Kelly, this is such a treat to visit with you and your followers today. Do they know the running joke about “Sam Lord?”
1) Are sequels easier to write than first novels? Discuss.
What a great question! I don’t think anyone has ever asked me that before. And while I’m not trying to sound wishy-washy, I must say taht both the first one and the subsequent ones have their difficulties. With the first one, I am building a world that will be canon for the rest of the series. Which is fun, but I do have to be thinking ahead and not write a scene or create an element of that culture which would cause problems later. In fact, because I write my sequels right on the heels of my first books, I often go back into book one (if it hasn’t gone to print yet) and tweak things. Sometimes, I feel like I am writing backwards, but it works for me. I certainly did that for The Stag Lord and its sequel, Unholy Blue (aka Sam Lord).
2) How awesome is it that my dog is in this book?! Talk about that. :)
Ah, yes. The awesomeness known as Sam Hager. Yup, Sam (Kelly’s adorable little terrier) was the inspiration for the puppy in Unholy Blue. While the breed is different—Sam is a Silky and the Sam in Unholy Blue is a Labrador mix—the same courage and adorable-ness is all Sam. Plus, the name was perfect. So, when Kelly started referring to Unholy Blue as Sam Lord, I just had to join in.
3) Do you prefer writing adult or YA? How are they different? Is your writing process any different?
Good storytelling is good storytelling, and my writing process is about the same: Write a brief outline, then plunge in and forget to refer to said outline. But, both genres have their strength and weakness. When I first tried adult, I had to push myself to be over the top in order to turn off the YA editor in my head. Once I got going, I did realize there is a freedom in adult stories and also a cage. In YA (and middle grade), I can address Big Questions of Life without coming across as too cheesy.
4) Who are your five favorite authors? J.R.R Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, John Flanagan, Kevin Hearne and Cassandra Clare (for their respective fantasies), M.M. Kaye (for her historical novels), David McCullough (for his biographies of famous Americans), and C.S. Lewis (for his Christian apologetics books)
5) What books are you looking forward to in 2015? They are both by Kevin Hearne: Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi (because Hearne and Star Wars? I know. I know!) and the next book in his Iron Druid series (because Owen. ‘Nuff said.)