Jelly tip chocolate, hot male protagonists – and a new release!
Today the Paisley Piranhas are delighted to welcome Kelly St Clare to the aquarium. Kelly writes fantasy novels, and has just written a sci-fi/speculative novel that’s right up our street – so we wanted to find out more.
PP: Hello, Kelly! Make yourself at home. Don’t stick your fingers in the tank, we’re not sure how well trained the piranhas are. Can I get you a cup of tea? Would you like some chocolate? Silly question; you’re a writer – what sort of chocolate do you like and I’ll see what I can set my hands on?
KSC: Tea, please! Milk, no sugar, and the bag left in. As for chocolate, have you tried Cadbury’s Jelly Tip chocolate? Heaven in my mouth. Wait, I can give you one of the just-in-case blocks from my handbag to try.
PP: Ooh, thank you – that won’t last long around here *hides it down the back of the sofa, out of sight of the other Piranhas* Right, well, a big thank you for coming. We’re always excited to meet new YA authors. What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?
KSC: I love reading and the thought of what went into a novel behind-the-scenes always amazed me. I remember telling my dad I’d love to be a writer. It was a dream. But like most aspiring authors, writing seemed like an impossible career. Where to even start?! Everything clicked into place for me the day I woke up with the idea for The Tainted Accords. I had to write the story – there was no other option. It made the decision easy.
PP: Which of your characters would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
KSC: I feel like I should go with one of my hot male protagonists, but they’re like my children, so that’s too weird. I’m going to say, Houston; The not-quite-from-this-earth doctor in my new book, The Retreat. He is extremely intelligent – not to mention, entertaining (in an oddball kind of way) – and I think the hours could whittle away as I tried to figure him out. If that’s even possible …
PP: Oh, yes, I’ll join you in that lift – Houston would be hugely entertaining! (Although if any of your hot male protagonists wanted to join us, I wouldn’t complain…) Ahem. If we suddenly descended into a totalitarian police state where the writing of fiction was banned, what would you do instead?
KSC: Set up an underground rebellion for starters. That’s not a future I’d accept. But by day I’d be a travelling musician. The perfect recruitment cover.
PP: I like your thinking ! What one thing that you know now do you wish you’d known when you were sixteen?
KSC: That you don’t ever really know who you are, because you continually change as you age. But you will know yourself better in ten years. So don’t sweat it!
PP: In three words, why do you love books?
KSC: The ultimate escape.
PP: What are you working on now – and when does it hit bookstores?
My new book, The Retreat, actually came out today. It’s the first in The After Trilogy and follows a young woman named Romy – oh, and she’s a genetically enhanced space soldier. I shouldn’t forget to mention that.
The book is set in a post-global-warming Earth, which isn’t a big deal … until Romy crash lands there with her four best friends.
PP: Oh, whoop, whoop! Happy publication day! I guess you don’t have time for anything else at the moment, then?
KSC: Well, aside from that, the fourth and final book in my first series, The Tainted Accords, comes out October 10th. That’s currently away with beta readers. Busy, busy!
PP: Never a dull moment! Finally, the Paisley Piranhas like to share the love because we know how wonderful it is to find a new book or author to fall in love with. Can you recommend a (YA) book or a writer we might not have heard of that we really should try?
KSC: SO many. There are tonnes of epic YA Authors. Off the top of my head; Michelle Bryan, Barbara Kloss, Melissa A. Craven, Laura Thalassa, Jaymin Eve, and Kayla Howarth. Those are some of my ‘one-clicks’ as I like to call them.
PP: Wow, fabulous, they could keep us going for a while. We’ll check them out. Thank you so much for coming, Kelly – and best of luck with your launch!
Check back for Katy Haye’s review of The Retreat on Thursday.