I would like to thank the talented Kelly Cove for sitting down with me to answer a few questions. Learn a little about her books, her writing style, and a few fun personal facts! Be sure to come back on Thursday for my review of her newest release The Hidden Falling, which releases April 20th!!!
Kelly: Thanks so much for having me!
When did you first start writing?
Kelly: I first started writing in 2020.
Why did you start writing?
Kelly: When my characters first came to me in a dream, they wouldn’t leave me alone.
What or who inspires your writing?
Kelly: Mainly it’s dreams where my inspo comes from, but it can hit at the most random times. It can be while I’m listening to music, seeing art on my social feed, watching a tv show, or taking a walk. It hits randomly for me and I have to stop what I’m doing to write notes down.
Is writing a therapeutic process for you? How does your writing help you?
Kelly: Writing has definitely not come easy to me, but it has helped me in many ways that reading has done. It lets me escape the world for a little while to sort of reset myself.
What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Hmm… writing the middle part for me. I’m impatient, so when I see a scene I’m really excited to get to (usually toward the end) I find it difficult to put the pieces together to get there.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Kelly: Panster. I see some scenes, and that’s all I really know for the story. I tried plotting, but my characters throw it out by chapter four haha.
What comes first for you – the plot of the characters – and why?
Kelly: Characters. I see them first, unusually in a scene that’s sad or heartbreaking. The plot just kinda comes after and can be changing as I write.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
Kelly: Honestly, I just listen to them. When I’m fully immersed in my writing, I just see a movie in my head and my fingers do the work. When I go back and edit, that’s when I fine tune things as I know the plot and characters by then.
How do you handle writer’s block?
Kelly: Binge whatever gives you dopamine. It could be reading, tv shows, video games. I can’t force myself out of it, so I fill my well, so to speak, and then I read back through my own work and hope that kicks myself back into gear. I had writer's block for four months and it just took patience on my part to be able to get back to where I was with writing.
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
Kelly: Write it. Your first draft is for your eyes only. It doesn't matter if it is filled with red lines and two hundred word chapters. I treat my first draft as my outline, the real work comes with editing, but by then, you will know your characters and plot. I would also say don’t worry about the word count, and that any amount of time spent writing, researching etc, it’s all time spent toward your book.
What is your favorite part of publishing? What is your least favorite part?
Kelly: My favorite part is seeing people excited to read my book, and that it could give someone an escape for a little while. My least favorite? The nerves haha. It’s petrifying to have something you have poured your soul into out into the world, but it is worth it.
What do you think is the most important part of publishing after you finish writing your manuscript?
Kelly: To still be active on social platforms, but to also start the next book.
Did you choose to write romance or did it choose you?
Kelly: It chose me, I couldn’t write anything else.
Do you base your characters on real people?
Kelly: Definitely not real people, though maybe a god or two.
What was the hardest scene to write, and why?
Kelly: Ahh, that’s an easy one for me. Possible spoiler alert for The Hidden Falling. Towards the end of the book where Rhea speaks to her mom. I shed many tears while writing that scene. She got to speak to her mother again for the last time. In some ways, I’m sure we can all relate to wanting to speak to a loved one that has passed again.
If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?
Kelly: Darius, you have a lot to make up for, asshole.
What is your favorite quote from one of your books?
Kelly: Under the moonlight, the darkest of nights shine the brightest - The Hidden Falling
What is your favorite trope to write?
Kelly: Enemies to lovers. I love the battle, the fight until they give in haha.
How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
Kelly: A dark, fantasy romance lover who has a soft spot for possessive alpha-holes who will give him a chance to put things right.
Are your books wide or only in Amazon?
Kelly: They are in kindle unlimited.
Tell us a little about each book or a little about a new release?
Kelly: The Hidden falling is a dark, enemies to lovers fantasy romance. It's about a woman who will do anything to protect those she loves, and an enemy who will eventually do anything for her.
What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
Kelly: Music and to not be disturbed. I find any sort of distraction throws me off.
What is your favorite writing snack or drink?
Kelly: Coffee or water, I don’t really snack as I write.
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
Kelly: Take a deep breath haha. I give myself two weeks to relax before I dive into edits.
How many hours a day do you write?
Kelly: Around three hours. It depends how long the chapter is or how much spare time I have during the day.
Be sure to follow Kelly!
The Hidden Falling - https://books2read.com/u/bzKB2q
Website - https://www.authorkellycove.com/