A warm welcome to fellow RNA member, L.T.Kelly, who has dropped by today to tell us a little bit about herself. Read on to find out about her latest book, her X Factor audition, and her writing cupboard under the stairs.
L.T. Kelly is a contemporary and paranormal romance novelist living in rural Lincolnshire with her two children. When she’s not writing she can be found nursing a mild shopping addiction, breaking up a fight between her delightful children, or sipping on a glass of wine. Usually in that order…
I asked L.T. Kelly to tell us a bit more about herself.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think I grew up fancying myself more to be a performer of some sort, like an actor or a singer. I’m what I like to refer to as an extroverted HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). This means that I’m full of creativity that’s bursting to get out, only I had myself down as a much better singer than I really am which led to an embarrassing xFactor audition which taught me my final lesson…being a HSP also comes with horrific stage fright and you’re not afforded the ‘do over’ that you are when you’re creatively writing. I knew I seriously wanted to be a writer and more importantly had the confidence required to do so once I hit thirty. It still took me a few years to realise I had the ability to write a full novel though. Four novels down and I’m still not entirely convinced, though I am proud of the fruits of my labour.
How fascinating that you auditioned for X Factor! I'd love to know more.
Has any author inspired you?
I started out by writing vampire novels with a hint of spice. I recall a friend whom was also into reading paranormal recommending to Two AM series by Christopher Beuchellor. I read those books in the matter of a week. His concept was both innovative and inspiring, I never thought I’d too be able to come up with an idea to refresh the genre, though I’m told I have, so it’s all good.
What do you like writing most?
I both love and loathe writing sex scenes. Who’d think they’d be so difficult to write? Once you’ve hit your fourth book you become a little afraid that you’re not coming up with anything new, after all sex is sex, no? Then you just do it…come up with something new that is ;).
Do you have a special place for writing?
I started out writing in the cupboard under the stairs in my Air Force married quarter. Although that cupboard and I were at one with each other for quite some time I have to admit that I was pleased to move to a house with my own office. I don’t think I could ever return to a time where I had nowhere that was all mine to punch the keys.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I’ve been a bit of both. I start out by loosely plotting around half a novel, but things always change in that first half and the rest of the book seems to flow after that first half without me really having to think about it, unless you count talking to yourself, which I do…a lot.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
The answer to that is a resounding yes. Apart from that I’ve never been a vampire, and I suspect I never will be. Aside from that, all of my stories have aspects of people I know or things that have happened. Readers seem to enjoy the aspects of my books that have really happened, or the characters that are based on people I know above the more fictitious aspects.
What are you writing at the moment?
Writing? What’s that? Oh…right…yes. I actually had to take a break and I’ve hated every second but I didn’t have much choice in the matter. I’m just going back to the novel I started in August. It’s a new genre for me. I’m figuring it will be a four part series, and it’s a witchy YA. I’m so excited about trying something different.
What inspired you to write this book?
I attended the Romance Novelist Association conference in July and attended a talk on writing a YA novel that I’ve really wanted to do for quite some time. It wasn’t actually attending the YA talk that really inspired me, it was the talk on blogging a novel. The speaker Catherine Fox was so inspiring, refreshing and funny that I suffered a little girl crush and convinced myself that blogging my YA is exactly how I wanted to break into the genre.
What time of the day do you write best?
If I had a choice it would be all day everyday. For now, it’s evenings that I write the best that’s generally because it’s the only time I can write.
What are your hobbies?
A writer would never become a writer without being a reader in the first instance, that is my first and most cherished love. I have to admit that I’ve become rather partial to adult colouring books too. It is so relaxing to colour in.
What advice would you give to other writers?
Firstly I would say that who am I to give advice? If I was pushed to answer though I’d say, never give up and never stop doing what you love no matter what obstacle you may face.
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L.T. Kelly's latest book
Iraq war widow Katie Simmons hasn’t considered giving love another chance since the devastating loss of her husband. She’s happy sharing her love with her six-year-old daughter, Jessica. What more could she want from life?
Evan Waters is headed for the big time. He’s plowing his time, money and energy into recording Spires’ debut album. Following on in his British rock legend father’s footsteps, he has big shoes to fill, a mission made more difficult by his alcoholic mother.
When Katie and Evan meet on the London Underground, she denies his advances. Evan must find a way to demolish the walls she’s built around her heart. But even if he’s successful, will he be able to provide her with the commitment she deserves and still fulfill his ambitions?
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, L.T.!