Name Elizabeth Kelly
Where are you from – I’m from Dublin Ireland but I now live in Southern California.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have one older brother and younger sisters. I’m a certified crime scene investigator and currently apart from writing I am also going back to school to get my degree in forensic science. I’m married with a 5 year old daughter.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Killian, my paranormal/fantasy romance is now available on Amazon, with preorders on iTunes & Kobo.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
One of my lifetime dreams was to write a book. I never knew it would be possible until I stumbled upon the indie world. I wrote my first book Scarred Hearts, in November 2013 and released it January 2014.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I’m not sure that I do. I know that sounds weird but writing for me is fun and the title writer or author seems like it belongs to people like Stephen King, Nora Roberts, not little ole’ me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As I mentioned, I have always wanted to write a book. But my first book was written after I saw so many teens on the news being cyber bullied and decided to write a book with that as a back story. My youngest sister was my driving force, she encouraged me to just write it and see what happens. So I did and now the series has three books and a free companion novella. (the last book will be available this June)
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t really have a style. I usually have an idea of where I want the story to go and allow the characters to ‘talk’ to me and just go with the flow.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It took me a while to come up with my titles, Scarred Hearts was easy enough because the title also describes what my characters are feeling. Taking Chances & Summer are part of the Blackrock series too. I tried to take an element from the story and use it in the titles. With the Lupo legacy series, I tried something new and used chapter names instead of ‘chapter 1.’ So that was a challenge, but with Killian, the story is mainly about him so I named the first book after him.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
With the Blackrock series, yes there is a message in the story but I’m not a fan of pushing things on readers. I wrote that series because it had an impact on me personally but I mostly want my readers to escape reality and enjoy the time they spend in my fantasy worlds.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try to keep my books fictional. I do use place names that are real but I develop the towns in my mind. Like in Killian, I use the town of Faircrest, made up by me but I do place it in the USA. I’m sure there is a town with that name but I like to keep things pretend.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I use my own personal experiences in some of my work.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I like Barbara Erskine and Tami Hoag. But I don’t write in either genre.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Untamed by Jessica Sorenson.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are so many new authors out in the indie world now. I have read books belonging to new friends I have made on my journey.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently, I am working on my first YA paranormal. All my books are New Adult so I’m finding this a little challenging. I also have just finished a new NA romance, which I’m hoping to release early next year. I have to finish book two (Treachery) in the Avalon series and work on season two of Lupo Legacy. No sweat!! J
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have met so many people through social media and book singings. I can’t pick just one but that includes readers who have supported me by buying, reading and reviewing my books. I am grateful for all their support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d love to write full time but I also don’t want to give up on other dreams.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No way! I love Killian, I took a long time writing it, about six months, and I am very happy where the story went. I love my fairy prince!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really, I am blessed with a wonderful imagination and a solitary personality so making up stories or ‘day dreaming’ came naturally.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Growing up the son of a fairy King – Easy.
Being accepted to the fiercest, strongest, fairy warrior army ever to protect the realm – Easy.
Making the human girl, who holds your destiny in her hands, fall in love with you – Not so Easy.
When the Fairy Kingdom of Avalon comes under attack, Prince Killian, Fairy warrior, and heir to the throne, prepares for battle. But when the prophesy of a Seer overshadows his fate and while his family is dying around him, he flees Avalon to the Human Realm. He vows to return and claim his destiny, only…he never thought his vengeance would mean fifty years stuck in the human realm with no way home.
Reagan Lunsa is completely alone and she thinks she likes it that way. She buries her grief from her parents’ mysterious disappearance, 3 years ago by keeping busy at her university art school and working at Faircrest’s New Age shop. All while secretly spending every free moment on solving the mystery of what really happened to her parents.
On a rare night out her attention is caught by a handsome, sexy bartender who seeks her out, asking for friendship, and maybe more. This stranger is unlike any man she’s ever known.
And when she discovers he’s also hiding secrets her world turns upside down, all while she falls deeply in love with this protective, and patient Fairy prince.
Reagan finds that learning to trust again is harder than she thought. Especially when the truth, and her love, leads her into a world unlike she has ever known.
A world where fairies exist and humans are not welcome.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, grammar and trying to write American English rather than what I learned growing up.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have a favorite, I like when I can feel like I am part of the story.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I recently went to my first signing in Arizona. This year I have three singings coming up. Las Vegas in April for the Novel Experience. New Orleans in August and Palm Springs in September for InD’Tale magazine.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
ME!! It’s all me, I am a little weird like that. I feel that the covers tell a story to the reader too. But I did have professional designers make them.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Trying not to get too carried away in the story, I have decided to keep my books at a reasonable length. With Scarred Hearts and Taking Chances, I went a little crazy and they both ended up at 150k words each.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think I learn something every time I write. I get a little better with each book and when I read them back while editing I surprise myself. “did I really write that?”
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write because you love too.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, without my readers my work would floating in cyber space, unnoticed. I appreciate each and every person who has decided to take a chance on a new author including me.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was one of the Sweet Valley High books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My daughter makes me laugh (and cry) ha ha. I do shed a few tears for my cat who died a few months ago. It was him and I for 11 years, so I do miss him especially at night when I’m on my own. He was my writing companion.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I think it have to be my grandmother who died when I was sixteen. I’d love to ask her questions about her life and dreams.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
No idea, that scares me.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Yes, I like reading, crafting and music. I love making my house into a live concert J( but my neighbors probably hate me)
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch as much TV as I used to. I like crime shows, Rizzoli & Isles, Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5.0. Game of Thrones, and most movies except comedy’s.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food would be Chicken. Purple & Blue. Lots of different music, right now I’m listening to the Script.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Crime scene investigator for the FBI.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thanks Fiona 😉