Kathy Keller

Biography

Kathy Keller is the author of seven historical romances and a time travel novel "The Paradox". She grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Douglas saga--"Millionaires' Row" and "Millionaires' Row: The Legacy"--which she co-wrote with her mother A.J. Billman, is based upon the rich history of that area. Keller graduated with a degree in journalism from the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She resides on the east coast of Florida with her husband.

Smashwords Interview

You write historical romance. What is your writing process?
When I get an idea for a book, I do some research to get a feel for the events of the time period in which I am writing. I then start writing and do the rest of the research as the book progresses. I have never been able to write with an outline. It seems to stifle my creativity. I know how I want the story to start, how I want it to end, and the main plot. The rest--the muddy middle--falls into place with subplots that come to me from the research. I hate to waste time, so once I get the story started, I don't sit down to write until I have a complete scene or chapter worked out in my mind, including dialogue. I don't have a routine. I write for as long as the story keeps coming to me. Some days, it will be all day; some days not at all. Just because I am not writing doesn't mean that I am not thinking about the story and crafting the next chapter in my mind.
How do you handle writer's block?
I have learned not to sweat it. If I am really stuck, I go back to the research to look for a path forward. Generally though, all I have to do is mentally state the problem, then go and do something else. Most times, I don't get more than a few steps away from the computer before the answer pops into my head and the floodgate opens. Sometimes I am surprised, myself, how well this process works.
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Where to find Kathy Keller online

Books

Lady of the Sea
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,230. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Historical » USA
Captain Thackeray returns to Boston in 1795, disgruntled to find a woman in charge of the counting house, and they clash over his contract. Unfortunately, Marin needs his help to find her husband, whose ship was taken by Algerine pirates. When he refuses to help her, she devises a plan that lands her in the middle of a diplomatic incident and on a perilous mission to Algiers under his command.
A Little Gentle Persuasion
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,600. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Boston socialite Devon Wainwright receives notice of an inheritance from a little-known aunt and sets off for Colorado, in 1874, to claim her legacy. She soon discovers that it is one thing to experience the Wild West through the dime novels; it is quite another to experience it in real life. The minute she steps off the stage, she encounters culture shock, danger—and Cort Templeton.
The Paradox
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,710. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Who is John Doe? Is he a time traveler? Is he the reincarnation of a man who lived over 100 years ago? Or is he a huckster? As investigative reporter Kip Stevens and hospital psychiatrist Ericka Porter try to uncover the facts, their concept of reality is thrown into question.
Millionaires' Row-The Legacy
Series: The Douglas Saga, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,860. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
(5.00 from 1 review)
America is in the midst of the industrial revolution and at the threshold of great social change. As Ian Douglas steers his empire into the modern age, he is forced to fight for his legacy. When a secret comes to light, he must fight for his family. This is a fast-paced tale of greed, corruption, and intrigue and the poignant story of a family that must come together to save an empire.
The Homeward Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,820. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Beautiful, strong-willed Rorie Shelbourne dreamed of adventure and a life beyond the confines of her small English village. From the moment Cameron Deveraux, the darkly handsome and seductive sea captain from the colonies enters her life, she is thrown into a world of danger and intrigue where nothing is what it seems and she is forced to choose between love and pride.
A Love Too Proud
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,540. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
From the moment the arrogant, young nobleman entered her life, it became clear to Callie that nothing would be the same again. When she was forced to stand trial for a crime she did not commit, neither of them ever imagined that their lives would become so hopelessly entangled, their hearts forever entwined.
Destiny's Shadow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,250. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
February, 1861--The country stood on the precipice of a civil war. Violence reigned on the Kansas-Missouri border, and Missouri bushwhackers came calling at the Unionville Sentinel, leaving death and destruction in their wake. When Alexandra Stratford realizes that the attack on her family at their place of business and home is not random, she knows who is behind it and sets out for revenge.
Millionaires' Row
Series: The Douglas Saga, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,350. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Some men accept their fate. Others make it. In 1868, Rossburg, Pennsylvania, was a frontier town in the throes of a lumber boom. Overnight, millionaires were made. Ian Douglas bowed to no man, and no one would control his destiny. Eleanor Morgan was the beautiful daughter of a lumber baron. Maven McInnis was a striking Irish immigrant. One woman challenged Ian; the other anchored him.