. The rest of the inspiration was a scene I’d had stuck in my head for a while, of a woman in Purgatory asked to go back to Earth and “do something” in order to atone for her own sins. I took the idea of the heroine coming back to life and ran with it, and as the world of Dreg City began to coalesce in my mind, Evy began to grow out of it. Why did she die? Why was she brought back? Why her specifically, and not someone else? Who did it? What’s their agenda?
I had so many questions to answer, and a lot of fun figuring them out. Everything just sort of grew together.
drey: Smackdown: Evy’s in the ring. Who’s the opponent, who wins, and why?
Kelly: Any opponent? (drey: yup, any opponent) The really evil side of me would love to see Evy and Wyatt go at it in the ring. Boxing, maybe, just for some tension release. Plus Wyatt taught Evy everything she knows, so seeing them fight would be so much fun. But I think the fight would end in a draw, because they compliment each other so well. One person’s weakness is countered by the other’s strength.
drey: What’s your favorite non-writing activity?
Kelly: Crafts. I don’t do many, but I do have a lot of beads and items for jewelry making, so I like to create earrings. I also like to put together art projects for my apartment, especially when I’m in the mood to redecorate. It’s another creative outlet, but it let’s me use a different side of my creativity than writing does.
drey: What’s up next for you (besides more Evy Stone)?
Kelly: The fourth Dreg City book comes out January 31, 2012. (drey: yay!!) I hope there will be more after that, but sales will tell. In October, I have a new series coming out with Pocket. TRANCE is the first in the MetaWars series, which follows a group of original superheroes as they deal with a world that hates and fears them. The second book in that series releases in 2012. I have a few other balls in the air with additional projects, but nothing I can report on yet.
drey: And last (but not least!), the quickie-5:
Everyone, find Kelly online at her website, her blog, facebook, twitter, and goodreads!
More goodies: Kelly is giving away a copy of Another Kind of Dead to one of you lucky ducks (US only, please)!! To enter, fill out the form below, and ask Kelly a question (or more) in the comments! Do it before 6pm CST July 29th. Good luck!