Author Spotlight: Interview with April Kelley, Giveaway

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April Kelley is here to answer some questions for us

Do you have a favourite genre to read and is it what you write?

I write what I like to read, so it’s pretty much everything in the MM Romance genre. In terms of subgenres, paranormal romance will always have my heart.

I’m also reading a lot of cozy mystery lately and that’s been a fun change. I don’t write in the genre but I’m definitely not ruling out the possibility.

What are your favourite types of characters (to write and read)?

As I said above, paranormal romance will always have my heart so along that front, shifters are probably my favorite character to write. I like writing about strong people who don’t know exactly how strong they actually are and people who are largely underestimated.

Quickly, tell us 5 books you loved recently.

The one I’m reading at the moment is called Vanilla Bean Vengeance: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery Book One) by Agatha Frost.

I reread My Fair Captain (Sci-Regency One) by JL Langley

I’ll always love Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

The invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

What’s been your biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

My biggest challenge has probably been the business side of being an author. Simply understand how to organize myself so that I plan accordingly and budget within my means has been by far the biggest challenge. So much so, that I nearly gave up publishing books because of my lack of knowledge in this area. I’ve sense, taken classes and have read a few reference books and that’s helping get me on the right track.

Can you tell us how you get your ideas for your books?

I have no idea LOL. They just come most of the time. Sometimes a premade book cover will spark an idea. Other times I’ll hear someone say something and that will. It’s really very random.

Do you have a favourite type of setting for your books?

I’m from a small farming and tourist town so I’m tied to that type of setting in my real life. I tend to stick with what I know in that regard, so most of my books, including my paranormal romance are all set in small towns.

Which of your book is your favourite?

It’s always the one I’m currently writing. I know people say they’re like children, who can pick a favorite and, as done to death as that phrase is, it’s still true. I think the one I’m most proud of is The Journey of Jimini Renn. The series I enjoy writing the most is Wingspan. The one that’s the most popular is Saint Lakes. I’m writing book Nine on that series right now, so that’s my current favorite. When I’m finished with the first draft, I’ll move on to a book set in the Saint Lakes Universe called Blackwing and that will be my favorite.

What I’m most looking forward to writing in 2021 is a six-book series (currently untitled). The main trope is omegaverse and it’s set in a small, lake town with a little mystery twist. I’ll talk more about it in my newsletters so you can go to my website and sign up if you’re interested in learning more.

What’s your writing process like and/or how do you research for your stories?

From an idea I start planning. This usually involves some form of research, which I write down. The character development usually comes first and then I create plot points. From there I outline. About a third of the way through my outline usually changes because the story carries me along.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

Through my stories I get to connect with people, both readers and other writers. That’s invaluable.

And lastly, what advice would you give a new writer?

Learn your craft first. Read books in your genre and reference materials, take classes, etc. Whatever makes it possible for you to understand that learning is a lifelong process.

And just for fun,

Give us 5 points about your book.
  1. It’s an MM Small town romance with a mystery

  2. It’s set in a town called Pickleville

  3. The chief of police has commitment issues

  4. Kyler’s a young mechanic who’s just looking for a deeper connection

  5. The crime that’s taking place has the whole town scared

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