The Bulwark Anthology – Interviews with the authors day 7 – Kate Kelley

Today on Interviews with the authors we have a lady I am unfamiliar with, so I am as interested in what she has to say as I’m sure the rest of you are. Here to tell you about herself is,

Kate Kelley

Tell us about yourself.

I am a wife to a nerdy Optometrist, mother of two rambunctious, small children, and when I’m not doing mommy duties, I write fantasy and paranormal romance. I have a B.A. in English Studies and Creative Writing, and have been writing since I was seven. I wrote my first novella at ten years old. It was a fantasy, of course, about alien cats, and is probably my best work to date.
I have six novels and two novellas published since starting my indie journey a year and a half ago. My debut novel, Birth Stone, has hit the top 100 charts on Amazon’s Saga bestsellers. I hope to write many more novels in the future.

What changes to 2019 bring to your writing?

As with every year, 2019 has come with the continual honing of my writing skills. I’ve been able to start the year with a new paranormal romance series, the Legends of Kake series. I am also days away from releasing my newest anthology piece, which I am really excited about. The anthology is set in the Bulwark world, the original having started with award-winning author Brit Lunden. So I am really honored and excited to be a part of such a talented team of writers with this anthology.

Why did you do an anthology? Was it harder or easier than writing a full out novel? What was the hardest part?

I’ve done an anthology before, but the individual novellas were not set in the same world. I was excited about the Bulwark anthology opportunity because the foundation of the Bulwark world was already fleshed out and established, not to mention such a fun and creative world to play in.
The only hard part for me is the marketing aspect, since I am not great at advertising or promoting. Luckily, we have talented people on the project helping with that.

How did you come up with your story?

The most iconic thing about the Bulwark world is the forest goo, and so that’s where I started. The goo is a force, or a symptom, perhaps (we don’t really know) of strange happenings in the town. So I just tried to come up with paranormal themes that could be derived from such a mysterious substance, and came up with ghosts, which isn’t something I’ve really done before. And then the questions follow, and your brain sort of just fills in the gaps: who would find this ghost, why is she there, what is the relationship between the person and the ghost? And the rest just sort of falls into place.

What is the hardest part of being indie?

The hardest part is getting the word out about your work, especially since there is so much competition, and so much churn, especially in my genre. As I said before, I am not adept at marketing or promoting, so, really, hiring that work out is your best bet, but of course, that requires investment. The balance of investing and the return on investment is sometimes hard to manage if your brain in not wired to understand such things. lol. It is a small business, and should be treated that way; however, I am not a business woman, and so that is difficult for me.

Do you stay with one genre, or jump around?

I pretty much stay in the fantasy genre, though I do dabble in the different subgenres within that, as well as mesh different genres together. I’ve done Epic Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Dark Paranormal Romance, and usually there’s a smidgen of other genres’ characteristics found within those, such as mystery, Urban Fantasy, romance, etc.

Share the process of this collaboration? What inspired you from the original story and how did you marry it to your own work?

The original book was mysterious, well-written, and engaging, not to mention the world had room for so many different ideas that I couldn’t resist playing in. I used two original characters as cameos, and tried to make sure everything was consistent with the original story and setting.

Would you do another anthology?

I definitely would. It’s a lot of fun, and working with other talented authors makes the process a lot smoother. You have people to bounce ideas and problems off of.

What makes your books stand out from the sea of indie authors out there?

I think the main thing about my work that may be different from other indie books in the genre is the fact that I blur the genre a little so that it becomes a watercolor of various genres, blending together to make something new, or something the reader might not be expecting. In reviews of my books, I get that a lot. Readers will say “this was unpredictable,” I’ve “never read a shifter book like this,” etc. and it’s always a positive for them because of the huge amount of books in the genre that are so similar, or follow such a similar pattern. That’s what I strive for–originality, as well as characters the reader can relate to on a deep level. That’s what’s going to keep readers coming back.

 

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