Name: Kelli Marie
Latest Release: Mystic Turmoil
Genre: YA Fantasy
- Has writing always been a passion of yours?
Yes, every since I was little I have loved writing. In middle school and high school, I hand wrote a 300+ page story on Star Wars (which I was and still am obsessed with). It was my pride and joy and I still go back and read it for old times sake.
- At what age did you begin to write seriously?
I would probably say 26. I had just graduated with my Masters degree in Social Work and I was driving home from work and the story just hit me. I feel like it was just waiting for the right time to come out. I had been so busy for years that when I finally had free time my story was ready to be written.
- What is your favorite genre to write and does that differ from the genre you like to read?
I love writing Young Adult because I tend to read a lot of Young Adult. I also read a lot of romance so I’d like to try my hand into that one day.
- Where does your inspiration to write come from?
I try to use a lot of what I see around me in my career. In my book Mystic Princess, one of the characters is very controlling and manipulative. I purposely wrote that character that way because of the training that I have with domestic violence. I have worked with adults and children who have dealt with domestic violence and one group in particular helped develop that character. I was leading a small group of parenting teens and we were on the topic of healthy relationships. They would tell me how they loved picking fights with their boyfriends because it “spiced up” their relationship or that they liked when they boyfriend got jealous because it showed he cared. It drove me crazy. So I developed a certain character in this respect to hopefully show girls that it’s not okay to be treated that way. I wove in a lot of subtle domestic violence and healthy relationship elements into the text.
- How does the generation you belong to impact your writing style, or does it?
I’m not sure. I would say my writing style is pretty informal. I’m not sure if that is an impact of my generation or my genre.
6.What does your writing schedule look like in a typical week?
My schedule is a little weird, honestly. I work overnight on a crisis and suicide prevention line so I do a lot of my writing at work in the middle of the night. Thankfully, most nights I am not on the phone all night and I have periods where I can just write. This helps for my self care and gives me a nice quiet place to write. I set a goal of about 5,000 words a week so if I have a busy week on the hotline then I will work on it during the day on my days off, but most of writing is done in the middle of the night.
- Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I would say I’m a combination of the two. I usually start with a basic plot idea and then as I start writing it normally turns into something completely different. I had a plan for Mystic Turmoil when I started writing it and by mid point, it had developed into something I never imagined and I loved it. Sometimes it is fun to just let the characters develop themselves.
- Can you name an event in your life that has made the biggest impact on where you are today?
I’m not sure about this one. There isn’t one particular event that really sticks out. I know that going to college and becoming a Social Worker has made a major impact because it changed my worldview and what I want to write about.
- Do you think writers have better luck going the traditional or the self-publishing route?
I don’t think it’s a matter of luck, I think it’s a matter of time and effort. I think the people who have the time and money to market themselves can be very successful as self-publishing authors. You can really make a name for yourself and keep it your own. I know through the traditional route you may get more exposure, which is helpful, and it takes the pressure off the writer to market as much. I chose self publishing because I was just so excited to get my first book out into the world that I didn’t have the patience to wait for a traditional publishing. I was just excited! I think down the road I may try traditional publishing just to see the difference, but right now I’m content with self publishing.
- What are you working on right now?
I’ve been working on editing Mystic Turmoil and beginning the third book in the Mystic Series.
- What do you find are the most effective means of promotion?
Word of mouth and just getting your name out there. I created business cards for my book and webpage and I leave them wherever I can. I also found promoting through goodreads.com helped by getting my book out there so people see it.
- What advice do you have for someone just beginning his or her journey into writing?
Take the time to find a good editor. My first time around, I had an editor take $400 from and then drop off the face of the earth. Thankfully I paid her through paypal and was able to get my money refunded through paypal (bonus advice: pay everything through paypal). Then I was in a pickle and had to scramble for another editor. That editor was not what I had hoped for and my first book was edited rather poorly. I ended up having it re edited recently just so it was up to par with my newest release.
- What piece of fiction has made the biggest impact in your writing career and why?
The Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout. I love, love, love this series and I hope to be half the author that Jennifer Armentrout is. She is an amazing author and I love all of her books.
- What final thoughts would you leave potential readers with?
If you choose to read my Mystic Series, thank you for taking the time and letting me be a part of your day. Books have always been an wonderful escape for me when things are not going well and I hope that my books can be that for someone if they need it.
About the Author:
Kelli Marie hails from Elgin, IL, where her love of books grew into a healthy obsession. Books have been a shining light through many dark times in her life, and it is her hope to be that light for others. Her favorite book genres are Young Adult Fantasies and Science Fiction.
Kelli Marie enjoys Star Wars and Harry Potter, and still believes she is meant to be a Jedi. She now lives in Tampa, FL with her wonderful husband, Nick, and their two cat children, Oreo and Goober. In her free time, you will find her at Disney World and Universal Studios, where she can continue to feel like a kid.
About her books:
For thousands of years, the Mystic race had lived in peace with humans. With the power to control the elements, they helped humankind flourish. But this peace could not last, as greed and a thirst for more power drove men into war and the Mystics began to disappear.
Now the Mystics are gone and Cara is the last of their ancient race. But everything is not as it seems as her eighteenth birthday passes and her powers slowly awaken. She soon learns that she is more than just an ordinary Mystic and that dangerous secrets surround her. With her fiancé, Xavier, and her best friend, Jordan, she must unravel the mysteries of her past in the hopes of saving her future.
Mystic Princess is the first book of the Mystic Series, a fast-paced young adult fantasy that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Cara has returned to Myridia, but the home that she grew up in is now a prison built on the very lies that she tried to escape. The Mystic City is destroyed, burned down by the very man that she thought she could trust. The remaining mystics have scattered and among the ruins lies the remnants of whatever future Cara thought she had.
There is no going back.
The tattered and broken game pieces have been set, but the only question that remains is who will come out on top. When new enemies and allies arise, Cara will once again find herself in a grander scheme than she ever imagined. Betrayed, with her trust broken, and lies building up around her, will she be able to settle the turmoil within her heart, let alone the turmoil befalling her people?
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