Welcome to Author Talk. Today I have the wonderful honour of interviewing Kellie Wallace
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My father used to read to me when I was a child so I guess that birthed my love of writing. I wrote my first ‘series’ when I was 12 and didn’t write again until I was 17. In 2015, I’ll have six books published. I’m aiming to release one or two every year. My ultimate dream is to find that one agent, sell that one book and catapult my writing career. I can only dream, right?
Wow! That is so inspirational Kellie. I wish you all the best for your dreams and aspirations! Now I want to find out more about you
About You as a Writer
- What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ultimate dream is to find an agent, sell a book to the big six and live off my writing. I don’t want to be ‘famous’, but I would like to be well known.
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing professionally for a few years, but I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a child.
- Which writers inspire you?
- Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
That’s a good question. I have two books coming out in April. Only one I can envision actors. Garrett Hedlund would be perfect for my male MC for my dystopian.
- What is the easiest thing about writing?
I don’t think there’s anything easy about writing but I think once the final proof is at the editor, I can breath a moment of relief.
- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Lately its been taking me over 6 months, but I’m hoping to get that down to 3 months
- Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I get it all the time. My advice is to step back and a take a moment away from your work. This can be a few hours or a month. I go for walks, start other projects and back away for a little bit.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I don’t read as much as I should, but I’m very inspired by US author Tami Hoag.
- For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
You can’t beat a paperback but for convenience e-books.
- Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Once I finish a book, I edit it about 3 times, then head it over to beta readers. They are amazing!
- Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I’m very impatient. As soon as I finish a book, I go straight to editing it.
- When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I can’t really pinpoint it, but it’s always been my passion. A few years ago, I knew I really wanted to do this for a living.
- Why do you write?
I don’t have an answer to that question! I guess I write to escape. I get to travel and live other lives in my books.
- Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I work full time, so I write during my spare time.
- Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
I write on a computer and rely on my phone to write down notes if I think of them when Im away from the computer.
- Where do the your ideas come from?
This is probably my most asked question. I get ideas from the smallest things, from movies, tv shows, other books, an advertisement. Once I get an idea, I like to sit on it and then stem the book from there.
- Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
A bit of both. I get the general plot and then write it. I usually come up with things as I go. If I haven’t thought of anything passed chapter three, I don’t panic yet. It will eventually come to me.
- How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
My creativity has changed so much since my first book. I put it down to my getting older, reading other books, meeting writers and exposing myself to the industry.
- What is the hardest thing about writing?
- What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
- How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
I market my books through blog posts and social media. I find this is how readers search and locate possible books to read. This way they can find an author they like and become loyal to their work.
- Would you or do you use a PR agency?
- Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Know your audience and don’t spam people. You will put them off.
- How do you relax?
- What is your favourite book and why?
Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag. It changed my life. Her writing is exceptional and it ignited my love for Southern America. I think I read it 40 times over ten years.
- Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully with an agent and a great book deal with the big 6
- What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be positive and work hard
- Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Rita Hayworth because she epitomes the 1940s and was a goddess.
I love your straight forward approach to your writing. You seem so unaffected by all the hype. You are a prolific reader, if you continue the way you want to be, you will have many books on the shelves. Now, moving on to learn more about
About Your Books
- What genre are your books?
I can’t stick to one genre, but the two I write most are historical fiction and fantasy.
- What draws you to this genre?
I love anything to do with the 1940s and have a good knowledge on it so I like to express that passion and interest in my books.
- How much research do you do?
Lots. My latest book was set during the London Blitz so I had to do a lot of research and read people’s accounts to ensure my book was relevant.
- Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom?
- What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I once read an article from an author who said if you get negative reviews, you’re officially a professional author.
- What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
I use social media for promotion and I’ve found that has helped with sales. I use Facebook and my website. Being on social media allows my readers to interact with me and keep up to date with my published works.
- Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
Post on a community site.
- Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
Do not spam your readers, it will put them off.
- Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I have developed a good working relationship with a book store near me where I’ve given away a few copies of my books. I think it’s a good way to expand your brand and interact with your readers. I don’t do what I do to get paid – I do to write.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Work hard and don’t let rejection dampen your spirit
- Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Digital seems to be the dominant medium nowadays and I think its here to stay.
Kellie, I can’t wait to find out more about your current book. I must look for your books in my bookshop.
About Your Current Book
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My character Alex Locke from my New Adult dystopian Edge of Tomorrow is a leader with a good heart. He lives in a post apocalyptic world where tyranny rules. He loves his family and friends but only wants the best for them. I wanted to create a character who readers can relate to and root for when things go tough. I’m proud of how he turned out.
- What are you working on at the minute?
My first science fiction. Its a very fun medium to write. A lot of creativity freedom.
- What’s it about? (*if relevant)
The title is pending but my sci fi is about an assassin who begins to question his belief when he kills his latest target. Its a work in progress.
- Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
I have very talented book cover designers!
- Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Definitely. If a cover is good quality, its like a beacon. It will draw potential readers to your work.
- How are you publishing this book and why?
Traditional. I like having the support of a publisher and their tools to aid my writing career. (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
- How can readers discover more about you and you work?
They can check out my website at http:///kelliewallacebooks.com
Thank you Kellie for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. I really appreciate it. I wish you all the best for the future.
Please list all of your published books here.
- Darkness Before Dawn
- To Lean On Falling Men
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Her Sweetest Downfall
- Website: http://kelliewallacebooks.com
- Blog: http://kelliewallacebooks.com
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/kelliewallacebooks
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/kelliewallace85
- Amazon Author Page: