Interview with Kelly McClymer

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Charleston, South Carolina (USA), where my father was born and raised. My mother was a transplanted Yankee, having moved from Queen with her twin sister to live with their older sister's family. The southern storytelling roots run deep on my father's side, and my two New-York-City-fireman uncles on my mother's side could tell tall tales with a Yankee flavor.

No matter where or with whom we were sharing a holiday table, the stories never stopped. And even when repeated every year (never the exact same way twice, of course), they never stopped offering me amusement and insight into my large and diverse extended family. In my childhood, my family moved back and forth between South Carolina and Delaware, and the differences between the North and South in the States was indelibly etched on my soul, preparing me to deeply embrace the idea of walking in another's shoes and seeing things from many perspectives before making a judgment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent published book, THE EX FILES, is a chicklit tale of a young woman who has marriage on her to do list, but no current man in her life. When challenged to prove she hasn't overlooked Mr. Right because her list of husbandly qualifications is a little too stringent, she embarks upon a quest to see if she has been a tad overly judgmental.

This idea sparked from watching my daughter navigate the dating world of the modern young woman, which had become a little more hazardous to navigate what with his and her ambitions and lifestyles not always being as easy to reconcile. It was fun to play in this world, especially since I married my husband in college, and we've never really had to navigate those differences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation to become an indie author was the lure of putting my out-of-print backlist back into the hands of readers. I never dreamed of being successful, just of being able to say, "You can find that book here," when readers asked.

My success with my backlist encouraged me to try new things. My next project is a momlit cozy mystery called SHOP AND LET DIE. It should be out soon, and I hope my readers love my mystery shopping Molly as much as I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords because it has allowed me to price at free. Giving away my work is one of the ways I can thank readers, offer them a sense of my style (my short stories are science fiction, my longer fiction is contemporary, historical romance, fantasy, and -- soon -- a cozy momlit mystery. The sense of freedom here is great, and I never take that for granted.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I give up my mind and body to my characters. It is a truly channeling experiencing for me, getting to live life as a teen witch, a young Victorian woman, or even a serial killer. Whichever character knocks on the door of my imagination, I open the door to let them in for a nice long chat.
What are you working on next?
SHOP AND LET DIE, the first in a mystery series with a mystery shopping mom, is my next to be released project. I cannot wait to have it out -- well, I can, because I want it to be properly revised and edited before my readers get hold of it.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Blythe Cove Seasons
Price: Free! Words: 12,510. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2018 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Bed & Breakfast, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Blythe Cove Seasons: Behind the Scenes Come to the island of Martha's Vineyard and learn the stories behind Storytellers Unlimited Blythe Cove Manor anthologies. Blythe Cove Seasons features essays pertaining to the island and our fictional bed-and-breakfast, including recipes from the kitchen of Blythe Calvert, proprietress of Blythe Cove Manor. You'll also learn a little about our authors, Lor
Vineyard Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,990. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2018 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
3 Great Stories by 3 New York Times and USA Today and award-winning authors! Grapes of Wrath by Kelly McClymer Brush Strokes by Shirley Hailstock Grape Expectations by Lorraine Bartlett
Blythe Cove Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,600. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this third edition of The Tales From Blythe Cove Manor, Blythe Cove Magic contains three stories by three bestselling, award winning authors. Join Blythe Calvert and her unwavering wisdom as she directs her guests to discover the hidden secrets of their past or an intriguing glimpse into their mysterious future. Stories are: The Obsidian Cat, Ten LIttle Librarians, and An Unexpected Visitor.
Weekend Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,650. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Mothers and daughters have a special, unbreakable bond. Weekend contains stories by three bestselling, award winning authors. Join Blythe Calvert and her unwavering wisdom as she directs her guests to discover the hidden secrets of their past or an intriguing glimpse into their mysterious future.
Summer Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,930. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sweet Dreams. On the brink of divorce, a couple win a weekend at Blythe Cove Manor. Can this magical place help them fall in love again? Forever Bound: What Ellie Sloan finds in the wall of her home sends her to Martha's Vineyard and changes her life forever. Honeymoon with a Ghost: Emily Stevens heads for her honeymoon alone, determined to find out who her husband really was.
The Last Maiden
Series: Maidens of EverTwixt. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,810. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Chosen Maidens have gone to EverTwixt to lift the curse on mankind for countless millennia. But now the magic has dwindled and there is only one Chosen Maiden left to take up the challenge. In Once Upon a Witch’s Moon: EverTwixt Unveiled, Twist Rhodes, the Last Maiden, will take up that challenge — or refuse it outright. This is her origin story.
Maiden Ash
Series: Maidens of EverTwixt. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Cinderella as you've never met her before.
Once Upon a Witch's Moon Episode One
Series: EverTwixt Unveiled. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Episode One (of 16) Twist Rhodes doesn’t remember anything about her life before she was dropped in Bob and Sylvia Rhodes’ Kansas cornfield. She doesn’t want to remember. But now the nightmare that has been with her for as long as she can remember is getting worse. Her memories may be coming back. All she knows is that she just wants to be normal.
License to Shop
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,010. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
After tangling with a shopping mall serial killer (in Shop and Let Die) Molly Harbison promised to give up her mystery shopping for a "real" job. True to her vow, she applies for a job at the university where her husband works, begins the awkward and rocky interview process, and stumbles across a new mystery. Someone on the campus is a master identity thief.
Shop and Let Die
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,350. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Molly Harbison hates being asked “What do you do?” more than cleaning the ring around the bathtub or digging Cheerios and raisins out of the car’s back seat. She’s tried on every possibility from a flip Domestic Goddess to a simple declarative Mom. She jumps at the chance to make some extra money as a secret shopper. But when she’s assigned to shop an online dating site…things get tricky.
A Very Romantic Christmas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,700. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas has the power to bring people together…families, friends, and especially lovers. A Very Romantic Christmas reaches across time and space to remind us that the holidays are about love and connection. Settle in with a plate of Christmas cookies and some hot tea, tune to a carol-only radio station, and indulge in this holiday treat. Contains one full-length book and two novellas.
Dangerous Secrets
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 275,050. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014 by Storytellers Unlimited. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
SECRETS…become lies…become novels by three stellar writers. You’re invited to investigate the depths of the human heart, to understand how SECRETS can change everything. From magical mysteries to murder to misunderstandings between lovers, this collection of SECRETS will thrill and entice. These four authors have more than 100 books between them. Find out what SECRETS they can tell.
Solomon's Paradox
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Short story. A mother must deal with the shattering reality that science and the courts have offered her dead son a chance to tie up the loose ends of his life in the body of the friend who accidentally killed him.
The Ex Files
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,310. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Diana Hudson is an editor at a hip woman’s magazine. When her boss discovers she's been a little too critical of her old flames, Diana is offered her big chance to write her first story for the magazine--the EX files--a series of articles about whether spending time with an old flame may rekindle lost opportunities.
Once Upon a Wedding Boxed Set (Books 5-7)
Series: Once Upon a Wedding. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 269,380. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, the rugged American west, and an Ireland struggling for independence, three romantic tales featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer… The Next Best Bride The Impetuous Bride The Twelfth Night Bride
Once Upon a Wedding Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
Series: Once Upon a Wedding. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 340,280. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Once Upon A Wedding Boxed Set (Bks 1-4) Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, four romantic novels featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer… The Fairy Tale Bride The Star-Crossed Bride The Unintended Bride The Infamous Bride
The Twelfth Night Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 7. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,020. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Kate Fenster, the youngest of the Fenster siblings, is surprised when The Earl of Blarney calls her to make good her childhood promise to marry him. Tempted beyond her wisdom by the silver-tongued Irish lord, Kate finds herself wed and abandoned. Until she decides to do something about her absent husband -- by joining him in his chosen exile.
The Impetuous Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,120. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Rosaline Fenster has always been the black sheep of her proper Victorian family. Ros prefers to chart her own path, even if she must dress as a man on occasion. Escaping her life as an English lady by emigrating to America, Ros has found adventure helping runaway slaves find freedom. But now her path west has set her on a collision course with Wagonmaster Rob Lewis. Rob doe
Must Love Halloween
Price: Free! Words: 13,150. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
In this short story, Philippa Munson, the heroine from MUST LOVE BLACK, must help twins Triste and Rienne turn the tables on a bully during a big Halloween party at Chrysalis Cliff.
The Next Best Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,540. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Rand Mallon, Earl of Dalby, is an unrepentant rake in need of an heir and two weeks away from his wedding day when his fiance informs him that she intends to jilt him. Desperate, he is willing to consider her twin sister as his next best option. Helena Fenster has her reasons for agreeing to switch places. The earl doesn't care which twin goes to the altar with him as long as he gets his heir.
The Infamous Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,490. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Juliet Fenster is a notorious flirt, who enjoys the wooing that occurs during the London Season too much to give her heart, especially not to a proper stuffy American like R.J. Hopkins. R.J. has no intention of being beguiled, until he sees her singing under the full moon and falls under her spell.
The Unintended Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 82,360. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Bookish Hero Fenster and heir to a duke Arthur Watterly share a common passion: the Legend of King Arthur. When the pursuit of the original manuscript of Malory's Le Morte d'Artur leads them to be trapped overnight in a bookshop attic, they find themselves unexpectedly married. They might be happy. If only they'd admit their biggest secret: they love each other even more than they love books.
The Star-Crossed Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
To protect Lady Emily, Valentine Fenster must not only break his word as a gentleman, but find a way to storm a locked tower room, and expose her fiance as a murderer. All without causing a hint of a blemish on Lady Emily's reputation. Too bad Lady Emily has plans of escape all her own. Plans that include a ladder made of bedsheets, another elopement, and no consideration for her reputation.
The Fairy Tale Bride
Series: Once Upon a Wedding, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 87,870. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Historical » General
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Miranda Fenster gave up on a happily-ever-after following a disastrous London season. Determined to convince the impeccably proper Duke of Kerstone he was wrong to thwart her brother's love match, she waylays him and demands he help the star-crossed lovers. Instead, she discovers her second chance for a fairy tale ending depends upon convincing the duke fairy tales do come true.