Hello all! I hope things are going well. Today I have another special treat for you all. Earlier this month I had the wonderful opportunity to Interview Canadian author Kelley Armstrong! I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and being a fellow Canadian have had the chance to meet her and learn from her before, now I get to share some of her knowledge with you guys. Kelley Armstrong has written a multitude of YA novels including: Age of Legends series, Cainsville series, Missing, The Masked Truth, and The Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising series (my personal favorite). She writes in a variety of genres and creates relatable characters. I love her work and am sure one of her books will suit your book needs. Enjoy the interview!
JM – What is the first book that made you cry?
KA – Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.
JM – If you could be in any book universe – written by you, or another author – which one would you choose and why?
KA – Either Narnia or the Harry Potter universe. Narnia was my childhood favourite, and Harry Potter my adult one.
JM – If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
KA – That I’d eventually succeed. I went through some miserable periods of not writing because I’d be too frustrated by rejection. Of course, if I’d known, I might not have kept trying to improve, so maybe that would have hindered more than helped!
JM – Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
KA – I’ve learned not to read them Book edits are the “reviews” that I can use as an author—where an editor or advance reader makes comments and I still have time to fix the book. Once it’s out, I can’t do anything to it, so reviews don’t help!
JM – Was there a specific moment or event in your life that helped you decide to become a writer/ publish your work?
KA – It was never a “this is what I want to be” type decision. I’ve written since childhood, so being a novelist was always a dream, though I knew from a very early age that you couldn’t just go to school and “become” a novelist. So I just wrote, and wrote, and hoped that someday I’d be published.
JM – What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
KA – At this stage in my career, the most challenging aspect is finding a happy medium between satisfying reader expectations and satisfying my own needs to try new things.
JM – Of all the characters you’ve created is there one that resonates most with you, who has a special place in your heart?
KA – That’s like being asked to pick my favourite child! Like my kids, all my main characters are my “favourite” for something. It’s refreshing to change voices.
JM – Where did the inspiration for Chloe’s character come from?
KA – I gave Chloe a few things in common with me so it’d be easy to write about her. We both love movies. We both love to write. We both stutter. The rest, though, is completely Chloe!
JM – What was the hardest scene to write in the Darkest Powers Trilogy?
KA – Oh, it’s been so long since I wrote it that the process itself is a distant memory! I remember struggling with the scene where Liz returns as a ghost. I liked her as a character and hated killing her, especially so early in the trilogy (it happens so early that I don’t consider that a spoiler anymore!)
JM – Is there any scene or character you took out of the series that you could tell us about?
KA – Sorry, no. It really has been so long (I wrote The Summoning in 2006) that I don’t remember which scenes I cut, though I’m sure there are some!
JM – Is there a question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask you but, no one has ever asked? If so what is it and the answer to it?
KA – I’ve been asked so many that I don’t think there’s anything that hasn’t been asked!
A Question from the co-owner of the blog
EH – Do you have any new YA books in the works, particularly any series?
KA – No series. I’m working on standalones right now. With my last trilogy, I found that readers were waiting for all 3 to come out before trying it, which meant that my publisher wasn’t pleased with my sales. So I’m sticking to standalones for a while to avoid that 😉 My next one is tentatively titled Aftermath, and it’s a thriller about a girl who returns to her hometown three years after her brother was involved in a school shooting. That comes out in April 2018.
I hope you enjoyed the interview and perhaps learned something from it. I am currently reading her book Missing so expect a review it soon. Thank you again to Kelley Armstrong for taking the time to answer these questions and continuing to write great books!