Today we have an author visiting us, Kelley York. She is the author of Hushed. Please give her a warm welcome, and why don't you click her name and check out her website. Let me know if you found any cool tidbits.
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (December 6, 2011)
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Who or what inspires your writing?
I listen to a lot of music when I write. I have a playlist for every story (they can get pretty massive) and often times put a song on repeat for a particular scene.
When did you know you would be a writer?
I've written stories all my life, but primarily I was an artist. At some point in the last 5 years, I lost my passion for drawing and I was really depressed without that creative outlet. I think that was when I really focused in on my writing and realized how much I loved it.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first book took me maybe 4 months to write. But, after realizing it sucked and was way too long, I took another 4-5 months cutting, fixing, and severely revising. Sadly, it still wasn't quite strong enough (though I came close many times), so I set it aside. I'll rewrite it completely someday but I’d like to wait until I’ve developed enough as a writer to do it justice.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time and energy to sit down and do it. Honestly, a lot of my writing happens at work when I'm on my breaks because I'm not home often, and when I am I have twenty million things to get done.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I'm not sure if this classifies as a 'ritual,' but toward the beginning of my stories, I have to figure out in my head what my characters look like. This usually means finding a model/actor/actress I can use as a reference. It gives me this visual model to work off of and I find I have a really hard time writing a character I can't solidly picture in my head.
Have you written anything else?
I've written two other books, both paranormal. I'm about 20,000 words into a new YA contemporary, and I’m absolutely in love with it.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
Take your time. The publishing world isn't going anywhere and you can really damage your chances at making it by trying to hurry from start to finish. Make your story as good as you can, then find beta readers to help you make it even better.
Who are your favorite Authors?
Hannah Moskowitz, Sean Olin, and Carrie Ryan. I would read anything they write.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
There were a few books that heavily impacted me as a child, including THE SECRET OF NIMH, THE LAST UNICORN, and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. In more recent years...I’ve read a lot of really amazing books that left me in awe and moved me. INVINCIBLE SUMMER (Hannah Moskowitz), FEED (M.T. Anderson), WITH OR WITHOUT YOU (Brian Farrey)...just to name a few.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished an ARC for GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz, as well as THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON by Fred Seaman. Now I'm a few chapters into an ARC of UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook and THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg.
How do readers find out more about you?
The easiest way is through my website/blog, Flowers for Ghosts. They can also follow me on Twitter. I'm a regular poster for both YAtopia, and For the Love of Contemporary.
Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides
with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she
does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a
fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky
or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to
pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real
unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres
from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers,
paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character
development takes center stage.