Interview with Kelly Martin

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read and get lost in fiction. I am quite a fan of teenage fiction, especially the Hunger Games and Divergent series. My other joy is simply walking in nature, seeing new places and people watching in cafes. I adore the scent of freshly brewed coffee and the ideas that come into my mind as I gaze out of windows. I am also partial to stroking our visiting cat and playing chase under the sofa, this along with talking to bugs and bees I can be quite quirky and some would say slightly odd (smile). I am quite a sensual person and dining out and eating food is such a pleasure to me and dancing around my living room to get my energy moving. I need my solitude and I am quite introspective and introverted in nature, but I strike this balance by enjoying the occasional social activity that involves food, wine and good times.
What is your writing process?
Coffee.... window seat... cafe, a good old fashioned black ink pen and lined notebook. I love the keyboard and writing but I am an old fashioned gal in that I like to write with my hand holding a pen bringing writing into a full mind/body experience.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, it excited me so much as I got lost in Charlie's world. It did not make me want to be a writer it simply allowed me to get lost in my imagination and took me away from any life challenges in my childhood.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to be striking, meaningful and evoke emotion. I am not a graphic designer, but I like to play with graphics. I am a bit of perfectionist so it can be an interesting time creating covers. And as everyone sees differently, it's a challenge to get it right. I like a good balance of colours and for it clearly define the books message.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

The above 2 series of books are my favourite because the emotion of the series really made me feel everything the main character was feeling. Written in the first person this made the adventures such a passionate experience and I wanted the female characters to experience feeling empowered and to overthrow the Governments that were causing the underdog to be dismissed. I like anything where the underdog experiences their power once again.

The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

Harry Potter brought back my childlike innocence and my desire as a child to go to a magical school. The later books helped me relate so much to my own childhood and the relationships and difficulties that took place.

Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsh

Neale's books changed my world. I picked up this book while backpacking around Australia for a year, prior to this I was not as open-minded and I did not feel there was a reason for life. His books helped me understand so much about the nature of reality.

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

This book completely change the way I view my experience. Mindfulness has changed my life. The authors helped me begin to the process of practising self kindness, for this I am very grateful.
Describe your desk
A mess. Pencils, pens, scattered paper, lots of mugs and glasses, elastic bands... random. I do have a window view of the garden though - helpful for inspiration.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North East England in a place called Gateshead. This is just outside the city of Newcastle upon Tyne where I was born. The North East was quite an industrial place for a very long time, is very earthy, the people are very friendly and will talk to absolutely everyone. There is also a very big working class background to my family so they experienced being the underdog a lot. This passed on over to how I was raised and is the reason I like to support and help others remember who they are.
When did you first start writing?
I was a late bloomer in many a sense. I read and loved art for a long time but it was not until 2007 that I began writing properly (age 31). I use writing as a healing tool and it helps me make sense of life and to understand the bigger picture more.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is non-fiction and was written from a challenging and also intuitive place. I wanted answers to life's questions, I wanted to offer a different voice for anyone who felt a failure in life, and I wanted people to know they are good enough, exactly as they are. So the story is simply that this book wanted to be written through me, I was simply the vehicle and the rest they say is history.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I saw that the market for indie authors was growing, I wanted to experience achieving something beautiful from start to finish and to learn a lot in the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I always find writing cathartic. Being creative enlivens my spirit. Simply writing for the sake of writing is a joy to me. It's lovely when someone appreciates my work, but it is the writing process that I love the most.
Published 2014-07-14.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

When Everyone Shines Including You
Series: When Everyone Shines. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,890. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Hiding is no longer an option. Being seen, being heard and sharing your light with the world is calling you. Are you ready to take the leap into the great unknown, to leave the stories of the past behind, and shine? It's scary to be seen for the first time, but 'When Everyone Shines INCLUDING You' helps you awaken to your own worth and helps you show the world who you came here to be.
When Everyone Shines But You
Series: When Everyone Shines. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,700. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
Is this it? Why does life seem so unfair? It's easy to see others living our dreams. It's easy to feel held back, misunderstood and invisible. But there comes a time in our lives when we just can't take this anymore. This is when we need answers and confirmation that who we think we are can change. 'When Everyone Shines But You' brings a down-to-earth approach to self-empowerment.