Kelly Lopushansky

Biography

Kelly lives in Colorado with her very patient husband, two amazing children, and one darling, shelter-rescue cat named Roo. In addition to writing, she works full-time in the telecommunications industry, enjoys reading, knitting, crocheting, and computer programming. She’s a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Her favorite work experiences always include her other passion: teaching. Whether it's in a formal classroom setting or just answering questions one-on-one, Kelly loves to share with others.

Blog: http://kellylopushansky.blogspot.com
Twitter: @KlopusNow

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk meets many needs by being compact (it fits into the corner of my bedroom), having wheels (what can I say? I'm a mobile writer), raising and lowering (sometimes I just need to stand), with just enough room for my laptop and phone (minimizing the distractions).
What is your writing process?
I write best when I can shutdown all the extraneous junk that flitters around my mind all the time, so I tend to write at night before bed when I'm exhausted, or in a half-hour chunk that I can eke out in the middle of the afternoon while I'm waiting in the carloop to pick up one of my kids. At those times, I can often get into the zone and let the words flow, rather than struggle and hate what I've written anyway.

All my stories start with a character, a setting, or an object. One idea that I've yet to move forward with is following a piece of jewelry from owner to owner. (I think this came up after I watching a movie about a yellow Rolls-Royce...) The book I'm currently working on is an office romance, so the setting came first. From there I asked myself questions. Who would work there? What's their background? Etc.

I like character-driven books as opposed to plot-driven (though there are exceptions), so once I start to get the shape of my characters, I spend lots of time imagining them, talking to them in my head, really fleshing them out. I want to know things about them that my readers will never know, but might intuit, because it's part of who they are on the page.

After lots of character development, I do spend time plotting out major events for the novel. I want to know most of what's going to happen before I write a word. My plotting method is actually one used by screenplay writers called Beats and it can be found in Blake Snyder's book series "Save The Cat."

Finally, I put together the logline, also see Mr. Snyder's work for more information, and have a pretty good idea of what the book is going to look like when I'm finished.

All of this can be accomplished over days or weeks, sometimes months, and all the while I take time to imagine scenes in my mind, many of which will never see the page, and the characters interacting. It's a bit like watching a movie. This is probably the most useful pre-writing work I do, because I can do it anywhere, anytime, no materials but my brain needed, and without any criticism since no one is going to read it.

Then, finally, comes the real challenge. WRITING!
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Where to find Kelly Lopushansky online

Books

Truce or Consequences
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 265,960. Language: American English. Published: February 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
On the verge of a promotion, two battling middle managers discover they must work together to obtain an injection of cash to keep the company afloat; but when they set aside their differences, they learn that peace may be sweeter than war after all and the promotion they both desired might not compare to a possible future together.
Heavenly Matchmaking: Meant To Be
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,600. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
With a little Heavenly intervention, a relationship wary Art Consultant attending an art auction meets a lonely Art History Professor, who is also an FBI Art Fraud Consultant; but after she takes a chance on him and finds herself heart-broken, held at gun point by her employers, and even taken into FBI custody, she must decide if she can trust a man she’s just met in order to find true love.