Interview with Elizabeth Kelly

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read almost everything on my Kindle Paperwhite.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually two long white IKEA tables pushed together with a set of five drawers under each table. Technically, the second desk belongs to my husband for when he's working at home, but I tend to take over both tables...

My desk faces a window that has a shelf below it where I keep my journals (I have an obsession with journals) and my mini Pac-man game. The cat also lounges on the shelf and hogs the breeze through the window.

I like to keep the surface of my desk fairly tidy, but I often end up with sticky notes plastered to the top of it. I use two screens, a full size keyboard instead of my laptop keyboard, and I have an adding machine (I used to work in accounting!), as well as a big jar of pens and pencils on my desk. Under the desk is a horrendous mess of cords, the dog bed, and my dog.
When did you first start writing?
I first started seriously writing in my early thirties. Before that I'd always written stories in my head, but never actually typed them out. I assumed everyone made up elaborate stories in their head and when I discovered that no, not everyone did, I was a little surprised. I started writing out the stories, eventually self-published, and before long I was writing full time and loving every minute of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I sent one novel to a small independent publisher and was promptly rejected with the standard, "it doesn't fit what we're looking for" answer. Before I could send it to the next publisher, I read an article about Smashwords and decided I liked the idea of being an indie author and having control over every aspect of my story (I'm not saying I'm a control freak, but I'm not saying I'm NOT a control freak). I love being an indie author, and love how many readers actively support us.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was the first self-publishing platform I discovered and used. The easy-to-use interface, the prompt "human" replies to any questions or issues I've had, and the wealth of information they provide through free books, podcasts and blog posts have been invaluable to me as an indie author. I love how they're constantly updating and improving, and offering new opportunities for indie authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply getting to do what I love most on a daily basis. Not many people are lucky enough to be paid to do what they truly love, and the fact that I get up every morning, sit down at my desk and write is an extraordinary gift that I will never take for granted. There are always good days and bad days, of course, but just the act of writing, of getting my stories out of my head and onto the page for others to enjoy, is pure joy.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write on multiple manuscripts at the same time, unless I have a deadline that is approaching. If I'm working on a book and can't get a scene right, I'll switch to another book and write while my brain subconsciously works out the details of the first book. I also edit as I write.

I write at least three days a week with the other two days dedicated to admin work. I will, however, also write at least one day of the weekend for a few hours. In the morning while drinking my coffee, I read over what I wrote the day before and then edit it. I do a quick check of email and social media to answer any questions and respond to readers and then I write. I usually write in time slots of about an hour to two hours, take a fifteen to twenty minute break, and then write again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading biographies and I'm also a big fan of Stephen King so I read a lot of horror books. Romance as well, of course, but I first discovered Stephen King when I was thirteen and have been devouring his books ever since! It was not uncommon as a teenager to see a pile of Stephen King books and a pile of romance books sitting beside me on the couch.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am currently working on the fifth book in the popular Recruit Series and the second book in my new sci-fi romance series, "The Draax Series".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my free time with my husband. We enjoy watching movies, exploring our city (in the warm weather!), and browsing antique shops. I like to meet other author friends for coffee at least monthly. I also volunteer with an animal rescue organization and usually end up with three or four litters of orphaned kittens each year. Bottle feeding and raising them takes up a great deal of my time during kitten season.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an amazing cover designer who, bless her, is used to my vague details and descriptions of what I'm looking for. I usually am able to give her an idea of the theme or feel of the cover that I'm looking for and she goes from there. Honestly, she does her own thing a lot of the time, and that just seems to work for us. We've worked together for years, so she had a pretty good idea of what I like and don't like for covers.
Published 2018-07-06.
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Books by This Author

Rosalie Undone (Book Six)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,090. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sweet, shy and…human. Rosalie Parker wants one thing - her coworker and lion shifter, Lincoln. There’s only one problem. Lion shifters have a reputation for enjoying the kink and Rosalie is far from kinky. Determined to win Lincoln over, Rosalie will step out of her comfort zone and into the kinky zone. The last person she expects to volunteer for kink teaching is grumpy polar bear shifter, Hudson
The Recruit (Book Five)
Series: The Recruit Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,210. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Adjusting to life with a new baby is tough enough for Hannah, then throw in a town being overtaken by vampires… and things get deadly. Especially when the vampires target bitten Lycans like Hannah and new recruit Miranda. Just when Miranda believes she’s found her own pack at the training facility, her forbidden affair with instructor Ryder heats up, threatening her new-found stability.
Sordid Games
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,470. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
This novella was originally published in the “Dirty It Up” anthology. Daisy Morrison’s plan for a quiet and perfectly dull Christmas isn’t working out. Her roommate has a secret boyfriend and, terrified her family will find out, convinces Daisy to be her pretend lesbian lover during the holidays. Daisy agrees, but when things heat up with a sexy stranger, she'll play a brand new Christmas game.
Reign (Draax Series Book One)
Series: The Draax Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,380. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
I would do anything to save my sister’s life. Which is why I‘m about to be living on the alien planet of Draax. Giving up three years of my life on earth to be a nanny for the alien who healed my sister is easy. Only, I think there’s been a mix up. I have a bad feeling the sexy, silver-eyed alien who touches me like I belong to him, thinks I'm here to have his baby.
Bria and the Tiger (Book Five)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,120. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
For tiger shifter, Bria, her life isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. Unemployed and single for the first time in years, she’s on a mission to change her life for the better. Too bad her pesky heat cycle is making her crazy. Going home with a total stranger isn’t her normal behavior, and Bria is mortified when her potential new boss turns out to be the very shifter who made her purr.
An Unlikely Seduction
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,410. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Two years after the tragic death of his wife, Caleb lives a solitary life. When he rescues a fragile and innocent woman named Ellie from a blizzard, he’s surprised by his attraction to her. His discovery that Ellie is the daughter of the man who killed his wife, sets a plan of revenge into motion. Seducing Ellie into giving him her innocence is easy, but he isn’t prepared for his reaction to her.
Porter's Mate (Book Four)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,910. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Wolf shifter, Porter Burke, isn’t interested in finding his mate, until the night the fragile and frightened human walks into his bar and asks for his help. She’s a complication he doesn’t need, but resisting her plea for help and the unexpected payment she offers for his protection proves much harder than he thought.
The Recruit (Book Four)
Series: The Recruit Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,640. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A new weapon brings hope in the war against the vampire uprising. But this new weapon also creates discord among the recruits. As doubts rise and friendships are tested, Hannah must find a way to restore harmony. As the true leader of the vampire uprising emerges, an undetected threat grows within their midst. One that could change Hannah’s life and the lives of those she loves, forever.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,950. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ford Taylor has endured the whispers and the horrified stares his entire life. Rejected by both his family and strangers for the way he looks, he’s grown accustomed to his lonely life. His life is changed forever when Stella, the redheaded beauty he harbors a secret crush on, befriends him. Stella is fascinated by the quiet man with the unconventional looks and their friendship soon becomes love.
The Fairy Tales Collection
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 128,890. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A sexy, paranormal twist on three classic fairy tales. Join Mirabelle, Ella, and Rowan as they search for their happily ever after with the men of their dreams.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,370. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Nice guys are boring. Amanda Martin isn’t interested in nice guys. When she meets accountant, Max Westman – a giant of a man and the very epitome of the nice guy – she ignores their unexpected chemistry and insists on friendship only. But Max wants Amanda as more than just a friend and he's determined to show her that, sometimes, even nice guys are very good at being very bad.
Tempted: The Complete Trilogy
Series: Tempted Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,090. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
For the first time ever, all three novellas in the Tempted Trilogy by Elizabeth Kelly are available as one set. Lucy Reid has always prided herself on her self-control. When a power outage traps her in the elevator with her sexy new boss, she realizes his coldness towards her hides his own dark desire for her and Jason Young is determined to show her just how good it can feel to lose control.
Katarina and the Bird (Book Three)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,780. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Jaguar shifter, Katarina Frost, isn’t looking for love. And she certainly isn’t looking for love with a tattooed bird shifter with a smart mouth and the ability to make her cat purr with just a single, scorching look. Cat shifters do not take bird shifters to their bed. Especially when the bird shifter is their employee. Too bad her cat didn’t get the memo.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,930. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Maddie - I’m a good girl. Always have been and always will be. I’ve spent my entire life doing the right thing, being the good girl I’m supposed to be. Until the night I met him. Riley - I'm not a good man. Never have been and never will be. I swear I only meant to protect her, but now my blood burns for her and I'll stop at nothing to take what's mine - even if it destroys us both.
Tempted 3
Series: Tempted Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,630. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Life has never been better for Lucy Reid. What started out as an intense and forbidden affair with her boss, Jason, has blossomed into love. Their life together is perfect. But when an earth-shattering revelation threatens their future, Lucy must choose between holding on to what her heart wants most, or walking away and allowing Jason the life he deserves.
The Christmas Wife
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,070. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Claire Brooks dreamed of being an actress, not a maid to the wealthy. But with an eviction notice and Christmas just around the corner, she’s barely making ends meet. When her daughter breaks a priceless statue belonging to her employer, Claire has no choice but to accept Deacon Stone’s proposal. Marry him for thirty days and he'll give her a hundred grand and the chance to begin a new life.
Ava and the Bear (Book Two)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,180. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Grizzly shifter, Bishop King, has two loves – sex and food. So when he meets Ava Lewis, a curvy redhead with the intoxicating scent of sex and chocolate, he knows he’s in trouble. Ava’s looking for love, not a one night stand, and grizzly shifters don’t do relationships. It doesn’t matter how attracted she is to Bishop.
Willow and the Wolf (Book One)
Series: The Shifters Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,240. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Wolf shifter, Malcolm Burke, lives an ordinary life and that’s just the way he likes it. Until Willow Tanner waltzes into his office and into his life. Perky, odd, and human – his new receptionist is definitely not what he’s looking for. So why does his wolf so vehemently insist Willow belongs to him? And why does he find it so difficult to resist her sweet kisses?
The Recruit (Book Three)
Series: The Recruit Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,810. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
“His bite changed me forever. I’m stronger, faster…deadlier. The moon calls to me now, and I cannot resist its sweet song.”
Saving Charlotte
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,260. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Numb from her husband’s death, Charlotte Montgomery feels only an odd sense of resignation when she is held hostage by a drug-dealing biker gang. But when the life of her friend is threatened, she’ll do whatever it takes to save him. Even if it means playing a dangerous game with the rough and sexy gang member, Ren.
Pale Moon (Red Moon Second Generation Series)
Series: Red Moon Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,550. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Unlike his siblings, Nicholas Williams has no desire to find a mate. But when a group of strange Lycans arrive at his home, bringing with them a human woman named Max, Nicky finds himself oddly attracted to her. On a dangerous quest to the outskirts to save his birth father's life, Nicholas is drawn to Max. But when Max reveals her strange powers, he must find a way to convince her to trust him.
A Home for Lily
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,920. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Trapped in a loveless marriage with a baby on the way, Lily Castro doesn’t believe life can get any worse until a car accident changes everything. Now, alone and broke, she’ll do whatever it takes to provide for her baby.
Alpha Moon (Red Moon Second Generation Series)
Series: Red Moon Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,770. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Although human, Dani has lived her entire life among the Lycans. She knows first-hand their possessiveness toward their mates and she’s determined to avoid being claimed by one. When Andric, a Lycan without a pack, saves her life she’s confused by her feelings. He’s possessive, demanding and naughty – everything she swore she’d stay away from. So why does his touch spark desire in her belly?
The Recruit (Book Two)
Series: The Recruit Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,930. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Hannah uses her newfound training to seek revenge for her sister’s death. Her relationship with Will ruined and her abilities growing stronger, she is determined to graduate from the program and help end the vampire uprising. When vampires continue to stalk her family and Will refuses to let her go, she must battle both her feelings for the Lycan and the vampires who wish to destroy her.
The Contract
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,950. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
I'm not Liam Knight's type. Not that it matters. I’m his PA, and sleeping with your boss is the quickest road to unemployment. Still, I can’t seem to control my lust for him. And now that I’ve stumbled on to his dirty, little secret, my lust has become a fiery, irresistible burn. He’s offering me a contract to keep his secret. A contract that will bring my wildest fantasies to life…
Dark Moon (Red Moon Second Generation Series)
Series: Red Moon Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,410. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sophia Williams, a powerful and strong-willed Lycan, never thought she would fall for a human. Yet, she cannot deny the attraction she feels for Kaden. Used to getting what she wants, Sophia pursues him, determined to prove she can be trusted. Kaden wants nothing to do with the family of Lycans his sister is marrying into, but his lust for Sophia is undeniable.
The Recruit (Book One)
Series: The Recruit Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 71,890. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Hannah Torrington lives a perfectly normal and ordinary life until the night her sister is murdered by vampires. Saved by a Lycan named Will and thrust into a world she never knew existed, Hannah is taken to a secret facility that trains men and women to hunt vampires. Determined to take her revenge for her sister’s death, Hannah joins the recruit program. This book contains a cliff-hanger ending.
Red Moon Rising (Red Moon Second Generation Series)
Series: Red Moon Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,660. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Bree has spent her entire life struggling to survive in the world built from the ashes of the Great War. Captured and forced into slavery by the Lycans, her worst fear comes true when she is chosen as the prey for their monthly hunt. She is released into the woods and the hunt begins. Wounded and dying, Bree is rescued by a half-Lycan named James.
Healing Gabriel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,280. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fifteen years ago, Gabriel Dern was involved in a car accident that left terrible scars covering half of his body. He retreats from society and rejects the idea of finding a woman who will accept him for who he is. After her mother’s death, Morgan moves to the small town of Martinvale. As Gabe slowly warms up to her, she must find a way to convince him she wants his friendship and his love.
The Rancher's Daughter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,770. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Confident and curvy, all Evelyn Crawford is looking for is a night of fun with no strings attached. The last person she expects to see at the bar is the man she’s been in love with for most of her life. All Thomas Sinclair wants is a quiet night and a cold beer. What he doesn’t expect to see is Evelyn in an outfit that reveals every tempting curve.
Amelia's Touch
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,880. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Amelia Barlow is cursed. When she was sixteen, a car accident killed her twin brother and left her in a coma. When she awoke, she had the ability to hear other people’s thoughts simply by touching them. Detective Jack Emerson is half-Lycan and half-human. He is drawn to Amelia but finds her refusal to touch him puzzling. Yet, that is the least of his problems - the Lycans want her power.
The Necessary Engagement
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,380. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Sydney Wright is broke, starving and deeply in debt. A stupid mistake four years ago cost her custody of her daughter Emma. Now, she’ll do anything to get her child back - even if it means a fake engagement to her sexy neighbor Grayson O’Reilly.
Twice Tempted
Series: Tempted Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,530. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Lucy Reid was attracted to her sexy new boss, Jason Young, from the first day she met him. Being trapped in an elevator together reveals his secret attraction to her, and they embark on a sizzling week-long affair. Lucy is adamant about keeping their relationship a secret from their coworkers. When Jason wants more, she must decide if dating her boss is worth risking her job and her reputation.
Red Moon
Series: Red Moon Series. Price: Free! Words: 75,610. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Many years have passed since the Great War that destroyed over three quarters of the world’s population. Now, humans and supernaturals alike have learned how to survive in the new world. For Avery Hendrin life has taken a turn for the worse. Sold into slavery after her father’s death, Avery resigns herself to a life in the slave house until a chance meeting with a powerful Lycan named Tristan.
Series: Tempted Series. Price: Free! Words: 25,510. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.79 from 14 reviews)
Lucy Reid has always prided herself on her self-control and her ability to keep her emotions and desires in check. When a power outage traps her in the elevator with her sexy new boss, she soon realizes his coldness towards her hides his own dark desire for her. Jason Young is determined to show her just how good it can feel to lose control, and Lucy is aching to give in to the sweet temptation.