Blaque: Welcome back to another spotlight author interview. Here with me on my virtual couch is author Kelly Violet. Welcome Kelly!
Kelly: Thanks so much for having me Blaque Diamond.
Blaque: You are very welcome. Anything I can do to help another up-and-coming author, I will do. Besides, some of the best books are still just waiting to be discovered.
Kelly: You’re right about that.
Blaque: So, what inspires you to write?
Kelly: The everyday inspires me to write. When a story comes to me, it mostly starts as an emotion. Something hits me hard. It could be a line in a movie, or something I witnessed or remembered. Then parts of the story come together in my mind.
Blaque: Where is your favorite place to write?
Kelly: I have a favorite spot in the city I live in. I go there to soak up the environment and dig deep in whatever story I’m working on.
Blaque: It’s always nice to have a special place you can go to let your creative juices flow. It’s sort of like your own little private getaway. What is your favorite food?
Kelly: My favorite food of all-time is home-made macaroni and cheese. It’s the best at holidays and just every day, really.
Blaque: I can’t help but agree with you 100%. I love me some baked macaroni and cheese. Mmm!
Kelly: LOL. My thoughts exactly.
Blaque: So, where do you see yourself in five years?
Kelly: In five years, I’d like to be more advanced in both my careers. In terms of writing, I’d like to have a lot more novels and novellas published in all of the genres I’m interested in.
Blaque: What can bring tears to your eyes?
Kelly: A good, emotional commercial can get the waterworks going. Otherwise, it’s altogether too easy to get me crying. Songs and sad endings of movies do it too.
Blaque: I am totally such a cry baby as well. It doesn’t take much for me to get going. Happy or sad, I’m crying. LOL.
Kelly: Wow! That’s funny.
Blaque: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
Kelly: My mom, who I lost in 2017 and my younger sister have been my biggest and loudest fans. I have a small group of friends who’ve also been great supporters and from who I constantly ask advice and their opinion.
Blaque: What kind of child were you growing up?
Kelly: As a child, I was very bratty. Not rude all the time (I don’t think), but I definitely had a mouth on me. In school, I was well behaved and studious.
Blaque: Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite, and why?
Kelly: I think Touch Me Softly will always have a special place in my heart (and so will Wyn and Rafe!), but as for my favorite book, I don’t think I’ve written it yet.
Blaque: I can understand that completely. I don’t think I’ve written my favorite book yet either. What is your favorite color?
Kelly: Violet will be my cheeky answer. Honestly, I like shades of purple and gray.
Blaque: LOL. I came to that assumption from your name.
Kelly: Yeah, my name makes it sort of obvious. LOL.
Blaque: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper, or on the computer? Why?
Kelly: I do a lot on my computer nowadays. It’s easier for me. I write on my phone from time to time. I have written on paper before, but it’s just not the best way when I have so many devices now.
Blaque: Where do you get most of your story ideas?
Kelly: I get most of my story ideas from movies, television, or conversations I have. Also, I think back to certain experiences I had or things I’ve seen and think “what if?” What if this happened instead? Or what if I said this, what would happen. That’s what starts a lot of my stories. The more suspenseful stuff, I guess it comes from the dark places in my mind. LOL.
Blaque: If you were offered an all-expense paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Kelly: It’s so hard to choose only one destination!
Blaque: Well, for this question just one will do. LOL.
Kelly: I’d have to go with any place in Europe (spoiler alert: cheat answer) because I could hop over to any country so easy once I land in Europe.
Blaque: Uh-huh! Clever rascal! LOL. I’ll let you have that one.
Kelly: LOL. Sorry.
Blaque: Have you ever used people you know as characters in your books?
Kelly: Yes and no. I use personality traits or stories mostly and expand or change things.
Blaque: I understand that. I have done the same thing in my own writings. So, if your best friend could describe you in one word, what would it be?
Blaque: Great! Loyalty is definitely a great personality trait to have. Do you write full-time, or is writing like a second job?
Kelly: Currently, writing is a second job. Like most folks, I’d like to work at this for more hours in the day, but I love my other career. Ideally, I want a nice balance between the two.
Blaque: Are you a cat, or are you a dog person?
Kelly: I am a dog person. As I get older I don’t mind cats anymore, but I will forever be a dog person.
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
Kelly: I’d like to write books that people will read and enjoy, an auto-buy author for readers. Making lists and winning awards would be nice, but that’s not my end goal. If I achieve those things that wouldn’t mean I was done. I want to push myself for greatness, but on my terms.
Blaque: If your parents could see you right now, would they be proud of you?
Kelly: Yes, I hope my mom would be proud of me. She read some pages of one of my WIPs, and she was so excited, wanting more. I got the greatness charge with that feedback from her.
Blaque: no matter how many books we have already published, most authors always have something in the works. What are you currently working on?
Kelly: I’m working on a New Adult standalone novella. I’m really excited about releasing this story in 2018. I was inspired by a line of poetry in a movie. It triggered my brain in some way, and a piece of poetry practically starts this story.
Blaque: What inspired your latest book?
Kelly: As men and women, we all have baggage. Things that we wished we could change. Experiences that haunt us and try to pull us down into the darkness. Wyn and Rafe find each other the exact moment they are supposed to. And I wanted to write about some of the experiences we have and that moment many of us wish for.
Blaque: How would you describe your personality?
Kelly: I’ve been described as bubbly before. I’m loyal, funny, sarcastic, and observant. Quiet at times, I’m usually sizing situations (and people) up but I also am reading the room to figure out where I fit in, or not!
Blaque: What show(s) did you enjoy watching as a child?
Kelly: I loved the TGIF lineup on ABC in the 90s! Can’t really pick one show.
Blaque: When writing, the word count in some cases is important, and in others not so much. What is the word count of your longest publication?
Kelly: Touch Me Softly is approximately 89K.
Blaque: Wow! A nice bit of book to sink your teeth into.
Kelly: Yes, it is.
Blaque: Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created?
Kelly: Not yet. I really love Wyn and Rafe because they’ll always be the first characters I fully developed. I still have so many characters inching to get out.
Blaque: Well, this interview is coming to a close. I have enjoyed getting to know more about you and your writing.
Kelly: I have enjoyed letting my readers get to know a bit more about me as well. Author is just one of my many hats I like to wear. LOL.
Blaque: I can definitely relate to that. I have just one last request for you. Describe your latest book in just ten words.
Kelly: Angsty, emotional, flirty, hesitant, hopeful, touching, rocky, swoon-worthy, heartwarming, life-altering
Blaque: What great words to describe your work! So, before we shut down this interview, would you like to leave readers with your contact information so that they can reach out to you?
Blaque: Thank you so much for speaking with me today.
Kelly: No, thank you for this great opportunity!
Blaque: Until next time. Happy writing!
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