Author Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in a small town in Topeka Kansas. I spent a great deal of time playing outside at creeks and lakes. During this time I would imagine and create stories for hours. My younger years I was quite anxious because my Mom was not well. I think creating stories was an outlet from the reality of worrying about my mom.

When did you first start writing?

I used to write poems and stories when I was quite young thinking they would make my mom feel better. I would leave them on the pillow next to her before I left for school. I always enjoyed the writing assignments in class and would look forward to coming home and not only writing them but reading them to someone as well.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

 Yes, it was about a little girl that was lost in the woods and met a frog that helped her find her way home. I use to love catching tadpoles in the creeks around our house.

 What’s the story behind your latest book?

When I was 7 years old I was visiting my Aunts house and just like the book she actually lived in the yellow farm house across the parking lot from the mortuary. A bunch of my cousins and I dared each other to creep up to the basement windows and peer in. Never turning down a dare, I had to go look. Funny thing is that there wasn’t anything to see but between all of us cousins we saw scary things in that basement. This is where Fairy Tale Murders idea was born. From then on I have spent many years thinking about it and coming up with the story line.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

I really needed to put my idea for this story down on paper. It was very important to start the book and finish it. Having three boys and a busy home life I didn’t have much time to write, until the Real Estate market crashed. The double edge sword of slow business and extra time on my hands enabled me to take the time to write Fairy Tale Murders.

 What is your writing process?

TIME…I really needed a few hours of time to dive into the process uninterrupted. After I first start writing I struggled with the craziness of a house of 5 but after I really started emerging myself into the characters I was able to tune everything out and become part of my story. I found myself writing for hours on end just because I was afraid to stop the flow.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

 The Little Prince was the first story I ever read and I actually love it so much that I carry a copy in my work bag and make it a point to read it whenever I feel life is stressful. It really brings me back to what the most important things in life are and it helps center me.

The Little Prince may be the first story I ever read, however, the most memorable story I remember having read to me, by my mom, was The Monster at the End of the book. It is one of my fondest memories remembering the excitement that my mom reading that book created.

How do you approach cover design?

I had no idea how to design the cover. Luckily one of my friends, Audra Little, is an amazing Photographer and helped come up with the cover. I had a different idea for what I thought it should like and she went a completely different direction which proved why I should stick to writing and not cover design. Thank you Audra!

 What are your five favorite books, and why?

  1. The Little Prince ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupery — Once again this book reminds me what the important things in life are.
  2. Canterbury Tales by Chaucer — In college I took a class which read the Canterbury Tales in Old English. Professor Homer of that class made it so fun and interesting that I became a huge fan and learned some things along the way about the pilgrimage.
  3. It by Steven King — Literally the scariest book I have ever read in my high school years, it will haunt me forever. The clown in the book was so terrifying and I couldn’t put the book down. This may be why I have a little darker sense of humor. Although the new clown in American Horror Story Freakshow may just have Steven Kings clown beat. It really scares me to death!
  4. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe (Poem) — I love the way Poe explores life and death. It has a way of finding a home inside your psyche and all the sudden I am remembering lines from it that stay with me.
  5. Post Mortem Patricia Cornwell — This was Patricia Crowell’s first book and I looked the character of Kay Scarpetta. It was because of this main character that I became an instant fan.

What do you read for pleasure?

I love reading mystery novels with lots of twist and turns. Anything with suspense will keep me captivated. I have ventured out into other Genre but always come back to the mysteries. I like trying to figure out what’s going to happen and if I am surprised then that’s an even better bonus. I enjoy happy endings even in mysteries; I like to feel good when I finish the book.

Who are your favorite authors?

  1. Chaucer
  2. Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Patricia Cornwall
  4. Stephen King
  5. James Patterson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

When I am writing I can be in a completely different world that I am creating. I get lost in writing but in a good way. I can write for hours just because I enjoy it so much. Finishing Fairy Tale Murders was the first goal, now I really want to see how far I can go with it.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I have spent much of my time working as a Realtor for over 20 years and managing clients, transactions and closings. I also juggle my busy work schedule with all my boys’ activities. Never a dull moment!

What do your fans mean to you?

The fact that anyone has read my book means a great deal to me. I have a core group of people that have really been with me every step of the way. Every time I get notice of a book sale or review it is still exciting because without the readers out there I wouldn’t be where I am with Fairy Tale Murders. The fan support right now is more important now than ever and I appreciate every one.

What are you working on next?

The sequel to Fairy Tale Murders is underway. The beast within Stan has not gone away and before long he will emerge again. The journey for Stan and Detective Kingsley is a story unfinished. Stay tuned!

To learn more about author Kelly Money and her writing, click here to listen to this Blog Talk Radio interview.

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