About Kelly St Clare:
When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is dreaming up a story in her head; the cause of many headaches for her friends and family, who have struggled to encourage her participation in normal activities – such as everyday life.
Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read.
A New Zealander in origin, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband.
What inspires you to write?
The stories in my head! I am an avid reader and every time I read a book I can’t put down, I immediately want to write my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
This was my debut book, but I half way through my second so I’ll share what I know. First draft – just keep writing. Don’t worry about if the facts add up, if your writing is any good and don’t be too worried about the finer details of setting and character. It took me the whole of the first book until I had a firm grip on these things!
Second draft – make everything make sense, if that makes sense….this was the hardest draft for me with Book One. From here it is easier. Third draft, fourth draft, fifth draft etc all are just fine tuning.
Around the third draft I sent a copy out to 12 beta readers (who are awesome!) and they critiqued it for me. Once it was as good as I could make it, it was sent to a content and copyeditor – in that order, who fine-tuned it for me.
Off to the formatter to get kindle ready and onto amazon, PUBLISH!! I have to say that moment was one of the best feelings in the world
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Honestly? I hear them in my head. My fiancé can attest to me laughing out loud and cough crying cough a little while doing this.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep going!! The only way to get a book done is to do it, so no excuses.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish on Amazon. The process was much shorter than the alternative routes of going through a publishing company and the author receives a higher percentage of sales on Amazon.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
…I’ve got to say, I think as time goes on the trend will be towards Ebooks. Yes, its nice to hold a real book sometimes, but Ebooks are more convenient (and we are all about convenience now)
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook