Kathryn Lively

Biography

Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, Slytherin, Big Bang Theorist, and Rush (the band) fan. She is an EPIC Award nominee and winner and has edited EPIC Award nominated titles for Phaze Books, Whiskey Creek Press, and FrancisIsidore ePress. She also maintains a pen name, L.K. Ellwood, for other mysteries.

She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.

Kathryn assists businesses with Virginia Beach social media services, and also works as a freelance writer. You are welcome to visit Kathryn online:

http://www.kathrynlively.com

http://kathrynlively.blogspot.com

http://www.booksthatrock.us (book reviews)

http://www.facebook.com/livelywriter

http://twitter.com/MsKathrynLively

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, KILLING THE KORDOVAS, was inspired by a number of events. If you read the story, you'll pick up on the general frustration with reality television and the people who gain fame through dubious circumstances. I came up with the idea after visiting a comedy club - I had suffered writer's block, and I asked myself what would happen if a frustrated writer, tired of rejection, vents on an amateur night and becomes a hit? What would happen if her emotions become so strong she entertains dangerous thoughts upon learning a reality star got a book deal just for being famous?

KILLING THE KORDOVAS has its share of dark humor. It's a bit of a departure from the cozy mysteries I've written in the past, but as I wrote it I decided I wanted to go bold for a change and see where I could take the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't really consider myself an indie author - I like to think of myself as an author, period. I have published with small houses in the past, and I have self-published, and when I finish a story there's a different reason for the method of publication.

My first novel, LITTLE FLOWERS, was published by a small press that folded in 2002. I was able to place the work elsewhere, but that house (which mainly pubbed romances) turned out not to be a good fit. I chose to publish it myself to better reach its intended audience.

I published THE GIRL WITH THE MONKEE TATTOO on my own because I wanted the book ready for a specific event. I published KILLING THE KORDOVAS on my own because of its uniqueness. It's not a mystery in the traditional sense, or a horror novel. There is suspense and humor, and I suppose I felt I should see it through the journey every step of the way.
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Where to find Kathryn Lively online


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Books

Star Collector
By Kathryn Lively
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,430. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
Some rock and roll groupies take pictures, others collect locks of hair or guitar picks to remind them of their conquests. The legendary Chrissie Cuff prefers to take something more personal, much to the reclusive Woody's surprises. Woody doesn't usually take on groupies, but is he willing to make an exception?
Simply the Best
By Kathryn Lively
Price: Free! Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
5000 words This story appears in the short story collection, The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo. Is the Best New Artist award a blessing or a curse? Its latest recipient is about to find out.
Rock Til You Drop: A Lerxst Johnston Mystery
By Kathryn Lively
Series: The Rock and Roll Mysteries, Book Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,150. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
This is the sequel to Rock Deadly, which is free on Smashwords! Lerxst can't stay out of trouble. He's thrown for a loop when his fellow Dead Barchetta band mates want out of the group and the music teaching business they run together. When a body once again turns up at the studio, Lerxst can't decide whether to sympathize with or suspect his old friends.
Rock Deadly, a Mystery (Book One of the Rock and Roll Mysteries)
By Kathryn Lively
Series: The Rock and Roll Mysteries, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
Award-winning author Kathryn Lively offers you a rocking mystery! Music tutor by day and tribute band guitarist by night, Matt “Lerxst” Johnston has woman problems. Well, maybe for a musician that's normal. Before Lerxst can find normal, he must learn the truth about his would-be killer, his family, and himself. And what a long, strange trip it is…
Dead Barchetta
By Kathryn Lively
Price: Free! Words: 73,700. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 4 reviews)
“Lerxst” Johnston doesn’t have an enemy in the world…so he thinks. Armed only with a guitar and endless questions, Lerxst escapes the discomfort of his beach home and hides out in New York City to learn the true identity of his would-be assailant. Instead he learns more about himself and what he needs to do to survive the next attempt on his life. What a long, strange trip it is.
The Rocky Horror Twitter Show
By Kathryn Lively
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,260. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010 by DLP Books. Category: Nonfiction
Social media is here to stay, and if you have products, services, or other business to promote it's important to gain the savvy to successfully negotiate Twitter, Facebook, and other networks. "The Rocky Horror Twitter Show" is a collection of observances and advice from a seasoned social media specialist who has spent the last decade assisting clients around the US boost their visibility.
Schtick to the Script
By Kathryn Lively
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2010 by DLP Books. Category: Screenplays
Performed in 2004 by a regional Florida troupe, these hilarious short skits are perfect for performance in a comedy revue.
How Not to Get Published
By Kathryn Lively
Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2010 by DLP Books. Category: Nonfiction
A brief and unconventional guide, this primer for the true beginning author covers ten suggestions to follow when preparing to contact agents and editors. Adapted from a talk give to the Virginia chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Little Flowers
By Kathryn Lively
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,000. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2009 by DLP Books. Category: Fiction
A doctor known for performing abortions - murdered. A teenage honor student from a good Catholic family - pregnant. A barren young woman soured on relationships - unwilling to love. One bullet, one week changes the lives of so many people. Discover which of life's "little flowers" bloom in the face of adversity and strengthen through hope and forgiveness.

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