Interview with Kelly Abell

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 www.selectografix.com 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.
Published 2013-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Heart of an Eagle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,610. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In the final book of this hot shifter series, Logan Gray, a man fighting fate on finding love, comes face to face with an evil which substantiates his point about not being able to have the wife, kids and house with the picket fence, but will Heidi, the woman who's loved him forever, finally get the chance to prove him wrong?
Spirit of the Bear
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,050. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The traumas of war have damaged Deacon Gray in ways he doesn’t even understand. When a flashback from the Afghanistan consumes him, he shifts to the bear within him, injuring the love of his life. Overwrought, Deacon wants to separate from his spirit animal. But a threat of evil is coming which needs all the Guardians. Can he forgive himself and become the true Guardian they need him to be?
Cry of the Cougar
Series: Guardians of Spirit Rock. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,170. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Of all the people in the world, Jeannie understands best what Connor Gray is and what being a Guardian of Spirit Rock means. That's why she's kept her secret for five years. When circumstances force her to reveal the truth, the consequences are dangerous and test the very boundaries of their love. An amazing adventure that will bring joy to your heart, fear to your soul, and tears to your eyes.
Secrets of a Wolf (Guardians of Spirit Rock Series Book 1)
Series: Guardians of Spirit Rock. Price: Free! Words: 20,570. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Sexy Cameron Gray has responsibilities that go beyond his job as a Park Ranger. He's a Skinwalker, a wolf shifter, and with his three brothers, they are The Guardians of Spirit Rock. Cameron quickly loses his head over his new hot vet, Daphne Valentine. What Cameron doesn’t know is the truth of Daphne’s move from Seattle or that she has powers of her own. Will these secrets end a fragile new love?
Blackheart Point
Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
Michele is running from her past to a new start as a lighthouse museum curator in Blackheart Point, Maine. Surprisingly, the lighthouse is already inhabited...by a very sexy pirate ghost seeking his lost love who could be her twin.
Mara's Passion
Series: Saving Shenanigans. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,960. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Take one affair, add an insane chef, and sprinkle in the mob. Stir well and boil.
Meg's Secret
Series: Saving Shenanigans. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,340. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book two of the Saving Shenanigans series allows you to witness the strength and determination of the second O’Banyon sister, Meg, as she comes to terms with the secrets of her past, battles to survive a difficult present, and struggles to secure a loving future. Meg’s story is also an empowering one as she gains control of Ovarian Cancer. All she needs now is the support of a good man...her man.
Mabe's Burden
Series: Saving Shenanigans, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 64,460. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
While being threatened by the mob, a hot-headed barkeep goes toe-to-toe with a real estate developer who wants to save her and falls head-over-heels...until she learns he's been keeping a horrible secret.