With scheduling and unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to interview Kelly during the month of December when the blog tour was happening, but I’d still like to introduce you to Kelly Said, another of the talented contributing authors to the Make Believe anthology. In case you haven’t yet had the chance to pop over to Kelly’s site, you can find it here. In the meantime, please give a resounding welcome! (Whoot! Whoot! Clap Clap!)
Ooo! Home! My favorite place to be–aside from the bookstore or library, hehe! When I’m home, I’m in my writer’s wardrobe of soft pants, fuzzy socks, comfy shirt, with my hair up in a messy bun or braided back so I can wear a knit or crochet beanie. Then, in no particular order, it’s either, reading, writing, hanging out laughing with my Hubs, playing around with our bullyboy Jayne (I’m a huge Firefly/Serenity fan, so, yeah, I named my dog after Jayne Cobb, hehe! 🙂 ), checking in on my social network sites, or doing chores. Actually, chores come last, pretty much always, hehe!
I hear you! Chores are pretty much at the bottom of my list of things to do, too! And I’m a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity so I think it’s cool that you named your dog Jayne. 🙂
For anyone reading your blog lately, you seem to be fascinated by other writers’ workspaces. Please allow me to turn the table on you. What does YOUR workspace look like?
Hehe! Yes, I’m always curious how “other writer’s do it,” like, how do they manage the demands of their daily lives and whip out these amazing stories?! It all looks so effortless on the outside, but once we get a peek inside, it’s nice to see that they’re just like me, working hard to balance everything and writing where and when they can. Here’s a pic of my writing space. I don’t have a desk, so I set up a table tray next to the couch in the living room and make sure I have everything close at hand, computer, caffeine, and a sweet treat (usually a cookie 🙂 ).
Oooo, I just had a ‘Twilight Zone‘ moment! That looks like MY workspace – same laptop, although the TV table and coffee cup look a bit different! 🙂
What one thing that you’ve ever seen or done has been the most inspiring for you and your writing? In other words, what made you start writing in the first place?
When I was little, I drew. A lot. Like, a lot a lot. I also liked to read, devouring books in a day sometimes. So, it felt natural for me to try and tell my own stories, only, instead of drawing them, I wrote them out. Mostly for fun, or for creative writing classes. I didn’t take myself seriously until a couple years ago, when I summoned the courage to write a story based on a prompt and submit it for publication. That was my story in Fangtales and I’ve been having so much fun writing that I’ve just kept going. I think that’s the key, to just keep writing, keep making new art, finishing what you start, and moving on to the next idea. 🙂
Wow! We have so much in common! I dabbled in drawing, myself, and was even asked to illustrate a children’s book, but I prefer using words to paint a story. 🙂
Like the other authors of Make Believe, you were given the picture prompt, which became the anthology cover. What did the picture tell you when you first saw it and how did that first impression evolve into Petrified?
When I saw the picture, my first literal thought was, “What the heck is this girl doing out in the middle of this snow covered field wearing only a cape? She’s got bare arms for goodness sake and she’s not leaving any footprints behind, why?” I figured she wasn’t expecting the drastic change in weather, and once I figured that she was summoned there for some sort of emergency, the rest of the world just built itself from there. I actually did a bit too much world building and had to work to condense it down to the 10k word requirements.
Maybe we’ll see more of that world in future? (hint! hint!) 🙂
Since little girls are always looking for a prince to sweep them off to distant lands, what is it about Prince Sterling that would attract a princess, lady-in-waiting or a young wicca?
Well, I like to think of Sterling as someone who’s swoon-worthy although not entirely perfect, he’s still got a lot of things to learn and is willing to do so, he’s loyal, has a strong sense of duty and respect, loves fiercely, and has a tender heart that only a few are allowed to see. I think that’s an incredible thing, being that special, trusted girl, the only one granted access to the soft spots of another’s heart.
Speaking of wicca, there was a woman in my first writers group who practiced wicca and was instrumental in helping me understand how magic works so I could use it properly in my own story. When creating your character, Lochlyn (love the name, by the way!), what research did you have to do in order to present the magic in such a knowledgeable way?
I think that is the coolest thing, that you were able to meet with people to chat about craft, especially the healing properties of certain herbs and such. I didn’t have that valuable of a resource so I used what I knew about wicca through non-fiction books and did a lot of pondering on current medical practices, ordinary people and our relationship to nature or the world around us, for instance, how did we figure a way to use divining rods to find water, or how some cultures dance to call for rain, or how medicine men/women use their knowledge of the minerals and plant life around them to ease the aches of others? Then, well, I took some creative liberties and amped up the qualities of calling to the elements and gave my Wiccae’s the ability to bend space and time to travel to where they’d been summoned. 🙂
That’s the beauty of fiction! lol
The magical incantations you used in the story appeared to be Celtic. Did you study the language or were they just made-up words that look like they could be Celtic or are they based on another language entirely?
I hope they’re not made up words, as I searched and asked and proofed them in the hopes that they were genuine. It’s difficult when you’re not fluent in the language, to know whether you have the translation correct, so many things can be misinterpreted with a misplaced letter or apostrophe, what one person means as hello can take on a terrible opposite if not translated correctly. 🙂
I know what you mean. I’ve attempted to put bits and pieces of other languages in my stories but have been fortunate to have people proof them so they are as accurate as possible. I love that you used real Celtic words, as it is a language I’d like to learn more about, some day. 🙂
Petrified is a wonderful story and I would love to see more of the characters. What are your thoughts about expanding the story into a novel or larger format? Would you consider it? Why or why not?
Thank you so much, I had a lot of fun spending time in that world, hehe! I do have some rough outlines for a potential expansion, I mean, when I was writing I felt very much like Petrified was a prelude to a bigger story. Maybe we’ll see more of Sterling and Lochlyn sometime in the future. 🙂
Oh, I certainly hope so! 🙂
I understand you have a story in another anthology or two. Please tell us about Tidal Whispers and Fangtales and where can we find them?
Thank you! Tidal Whispers is another anthology released by J.Taylor Publishing in June 2012, based on a prompt requiring the story to feature water elementals. My story, Pearl of Pau’maa, is about an island girl named Miki forced to choose between marrying a local wealthy boy or risk starving with the other villagers, but before she seals her fate, she takes one final dive to her hidden lobster trap at the bottom of the sea. What she finds is a treasure that can not be claimed without great sacrifice or true love. I had a lot of fun writing this story and it made me giggle to see some reader reviews calling for a secondary character get his comeuppance, hehe!
Both stories sound like they’ll be a lot of fun to read. I’ll have to check them out! 🙂
What are your writing plans for the future? Any Works In Progress you’d like to tell us about – unless you’re superstitious about talking about it? If that’s the case, forget I said anything!
Hehe! I’m not superstitious or anything, I appreciate you asking! I’m currently working on a short story for another anthology submission coming up. I’m sorry I don’t have a blurb or excerpt for you yet, the story is so new and fresh, only 1500 words in and I find that some ideas I express in early drafts don’t always make the final cut. It’s, like, my early drafts are heavy with world building, character backstory, and detailed descriptions of settings. It’s only after I take my editing machete and start ruthlessly hacking away during revisions that I get to the meat of the story, the core conflict, the most interesting parts of all.
Okay, I am now officially intrigued. Please let us know when it’s done!
If my readers would like to learn more about you, are there any social media links you’d like to share with us?
Sure! My website and blog are found on kellysaid.com
My twitter handle is @Kelly_Said (twitter.com/Kelly_Said) where I can be found tweeting all sorts of silly randomness and helpful links I like.
And finally, my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellySaid where I sometimes share funny or inspirational pics, more personal updates about me, it’s the place where I like all the things! hehe!
Any final words before we go?
I would just like to thank you so much for hosting me on your amazing blog, it was such a pleasure exchanging emails with you and your questions totally made me smile. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed the experience and I want to thank you for joining us, today, Kelly. I wish you the best of luck with your writing career. 🙂
For those of you who missed it, my review of Petrified is here. I hope it will encourage you to pick up your own copy of Make Believe. Oh, and please check out her other stories. I know I will! 🙂