The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
My love for Kelley’s work goes back about 20 years now when she captured my attention with Bitten. Her first book and the start of the Women of the Otherworld series, which opened my eyes to a supernatural world I wasn’t expecting to fall so hard for. The books were turned into a pretty awesome TV series that gets huge bonus points for being filmed where I was living at the time! Gotta love Canadian Authors! From supernatural to mythical to mysterious and heart pounding, I have yet to be disappointed by her work.
For the past 6 years we have been invited into a special, secretive world that terrifies and excites the imagination. A tiny town known to very few, where people pay to disappear. Thanks to Raincoast Books, I was able to read an advance copy of A Stranger in Town, Kelley’s newest Rockton adventure that releases Today! (Go get a copy ASAP and check out my review.) I was also over the moon when I was also able to get a mini- interview done with Kelley as part of a Blog Tour she is taking part of. You can check it out down below.
Is there a place from your past that inspired you to create the secretive town of Rockton?
No, I blame my agent at the time. We were talking, and she mentioned hearing that enough people go missing every year to populate a small town. That got me thinking, “What if there was a town where people went to disappear?” From there, I brainstormed until I had an idea for a series.
What is your least favourite part about being a writer?
The business aspects. It can be difficult to reconcile that with the creative aspects. Being an author is like running a small business, and I wasn’t prepared for that. I delegate as much as possible to others to concentrate on the creative parts, but most writers don’t have that luxury!
What, if any, first hand experience do you have with the beasts you write about (human or animal)?
If you mean, for humans, the more monstrous of my antagonists (or protagonists) that is, thankfully, all imagination. The animals are different. Whether it’s portraying a pet or encountering a wild animal, much of it is drawn from real life. That said, A Stranger in Town features a grizzly up-close encounter, which I have thankfully not had. I did base the “mother and two juveniles” on a family I saw along the roadside in the Yukon, where the “babies” were as big as black bears. And we’ve had grizzlies in our yard there, but they leave quickly as soon as they hear us.
What has been your favourite series to work on throughout your career?
I can’t say I have a favorite…or a least favorite. When readers mention them at events, I probably light up as much for each. Perhaps a little less for the oldest one, but only because they aren’t as fresh in my mind—and I’ve spent a lot of time talking about them. I always get most excited about the current ones.
If you could spend a day with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you do?
I’m never good at these questions! I often say Oscar Wilde, because he’s not only one of my favourite writers but he’d also make a very lively dining companion.
So a huge Thank You to Kelley for your wonderful imagination and to Lauren at Raincoast Books for making this happen. I hope you continue to inspire others on their literary journeys.
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