About Kelly Collins:
Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive.
Always a romantic, she is inspired by real time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after and bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.
Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years. She loves hockey, and stops for shiny objects.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been an avid reader. One day I had boarded a plane from New York to Colorado when a gorgeous man took the middle seat beside me. We never said a word but I had a what if question plague me all the way home. What if you met your happily ever after on a flight to job interview, only to find out he’s your new prospective boss. Tempo was born that day.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is an amalgamation of plotting and pantsing. I outline on a whiteboard but use Scrivener to organize. I always start my stories by writing a biography for my main characters. I learn a lot about them during that intimate conversation. Although outlined, I allow myself the creativity to venture away from the outline knowing that if I get stuck, I can always come back to the outline to dig my way out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have deep internal conversations with my characters. The best stories are when they won’t shut up. I don’t get much sleep but I get a lot of material. I go into a story thinking I know who my characters are, but they always surprise me by the way their personalities unfold.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take your time to produce a quality read, your readers will appreciate it. Don’t chase the newest trend because by the time you step on board, that ship has already sailed. The market changes daily, be flexible but be true to yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There was no question about being indie. It was the only choice for me at the time. Amazon made it easy to self-publish. I think it’s a personal choice as to whether a writer goes indie, traditional, or hybrid. They all have their pros and cons. I wanted to control my books from inception to release and the only way to do that was to go indie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is unwritten. There will always be stories to write and readers to read them. Produce a quality product and sell it for a fair price and they will come.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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