Saruuh Kelsey


Saruuh Kelsey is the author of several novels for young adults, including the free Lux Guardians series and The Legend Mirror series.

NEW RELEASES: The Wandering (The Lux Guardians, book 2), Love In The Gilded Age (fairy tales anthology)
NEXT RELEASE: The Dryad of Callaire (The Legend Mirror, book 2) Coming late summer 2015!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing fiction as a (terrible and cliched) fanfiction author on I won't tell you the username I wrote under, because some of the stuff on there is incredibly bad, but I will say that I started off writing Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes fan works.

When I was fifteen I began drafting my first original work, an urban fantasy series that was originally known as Fate and told the story of twelve individuals named after the months of the year. Looking back now it's very badly written but it did help me to grow as a writer. I wrote three novels between that first original work and The Forgotten, my first published book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I first got the idea for The Forgotten, the first in The Lux Guardians series, when I was on a bus. I get a lot of my ideas on buses; not quite sure why. I had been reading a lot of Dystopian books and I had ideas swirling around my head. So when the bus went through a particularly run-down area and I saw a man hobbling through the streets, my mind created The Sixteen Strains and a man infected by them, living in a world of death and disaster. The Forgotten Lands expanded from there, characters appeared, and I knew from that one moment on the bus how everything would tie in with the future world and the Victorian era.

It was a very complex initial idea and resulted in some frantic tapping away at the notes on my iPod (oh those glory days when you needed separate devices to listen to music and to call someone.) The man I saw on the street even features in one scene in The Forgotten, though he does die within the same scene. Guess I even killed my inspiration for the whole thing. That sets a nice precedent for the trauma of The Lux Guardians series as a whole. (It's entirely painless, I promise)
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Where to find Saruuh Kelsey online

Where to buy in print


The Dryad of Callaire
Series: The Legend Mirror, Book Two. Pre-release—available August 18, 2015. Price: $3.00 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
The Legend Mirror series returns with more mythology, more danger, and more Majick as Yasmin Wikke sets out on a quest to find her missing girlfriend.
Love In The Gilded Age
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,810. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Once in a hidden queendom… In an original epic fantasy world, Love In The Gilded Age reimagines the heroes and heroines of Grimm fairy tales as ethnically diverse, LGBT, disabled, and gender flipped.
The Wandering
Series: The Lux Guardians. Price: Free! Words: 104,520. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The second book in the high stakes Lux Guardians series. With a dangerous journey to Bharat and a plot to overthrow States’s Ordering Body, The Wandering will wrench everyone to their breaking points.
The Beast of Callaire
Series: The Legend Mirror, Book One. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,590. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary. The first book in a new mythological fantasy series for fans of Wicked Lovely and the Shiver series.
Series: The Lux Guardians. Price: Free! Words: 14,820. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
This short story set in the world of The Lux Guardians introduces friends Melody Fylan and Tyr Dahl, residents of the contained world of Underground London Zone in 2033.
A Compilation of Side Stories, Volume One
Series: The Lux Guardians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Read about the first meetings of the Lux Guardians characters in this exclusive ebook. Find out how Miya and Yosiah became friends, what events brought Horatia and Marrin together, and discover how Dalmar and Hele met. (Companion to The Lux Guardians: The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey, which is available for free)
The Forgotten
Series: The Lux Guardians. Price: Free! Words: 119,810. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Honour and Horatia Frie are twins living in a world of wreck and ruin Branwell and Bennet Ravel are twins living in a world of danger and secrecy Miya and Yosiah are friends trying to survive in a world that wants them dead Each tasked with an impossible quest, and faced with unimaginable struggles, they must work together to halt the utter devastation intended for all of their worlds

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