Welcome to Kelly Oram, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest! Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and four children.
Don’t miss the rest of Kelly’s interview at:
Part 1 – Wednesday, Jan. 8 @ Terri Bruce
Part 3 – Friday, Jan. 10 @ E.M. LaBonte
Part 4 – Monday, Jan. 13 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
Part 5 – Tuesday, Jan. 14 @ www.vickilempweavil.com
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. My laptop is like my 5th child. I usually do a basic out line on paper and then have files filled with notes. I usually write from home but if I need to get out of the house for a bit I love to go to the library. If my small town had a Barnes and Noble or a Starbucks, I’d probably frequent both to get my writing done.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? Balance? I wish!! I go crazy trying to balance everything. If I ever get it figured out, I’ll let you know.
When do you write? I now write full time, so I start in the morning and finish in the evening. But I’ll still work when I have those sleepless nights if I’m not caught up in a good book.
What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written? I was completely floored by the dozens upon dozens of letters I received after I published V is for Virgin. I had so many people write to tell me how much they appreciated that book, and who shared their own personal struggles/stories about virginity. There are some amazing people out there and I was completely flattered and shocked to know that I’d touched their lives in such a way.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? My husband! I know you said other than my family, but seriously, I couldn’t do it without him. Other than that, I have a small group for friends that will read and give me feedback on all my crappy first drafts of my books. My beautiful betas are more help to me than they know.
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? I try not to read reviews at all. I try to just focus on the fact that I love my stories and hey, they’re selling…so that’s awesome.
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both
Where can readers stalk you:
Other: google plus : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KellyOram/posts
UNGIFTED: Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.
There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.
In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.
I won’t have these links until the book is available in February, but here are the links to the first book in this series…
EON LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16047646-chameleon