Today, I’m pleased to Take Five With… Kelley Smith, author of the YA Paranormal Romance, Glittering Ashes.
You know how the experts on blogging encourage us to make our blog unique in content and focus? Well, one of the things that intrigued me about Kelley's blog is the title, ‘Writtled’. It stuck in my mind, so I had to find out why she chose that particular titIe, and she said:-
I knew from the beginning that I wanted some variation on the word "write," but there are so many awesome blog names that have already been used. So, I brainstormed for a while, and I've always loved the word "riddle," so I decided to combine them. I think equating the writing process with working out a riddle isn't a huge stretch (lol).
What makes Glittering Ashes unique?
What makes Glittering Ashes unique?
I think what makes Glittering Ashes unique is that I really did follow the "write what you want to read" rule. I wanted something with a love triangle (love them), with a main character who I actually liked, with some magic/paranormal elements, and I wanted to write something with a Jordyn (The MC's best friend in the novel. She was so fun to write).
What themes are included in the novel?
For Glittering Ashes themes, I'd say finding love in volatile circumstances is a big one, especially finding love as a seventeen-year-old girl. Nontraditional magic in an anything but traditional world would be another theme, I'd say, as well as a slight element of mystery being thrown into the mix.
What kind of books do you read? How do they influence your writing?
I say a lot on my blog that I'm a YA junkie. I read that genre almost exclusively at this point, and if something new is coming out, I'm either googling it, in the process of putting it on hold at the library, or downloading it on my Kindle. I like to read weird, original story lines, particularly YA romance in the many facets that it comes.
What I read definitely influences my writing. I have to read YA with a heavy romantic element, so I definitely have to write it. Originality is huge for me; so I strive to be different in what I write as well.
Who are your writing heroes?
Robert Cormier was huge for me growing up, particularly Tenderness and We All Fall Down. These days, I don't have a hero so much as people who inspire me to write more and better. Anything that is quirky or different in the YA genre is something I want to read and learn from as I continue on as a writer. Amanda Hocking's story is also a really inspiring one to a self-published author like myself.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I'm working on more in the Dark Artist series that follows Glittering Ashes. They're fun characters to work with, so I'm not done with them yet. Other than that, I have a list of about thirty story plots I've come up with; so I'll be busy for a while.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned on your publication journey?
The most valuable lesson that I've learn so far is that you have to be your own cheerleader. Sure, that's true for getting your book out there so people can read it, but it's also true for the times when you have to be the one who always believes in your story, even before others have heard of it.
Thank you so much, J.L., for having me!
At seventeen, Roe Daniels didn’t need to believe in fairy tales, she knew they didn’t exist. But when Roe moves to Gaudium Falls to be with her aunt, she finds the elusive friend, a love triangle turned square, and the magic that she would have bet six bucks never existed.
Within a new town Roe doesn’t trust enough to call home, she’ll find a place she knows is too good to get used to and too perfect to trust, and a boy also too close to that description to fall for. She’ll survive the contact with the world that feels so foreign to her and the boy who is big enough to shake that world and her life to its core, or she’ll watch everything she’s just beginning to know and to love burn to glittering ashes at her feet.
You can find Kelley at Writtled or follow her on Twitter. Check out Glittering Ashes on Amazon and Smashwords.
For a chance to win an e-copy of Glittering Ashes, leave a comment or question for Kelley. Drawing will be Friday, August 26th. Thanks for spending time with us!