Interview with Aven Kelly

What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing Formaldehyde back in 2007 as a way to deal with severe depression and an abusive relationship. It kind of snowballed and became all about mental health hidden in the pages of a vampire novel. It really helped me through some tough times, and I figure with the use of black comedy, it might help others too!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to go with being Indie because finding a traditional publishing house nowadays is nigh on impossible without an agent, which is also highly difficult. Also being indie means I can keep control over how my book appears and what is involved in my book distribution, which for as personal a story as Formaldehyde has become is important to me. Indie publishing also aligns with my own personal lifestyle - being alternative and counterculture.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing my characters to life, for sure. I've spent ten years with these characters and they're as much a part of me now as any other part of me. <3 They are some of my favourite parts of writing, and letting them fly on their own on the page to allow them to create the story alongside my outline and general plans.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to Formaldehyde, which is currently titled 'Origins' and will pick up literally seconds after the first book's epilogue and follow the same groups of people as they search for ways out of their individual situations - or ways to just cope with their problems and situations to get on with their lives as best they can.
Who are your favorite authors?
A few include Philippa Gregory, Judy Blume, Margaret Atwood and Edgar Allen Poe
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Travelling, painting, drawing, photography, cats, hanging with friends or my husband and hilarious TV shows like American Dad and Archer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I think it was about ghosts - a story for halloween season when I was in grade one.
What is your writing process?
I need coffee or preferably a beer or whisky... it helps me connect with Jack, the bad boy. I always seem to write the ending of the story first and work my way forward, then go back through and tie everything together.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Edmonton, Canada. It's influenced me by being a big city, with many different people and many different twists and turns and areas. It has millions of stories and I'd often find myself wondering about everyone's individual stories - especially in those long winter nights when you are stuck inside and it's -35
Published 2017-11-13.
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Books by This Author

Formaldehyde
You set the price! Words: 82,890. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
When two vampires from the old world rock up in small town prairie Canada, they expect taking over the town to use as their base of operations to be easy as pie. They even manage to strong arm a couple of humans into helping them, but when individual dark pasts come into the light, human and vampire alike begin to realise that not everyone is who they claim or appear to be.