Interview with Kelly Abell

Published 2013-12-22.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote short stories all through high school, but seriously started writing in 2000. I figured it was a new millennium and the perfect time for me to take writing seriously. Now I'm hooked. I'm always looking for ways to improve my craft and feel I get better with every book I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy contemporary romance, romantic suspense and thrillers. Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Steven King.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the Kindle App on my iPad. I'd like to explore getting a Kindle though.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Truthfully, book signings have been the most effective for me. I think the old fashioned pressing of palms and talking face to face is the best way to gain new readers. It can be slow and expensive but I believe it is the best way to connect with readers. I've also had some success with contacting book bloggers and asking for interview and reviews. Whatever you can do to connect directly with readers is a win.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Mabe's Burden, book one in the Saving Shenanigans Series, is a story of romance and the power of sisterhood. I was inspired to write it by two special friends Pat and Sandy who live in Monticello, FL. They are sisters and their relationship with each other and how powerful their bond has become through many adversities really spoke to me. Then I figured I'd give each sister in this series her own chance at love and see how she handles it.
Describe your desk
LOL! Its a mess! I have research documents in one pile, timelines in another pile, and reference books stacked up. It's organized chaos and I love it. I think it drives my husband (who's has OCD) absolutely mad! :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Great question. I've worked in the publishing industry for over 8 years and I've learned every aspect of doing covers, formatting books, and marketing. I decided to give it a try with this series and take out the middle man. If I can ever help you let me know. I also have a company that helps indie authors with all the above. I love the guts and gusto of an indie author!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when a reader gains some hours of pure pleasure and escape by reading one of my books. That's worth more than gold to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the most special people in the world. I'm so grateful for them. Without them I couldn't do what I love.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on Book Two in the Saving Shenanigan's Trilogy, Meg's Secret.
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