Interview with Kelli Crockett

Published 2015-02-17.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing as long as I can remember. I still have records of stories and fan fictions of Junie B. Jones that I wrote before I could spell or use a pencil to form words. I used to tell stories to my mom and she would type them out for me, as early as the age of four.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a trilogy that I plan to publish, but my latest book is Looking for Lily. I originally wrote this as a paper for class, but I liked the story so much that I continued it until it was around 75 pages.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since I am still in school and don't have any credentials or degrees or anything like that, I needed some kind of experience to put in query letters for my full-length novel, so I decided to work on a few smaller stories until I get that novel ready to publish. If any of my stories actually sold, I could have something to show for my writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me to create an ebook version of my story that is up for purchase and is a good start to my future in writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to find myself lost in a story and to really put myself in the character's shoes. I love to use writing to explore new worlds and new situations or places that I'll never experience in reality. The best part, though, is being able to go back and read what I wrote because it's like stepping back into a dream or a memory that I had forgotten.
What do your fans mean to you?
To me, fans are the biggest supporters of my dreams because without them, I wouldn't be able to write knowing that I'm not just wasting my time on something that will never happen. Fans inspire me and I love hearing what they have to say.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a series called The Code Breaker Trilogy. I am not releasing the name of the first book until it is published, and all I'm going to say is that it is an exciting adventure of ups and downs, and learning how to survive in this crazy world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to play guitar and piano, and I love art. I paint and sketch and will do anything art related. Most of all, I love to read. I will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on and I love getting lost in books. READ ON!
How do you approach cover design?
I make my own covers, so I have plenty of time from the time I begin to write to the time of publication to find a design. I usually storyboard ideas to begin with, or I'll carry around a camera in case I see something that would match my story perfectly. For Looking for Lily, I had taken a photo similar to the one on the cover a couple months earlier and thought it would look good with the story, and so I recreated it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is the most unorganized thing you could think of in the beginning. When I get an idea, I write it down, no matter what damage it costs (including writing all over my arms with the first chapter and being accused of cheating in class. Needless to say that nobody thought I was cheating when they read it), but then I end up creating plot diagrams and plotting chapters and making it up as I go. Of course, I go through as many drafts as anyone, but the first is always the most fun.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love the idea of reading off of a device, but I mostly just love to read a book in a hard copy, printed. But if I had to choose, I love to read on my phone because I can bring it anywhere, and it has Wattpad. I can only take it in short periods of time though, and then I end up going back to print.
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Books by This Author

60 Days of Salt and Sand
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 9,110. Language: American English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
“She wasn’t floating when I found her. She wasn’t exactly sinking either… Just still. Deadly still. At least, I thought she was dead. But then I felt a pulse. And that was enough to make me fight for her.”
Looking for Lily
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,610. Language: American English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Detective Rick Owens takes his first dangerous case in his sleepy little town, working undercover to identify the kidnappers of children who have been taken. In order to keep the victims alive, he must join the perpetrators, find the kids, and get them all out safely. But will he get himself kidnapped in the process?