Author Interview: Jennifer L Kelly

Tell us a bit about you.

I am from Cleveland, love yoga and my furbaby, enjoy Tarot and Oracle card reading, and have a mean sweet tooth.

Tell us a bit about your book

My latest series is called House of Snakes. The first book is named the same as the series, and the second book, which will be out in December 2019, is called Sword and Air. The series is set in modern times and follows Victoriana Haden, the daughter of Hades and Persephone, as she’s sent to the Above World because someone is poisoning her mother. What Vic doesn’t count on is her Hellhound ex-boyfriend being sent to babysit and a new guy showing up at her mortal school and befriending her.

Who is your favorite character from the book?

Asher. Who doesn’t love a tattooed, Harley-riding Hellhound?

What can’t that character live without?

Trouble.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as an author.

I’ve always enjoyed writing, even as a child. Language arts/English class was always my favorite in school. I’d attempted many novels, but didn’t actually write a full-length one until November 2013. At the time, I was teaching 7th/8th grade language arts and the 8th graders were participating in NaNoWriMo. So I wrote along with them and ended up at something like 91,000 words. I’ve participated in every NaNoWriMo since that year, and several Camp NaNoWriMos because I tend to prefer to binge write. So far I have 17 self-published books.

Published works require more than just an author. What sort of team members do you have to help you reach the final point of publishing a work?

My team is extremely small because I lay out my books myself and do my own cover design. Because my bachelor’s is in English with a writing minor, I edit my books several times then pass them on to my unpaid editor—my dad. He reads them several times as well. I’ve recently acquired a beta reader as well, and have utilized ARC readers for two series.

What do you love most about being an author?

Being able to put a permanent message out into the world and hoping that someone else resonates with it. Also, just the process of creating in general.

What do you dislike most about being an author?

Lots of unsolicited requests for free books, even after books have been released for several years. Also, editing is not my favorite, to be honest.

What is the most important piece of advice you have for other writers and authors?

Don’t worry about what you’re writing. Don’t go back and edit as you go. Just write, even if you nonsensical parts. You can go back and fix it later. The most important thing is to get from page one to the end and have a full draft. Because then you have something tangible to work with.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Coffee. Especially when I’m working full-time and writing daily.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d love to go to Ireland/England/Scotland/Wales and explore that part of my heritage.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?

Doctor Who is my favorite show! I miss Matt Smith!

How can readers get their hands on your book(s)?

My author website has links to all the online stores carrying my books (www.jenniferlkelly.com), or my books can be found on Amazon, BN.com, Booksamillion.com, Bookdepository.com and IndieBound. You can also go to a Barnes and Noble brick and mortar and order them there.

What is the best way for folks to get in touch with you?

Through the contact page on my website or I’m very active on Instagram @authorjenniferlkelly

Do you ever have moments of self-doubt or novel-doubt?

All the time. I’ve read many articles and watched many videos about imposter syndrome.

Are there any unpublished manuscripts you have created? Will you ever publish them?

So far, I have published all my full-length manuscripts. I’m a bit OCD in that way. But at the same time, I figure nothing is ever going to be 100% perfect. If you’re waiting for that you may as well not bother.

What would you like to tell or ask of your readers?

If you’re interested in being an ARC reader for the second book in the House of Snakes series, I’ll be sending out a call for readers around September. That will be posted to my Instagram. If you’d like to read the first book I ever wrote, The Prophecy (Book 1 of The Lucia Chronicles), you can receive a PDF when you sign up for my newsletter through my website.

If you could go back in time and meet anyone, who would it be?

That’s a tough question! I find I’m most intrigued by religious figures. So Buddha or Jesus would be fascinating to meet. Hopefully, that’s not too far back in history!

Is there anything you would like to add?

I also own a bookish candle shop called The Bookish Flame (on Etsy or www.thebookishflame.com), so if you love books and candles feel free to check it out!

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