Hello, all! Today I have an interview with author Kellyn Roth. While I’ve yet to read any of her novels (*sad face*), I’ve come to really admire Kellyn for her hard work and dedication to her writing/career as an author. Her newest novel–Ivy Introspective–was recently released into the world and, though it’s the second in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series, I’ve been told that you can read it as a stand-alone (yay!). Here’s a little summary of the book!
In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?
Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.
Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.
In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.
And without further ado, here’s my interview with Kellyn. 🙂
Welcome to the blog, Kellyn! To start this interview, why don’t we begin at…the beginning! When and why did you start writing?
Honestly, the why is a blur to me, but I was seven. I think I just wanted to! I’ve always enjoyed stories, and I certainly forced my brother to act out enough of them.
Besides, I’m the type of person who likes to imitate everything in my life – if I see paintings, I try to mine them – if I hear music, I try to play it.
I can’t really paint that well. Even my stick figures aren’t that convincing! And I’d call myself a mediocre musician, depending on the instrument. Writing, though? That just clicked!
I can relate! I’m bad to mediocre at most arts, except writing (I hope!). But in terms of our differences, I’m pursuing traditional publishing, while you’ve gone a different route. How did you decide to go with self-publishing instead of traditional?
Because I’m not usually very traditional. 😉
In all seriousness, I can be traditional about some things, but when it comes to how I do jobs, that just ain’t the case. I want to write my own way – and I want the books to be done my own way – and I sure want to get a big slice of the royalties for my effort!
Also, I’m thinking that, unless some major shifts come into play, traditional publishing is going to be absolutely obscure in a decade. Of course, we all hope it’ll adapt – but if it doesn’t, well, I won’t fall with it.
I don’t think self-publishing faces the same likelihood of obscurity because it is run by individuals. An individual can adapt so much faster than an organization! That said, if traditional publishing hasn’t faded by the time I get there, I’d like to try it out some time!
I’d just have to stop working on this big long series. And … I doubt I’ll drag myself away for a while!
Those are some interesting insights! You’ve definitely poured your heart and soul into self-publishing…and into your books. What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
Ooh, where to begin? ALL THE PARTS. Well, the brainstorming, the outlining, the writing, and the blabbing about my writing to anyone who will listen. However …
Haha! You must love book tours, since it gives you a chance to really talk about your books. Conversely, what’s your least favorite part of being a writer?
Editing. Ick. Why do people have to edit again? I love just throwing my thoughts onto the page, but actually organizing them …? No. Sorry, folks, but I’m out. Yet it must be done!
Editing is useful, but not super fun–for you or me, it seems. 😛 What’s your favorite piece of writing advice?
Can I make up one of my own? Well, it’s not precisely my own, but it’s not an official “writing quote” that goes on graphics and gets shared around on Facebook.
Basically, learn to think of writing as a craft and accept criticism! The more you let people hate you, and the more you don’t bellyache about it, the more you’ll grow as a writer.
Put in the effort on the fundamentals and don’t get ahead of yourself. If you can learn to write well and understand the craft behind writing a novel, you’ll be ahead of most published authors.
That’s great advice! Constructive critiscm is hard to accept–at least it is for me–but it really can make your writing so much better. Along the lines of advice and such, do you have any tips for writers looking to dive into self-publishing?
Do your research on genre trends, hire a cover designer, hire an editor if you can afford it, and think of it as a business unless you want it to be a hobby forever. Oh, and remember that you have to handle everything – and that includes building a thriving platform of readers!
However, also know that it’s okay to take it slow, and you want to do everything you do to serve others. So keep that in mind as you build your email list or Instagram page!
If you’re willing to adjust your method regularly, and to keep trying, and to work hard, this is probably the job for you.
Patience is key! But so is what you said about hiring an editor, cover designer, etc. Before you go, I’d just like to ask…do you have any habits/rituals that you practice before/while writing? (Lighting a candle, opening a window, getting a hot drink, etc.)
Not really! I just write as best I can wherever I am with whatever I’ve got. I prefer to write on the couch or at my desk, but I’ve been known to write on a table at a restaurant amongst the dishes or while screaming children are running around my park bench!
Bye, Kellyn! Thanks for answering my questions. ❤
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves border collies. A ranch girl with a love for storytelling, she’s been writing since she was seven and published since she was fourteen.
Kell lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, cat, and three puppy-dogs. When not writing, she teaches writing and talks about writing, but she also enjoys other things. She just can’t think of any right now.
Have you read any of Kellyn Roth’s books? What’s your favorite piece of writing advice?