About Kelli McCracken:
Kelli McCracken spends most of her days in front of her computer, crafting her next novel. She loves to read and occasionally curls up with a good book. When she’s not chauffeuring kids, cleaning house, or hog-tying unruly characters, she enjoys taking hikes, drinking coffee, or listening to music.
“I’ve learned that in life, you can never take anything too serious. Murphy’s Law never fails, and if you spend your life trying to be perfect, you miss out on mishaps that can turn into miracles. Take time to appreciate life. It’s gone before you know it.”
Kelli lives with her husband and children in Eastern Kentucky. To learn more about the author, you can find her on Facebook or visit her website at www.kellimccracken.com.
What inspires you to write?
Music. I absolutely love it. When I hear a song, a scene plays before my mind, like a movie. I form play lists when I’m plotting my novels, and when I hit a bit of writer’s block, music normally unblocks me.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I first started writing, I wrote by the seat of my pants. Now that I’m a seasoned author, I do outlines. I find they help keep me organized, but my characters like to veer off track sometimes. It all works out in the end. My absolute favorite software to use when formatting my books is Scrivener. I created my own outline, so I use it in this program or Microsoft Word. I keep timelines for my series on Evernote.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! They love having a party inside my head. Sometimes, my husband will catch me grinning and ask me why. I tell him he has no idea about the conversations going on inside my head. The loudest of them all is Layne Perry, one of the characters from my Soulmate Series.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t go into this industry expecting to be a bestseller. Go in with the idea of creating something that makes you happy. Then share it with the world. As long as you’re happy with what you’ve created, no one else’s opinion will matter, and you will be faced with many opinions.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never sent them to agents or publishing houses. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be an Indie Author. I don’t regret my decision, but I will admit there are days it’s hard being on your own.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m not sure where the market is going, but since the creation of eBooks and reading devices, it is my hope that more people will start reading or continue reading. There are so many wonderful books available. We need more readers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, paranormal romance, fantasy romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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