This week we chatted with author Trisha J. Kelly who comes to us from the U.K. She’s a multi-genre, best selling author and we’re so pleased she took time out of her busy schedule.
What do you write?
I’m a multi-genre author. Cozy, mystery, crime, children, middle-grade. Those are my published books. I’m also working on YA, horror, historical fiction and a contemporary comedy. All my books are enrolled with Kindle Unlimited available as E-books and paperback. I always keep my books at £0.99 (approx $1.25 USD) so everyone can afford to read them.
When did you start writing?
I started writing this time around, in November 2016. It was at a time in my life I wanted a change, writing was something I’ve always wanted to do. As a child I wrote poetry and won first prize in a national competition. I then went on to write a few poems in the early 90’s which were published alongside other authors.
Back then I wrote a book for children called the Bromington Nomad. I didn’t do anything with it, it’s still in a folder. All these years later I’ve taken that fictional place and I’m using it in my current set of cozy books.
So, in November 2016 I wrote my first book. The first in a middle-grade series called Discovering Witchetty Waters. It took off, I won two awards and hit some No.1 hotspots on Amazon in Hot New Releases and Children’s Books. It was an honour to be sandwiched among the great writers, even if for a short while!
Describe your writing space.
Most of the year we stay in our caravan which is right beside the seafront on the West Norfolk coast in the UK. It is central for my husband’s work and we have a beach on the doorstep. This is a great playground for our dogs (or it was) sadly, we lost one this January after nearly 14 years of cuddles and fun. Our other dog is a monkey for his age, so we don’t let him off the lead alone now, for a little guy he is still full of mischief! So, this is my space and it’s a great one for writing.
Who is your favourite character?
This has got to be Rosie, Rosie Wodehouse in my Bromington series. She has a great personality, loving, generous, astute and a tiny bit fragile. She also has great resolve and doesn’t let life get her down when times have been tough.
Does one of the characters hold a special place in your heart, and why?
Again, this is Rosie Wodehouse. Sometimes in life do you ever think, I wish I could turn back the clock? Do things differently? I suppose in Rosie, I’m living the alternate side of life through her. I’ve had some great times and I love my family, but if I had my time again, I would never have married the wrong guy the first time! I would have met my husband ten years earlier, and then this would have been my dream, investigating! Living in a gorgeous property and raising my family in an idyllic place. So, as a writer, I’m giving this lady my ‘perfect’ life! If that makes sense.
Can you hear your characters talking?
Yes. All the time. It’s important to step in their shoes and ‘feel’ your characters.
How do you select the name of your characters?
I try and match character names with their personalities, also their setting. For example: I wrote a middle-grade series which won two awards (of which I’m very proud!) so the first baddie, who lives in a secluded cabin was called Septimus Dread! I like original names too.
Do you ever Google yourself?
Guilty!! Especially when I first began. I counted every link and how many Google pages I appeared on!
What do you hope your readers take away from your books?
My heart and soul. When we write, we project our personalities into everything we create. I hope people can feel my characters, believe my stories and enjoy them. Can’t ask for any more than that really.