Hi, it’s great to have you here! Alright, so in the spirit of getting the mundane questions out of the way first, tell our audience a little about yourself and where you’re from? I’m Kellie and I live in sunny Australia! I’ve been writing since i was a kid. I’ve published ten novels of different genres and I’m currently writing my next book. This one has taken the longest as its the first book I’ve written since I had my son 20 months ago. Writing is my life and it was very hard to take a hiatus, but the break has improved my writing and perseverance.
When did the writing bug first bite? I took writing seriously in my teens. Being a writer wasn’t always something I wanted to do early on. I became passionate about it during my teens where I wanted a creative outlet for the all the ideas and stories in my head. Looking back, I was surrounded by books/notion of writing, with TVs I loved at the time or my family (who read a lot). I’m glad I went down this route. I would never change it for anything.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The one thing I love most is creating worlds and personalities that are 100% your creation. No one else will write a character like yours.
Are you a plottter or are you more of a pantser? Generally, I start with an outline and flesh the story out from there. Sometimes, I make things up as I go along or I incorporate text from older WIPS into the current one. I try not to worry about not having enough “ammo” when I start creating the world because things always come to me when I begin. It does take time and I take each day as it comes.
What drew you to Speculative Fiction and/or Paranormal Romance? Creatively, I love the freedom. There is some structure to follow but I love being able to create characters and scenarios that are wild and unrestrained. Especially with paranormal romance, there are so many different opinions out there on spirits, that I like to gather my own and build my book from there.
Which authors have influenced your writing along the way? Tami Hoag and Emily Rhoda are huge influencers in my writing career. Both authors ignited my love for the written word and encouraged me to achieve my dreams.
If you could go back in time who would you go back in time to see? I’m a history buff so there are many moments in modern history I would love to see. I would love to meet Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe. I love everything about the 1940s so I would go back in time to experience that decade in history – the fashion, the movies, the film stars. Everything was so glamorous.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who is just getting started on their author journey? Just write. And write what you want. Get onto social media and interact with your readers. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great platforms now. Start a readers group, do giveaways and respond to comments/emails your readers send you. Reputation is everything in this business.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share? The below excerpt is from my paranormal romance, Death Knows My Name
“You’re finally all mine, Aleida Fuller.” He lowered his lips over hers and thrust his tongue into her mouth, pushing against her own, licking her teeth, overpowering her. Aleida was paralyzed against the trunk, unable to move or scream, Albinus’ lean body pressing into hers. Albinus was strong, sucking every last ounce of energy from her body.
Flashbacks of her possession sparked in her mind, of the pain as her bones snapped, the searing heat inside her chest and the complete annihilation of her control. Albinus deepened the kiss, planting a hand behind her head.
Albinus invaded her body like a cancer, consuming every unspooled sinew and vein, muscle, flesh and bone.
Aleida felt her bones strain, ache, from the burgeoning new life force, and as Rafe’s shield was shattered, she felt the immediate effects, becoming weaker and more aware of the pain. Everything hurt, every cell aware. Then, an odd sense of euphoria overcame her as the demon finally won the battle.