Interview with Kelly McClymer

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Charleston, South Carolina (USA), where my father was born and raised. My mother was a transplanted Yankee, having moved from Queen with her twin sister to live with their older sister's family. The southern storytelling roots run deep on my father's side, and my two New-York-City-fireman uncles on my mother's side could tell tall tales with a Yankee flavor.

No matter where or with whom we were sharing a holiday table, the stories never stopped. And even when repeated every year (never the exact same way twice, of course), they never stopped offering me amusement and insight into my large and diverse extended family. In my childhood, my family moved back and forth between South Carolina and Delaware, and the differences between the North and South in the States was indelibly etched on my soul, preparing me to deeply embrace the idea of walking in another's shoes and seeing things from many perspectives before making a judgment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent published book, THE EX FILES, is a chicklit tale of a young woman who has marriage on her to do list, but no current man in her life. When challenged to prove she hasn't overlooked Mr. Right because her list of husbandly qualifications is a little too stringent, she embarks upon a quest to see if she has been a tad overly judgmental.

This idea sparked from watching my daughter navigate the dating world of the modern young woman, which had become a little more hazardous to navigate what with his and her ambitions and lifestyles not always being as easy to reconcile. It was fun to play in this world, especially since I married my husband in college, and we've never really had to navigate those differences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation to become an indie author was the lure of putting my out-of-print backlist back into the hands of readers. I never dreamed of being successful, just of being able to say, "You can find that book here," when readers asked.

My success with my backlist encouraged me to try new things. My next project is a momlit cozy mystery called SHOP AND LET DIE. It should be out soon, and I hope my readers love my mystery shopping Molly as much as I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords because it has allowed me to price at free. Giving away my work is one of the ways I can thank readers, offer them a sense of my style (my short stories are science fiction, my longer fiction is contemporary, historical romance, fantasy, and -- soon -- a cozy momlit mystery. The sense of freedom here is great, and I never take that for granted.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I give up my mind and body to my characters. It is a truly channeling experiencing for me, getting to live life as a teen witch, a young Victorian woman, or even a serial killer. Whichever character knocks on the door of my imagination, I open the door to let them in for a nice long chat.
What are you working on next?
SHOP AND LET DIE, the first in a mystery series with a mystery shopping mom, is my next to be released project. I cannot wait to have it out -- well, I can, because I want it to be properly revised and edited before my readers get hold of it.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Solomon's Paradox
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Short story. A mother must deal with the shattering reality that science and the courts have offered her dead son a chance to tie up the loose ends of his life in the body of the friend who accidentally killed him.
The Ex Files
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,310. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Diana Hudson is an editor at a hip woman’s magazine. When her boss discovers she's been a little too critical of her old flames, Diana is offered her big chance to write her first story for the magazine--the EX files--a series of articles about whether spending time with an old flame may rekindle lost opportunities.
Once Upon a Wedding Boxed Set (Books 5-7)
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 269,380. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, the rugged American west, and an Ireland struggling for independence, three romantic tales featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer… The Next Best Bride The Impetuous Bride The Twelfth Night Bride
Once Upon a Wedding Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 340,280. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Once Upon A Wedding Boxed Set (Bks 1-4) Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, four romantic novels featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer… The Fairy Tale Bride The Star-Crossed Bride The Unintended Bride The Infamous Bride
The Twelfth Night Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,020. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Kate Fenster, the youngest of the Fenster siblings, is surprised when The Earl of Blarney calls her to make good her childhood promise to marry him. Tempted beyond her wisdom by the silver-tongued Irish lord, Kate finds herself wed and abandoned. Until she decides to do something about her absent husband -- by joining him in his chosen exile.
The Impetuous Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,120. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Rosaline Fenster has always been the black sheep of her proper Victorian family. Ros prefers to chart her own path, even if she must dress as a man on occasion. Escaping her life as an English lady by emigrating to America, Ros has found adventure helping runaway slaves find freedom. But now her path west has set her on a collision course with Wagonmaster Rob Lewis. Rob doe
Must Love Halloween
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Price: Free! Words: 13,150. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
In this short story, Philippa Munson, the heroine from MUST LOVE BLACK, must help twins Triste and Rienne turn the tables on a bully during a big Halloween party at Chrysalis Cliff.
Queen of Hearts
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Short Story. Joachaela lives in a world where women care for the hearts of their family, literally. She has kept the secrets of her Heart Room safe within herself for many years. But her daughter's wedding brings the risk of exposing those secrets, if Joachaela cannot find a way to display her husband's strong, beating heart and reassure the kingdom that all is well.
Diapers, Dishes and Demons
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
SHORT STORY Postpartum depression is bad enough. Postpartum depression that takes the form of a devilish demon? What's a mom to do?
Napping on Jungle Time
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Motherhood isn't for the weak. Especially when the mom in question has been up all night caring for a sick child. Sometimes taking a leaf from Tarzan's jungle, and sleeping with one eye half open is the only option.
The Next Best Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,540. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Rand Mallon, Earl of Dalby, is an unrepentant rake in need of an heir and two weeks away from his wedding day when his fiance informs him that she intends to jilt him. Desperate, he is willing to consider her twin sister as his next best option. Helena Fenster has her reasons for agreeing to switch places. The earl doesn't care which twin goes to the altar with him as long as he gets his heir.
The Infamous Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,490. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Juliet Fenster is a notorious flirt, who enjoys the wooing that occurs during the London Season too much to give her heart, especially not to a proper stuffy American like R.J. Hopkins. R.J. has no intention of being beguiled, until he sees her singing under the full moon and falls under her spell.
The Unintended Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,360. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Bookish Hero Fenster and heir to a duke Arthur Watterly share a common passion: the Legend of King Arthur. When the pursuit of the original manuscript of Malory's Le Morte d'Artur leads them to be trapped overnight in a bookshop attic, they find themselves unexpectedly married. They might be happy. If only they'd admit their biggest secret: they love each other even more than they love books.
The Star-Crossed Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
To protect Lady Emily, Valentine Fenster must not only break his word as a gentleman, but find a way to storm a locked tower room, and expose her fiance as a murderer. All without causing a hint of a blemish on Lady Emily's reputation. Too bad Lady Emily has plans of escape all her own. Plans that include a ladder made of bedsheets, another elopement, and no consideration for her reputation.
The Fairy Tale Bride
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Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 93,870. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Miranda Fenster gave up on a happily-ever-after following a disastrous London season. Determined to convince the impeccably proper Duke of Kerstone he was wrong to thwart her brother's love match, she waylays him and demands he help the star-crossed lovers. Instead, she discovers her second chance for a fairy tale ending depends upon convincing the duke fairy tales do come true.