Interview with Kelly Stevenson Reed

How would you describe your writing?
Eclectic. I've alway thought of my musical taste as being eclectic. In other words, all over the map, and even then, you may even need a few more maps to include everything. And I think my writing is the same way.
What do you read for pleasure?
I’m into pop culture, so I read a lot of animation, film and television history. I love the freedom of Jasper Fforde, and I’m always open to rereading Jane Austen. While stepping over several stacks of books to reach an actual bookshelf, I make sure that I still have my laptop open, tabbed to usually no less than five articles at a time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I still am. Aside from that, the first chapter book that had a deeper impact on me was Charlotte’s Web. I still respect spiders, and I always will.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing down stuff on impulse. I used to enjoy writing so much that I felt guilty every time I did it.
Describe your desk
Contained chaos. There are stacks of papers that only I can identify, containers of objects that only mean something to me, and hidden products that only I use, but all of which I will easily make available to anyone else.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago, and Chicago is always home to me. My preference for city life may not always be obviously apparent in my writing, but there’s usually a hint of it somewhere. There’s a part of me that relaxes in Chicago that doesn’t relax anywhere else.
Published 2014-05-30.
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Books by This Author

Now What?
Price: Free! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of free verse poetry, mostly whimsical, usually uplifting, occasionally angry, and hopefully insightful. There are a total of eighteen poems with topics ranging from the wonder of a blank page, the joy of living in a city, the problems of being raised in the 1970's, the long and short of married life, and forgetting your phone number.
An Actual Problem
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,360. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
An Actual Problem is a collection of three short stories, diverse in tone and genre, but all relying on something fantastic happening. "The Negotiation" is about life and death, deal making, and bubble gum. "Rochelle, Rochelle" parallels a depressed college student and a socialite with the same name. "Blue" is about a young fairy, curious about human love.