Interview with Elly Kamari

Published 2014-02-14.
What is your writing process?
It involves a cup of coffee, pens and notebooks. I've found that my creativity flows best when I'm writing a story out as opposed to typing. First ideas are always great when they're scribbled out on a piece of paper, my mind just opens up and I can go for hours this way.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I just love it.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently writing a romance novel titled "Picture Perfect". My main character, Victoria, discovers her long time boyfriend has been cheating on her with women she works with, and they break up. She meets Eric Kabuto, a seemingly carefree photographer who lives his life to the fullest. Victoria and Eric really connect and she now struggles with how much she can trust Eric. She's afraid he might end up like her ex-boyfriend, cheating on her even though she's given him her whole heart.

It will be a story set in Nairobi. Which is exciting for me because it's giving me a chance to write out scenes in places I've visited, and spend time in. I'm hoping to share a part of Nairobi with my readers and hope they love it as much as I do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get recommendations from friends, sometimes I browse new submissions and try out new genres. I love reading different kinds of genres, so browsing gives you the chance to see different types of books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating new worlds. Writing gives you a chance to walk in different careers, lives, spaces and I enjoy that very much. I can change the rules in the worlds I create. Sometimes I'll take a scenario happening in my own life and make the end result different in my story. It's fun to entertain, and I love it when a reader tells me that they truly understood what my character was going through. That makes my day, and I can't wait to go back to my notebook and see what else I can come up with.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend time in a garden we have outside our house, doing chores, rearranging closets, running errands, and working odd jobs that supplement my income. What can I say, I am a jack of all trades.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have lived in two different countries. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Went through grade school and middle school (primary school) there. My high school years were spent in Ohio, USA. Those formative teenage years were spent learning a new culture, and struggling to meld it with my original culture. By the time I hit college, I think I'd figured out what sides to keep and discard but it wasn't always easy. Now, years later, I find that being a part of both cultures has given me a great imagination. I'm grateful for that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My best friend motivated me. She just looked at the number of stories I had in my document folder and directed me to Smashwords.
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Books by This Author

Life on the Fast Track
Price: Free! Words: 29,610. Language: American English. Published: October 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Jasmine and Danny struggle to forge a future together, despite their many differences. When Danny’s life choices place his life in danger, Jasmine must find the courage to stand with him when he faces a villainous adversary. Can they make it together? Is love enough to make them last forever?
The Girl with a Golden Smile
Price: Free! Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Nicholas saves a woman on a rainy night, and finds that he can't forget her charming smile.
Koya's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,790. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Charlie and Koya struggle through a difficult past. Before they can find each other, they must discover why Charlie's mother tried her best to keep them apart.
Save My Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,350. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Leila Karani fell in love thinking it was forever. When she got pregnant, Nathan refused to support her and urged her to get an abortion instead. Eight years later, Leila is a single mother running a fabric and tailoring shop in Nairobi city, and the only thought in her mind is her daughter's happiness. Until she runs into Nathan unexpectedly and he wants to meet their child.
I Dream of You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Janet Kerira has been dating Timothy for a year and a half and he's never told her that he loves her. On Valentine's Day, she spends the day worrying because Timothy hasn't called her for four days. He left on an assignment and hasn't called, messaged or even emailed her once. Janet hopes the magic of Valentine's day will bring him back to her.
Bits and Pieces
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Bits and Pieces is a collection of poems talking about love, friendship and the beautiful seasons. It's a short read to inspire your mood and make you smile.