Interview with Kelly Anne Setzer

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in the 5th grade. My teacher had each of us write a story and the best story got illustrated and put in a hard cover. I wrote 'The flight of the purple kite' and won. So, the teacher went to the store and bought a blank (white) cover and I got to draw my own illustrations for each page and she had it bound into the cover. The school put the book on display in their library and I went on to Middle School. Two years later the elementary school closed down and they misplaced the book.
What is your writing process?
It starts with an idea, of course. Then I do character descriptions. I write down names, physical descriptions, background, ages, if they have any ticks or certain mannerisms. EX: Bo strokes his mustache when he's thinking; or Julia twirls her hair when she's bored. After the characters are made I choose a setting for the book.

Some people say that starting the book is the hardest part, but for me, finishing is the hardest. I literally start by 'picturing' my main character and a vague idea of where the setting is and BAM...I've got something to start with. In 'When Love Comes Back Around', my first vision of the book was Charlie sitting in the car during a thunderstorm. I started writing the book from that scene and later went back and added the prologue to give the back story.

I say that the ending is the hardest because I fall in love with my characters and ending the book is like saying good bye to them. Unless of course I plan to write a sequel, lol.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think most girls my age started with the 'Ramona the Brave' books. Those were good, but I read 'Where the Wild Fern Grows' for a book report and finished it in a day. I liked it so much that I read it again the next day. I cried through it both times and I'll never forget how shocked I was by the emotion impact it had on me.

Also, there's an old book called, 'The Years of Our Days' that my mother had on her bookshelf. That's the first romance novel I ever read. It was just so simply written and I liked that.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover has to move me in some way. 'Walls' was a unique one for me because the cover is a large body of water, and the book is about Anne-Marie's interest in physical walls. As the character develops you learn that she needs walls to make her feel safe and secure; she doesn't like wide open spaces. So, as I was browsing covers I was actually trying to find something with a unique wall in it...or at the very least, a woman leaning against an old building or something. When I saw the cover with the water, I froze. I just knew that was the cover even though it was nothing like it'd imagined. But, for the character, I knew that in the end she would overcome her fear and the cover I went with represented her freedom from fear.
Describe your desk
First, let me say that I have to write on a desktop computer. Laptops don't work for me. Then, the computer has to be diagonal on the desk. I can't stare at a wall. My keyboard sits on a scrap piece of carpet. Don't ask me why, but I like the texture of it when I'm thinking of where to go next in the book. I keep a lot of plants around my office to remind me that my characters need outdoor spaces as well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in middle Georgia, but I spent many, many summers in Savannah, Ga. which is really rich in history and landscape. I am planning several more books based in the Savannah area.
When did you first start writing?
5th grade.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Whatever I'm doing, I want to do it with my family. I love swimming, gardening and playing cards when I'm at home. My family takes two vacations each year and I make photo books for each vacation we take. We are in church every Sunday and are very close with our church family.
Published 2016-07-15.
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When Love Comes Back Around
Price: $2.69 USD. Words: 101,400. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Most of us have that one Old Love. Maybe it’s the one that got away. Or the one you wanted but couldn’t have. Follow two best friends as they learn about love, relationships, forgiveness and passion.
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 69,800. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Anne-Marie left her hometown to travel the world. During her journey she is kidnapped, tortured, raped and held hostage for months yet never loses her faith in God. Gage realized his dream of becoming a famous rock star, but after personal tragedy, he returns to his home in South Carolina to raise his children. Will circumstances bring these two together or tear them apart?