Interview With New Author, Kelly Edwards

I got to “sit down” and talk with Kelly Edwards, author of Scorcher, and ask her what it’s like to have a book out, how and why she chose the route she did, and a lot of other things that have absolutely nothing to do with writing at all. She was a fantastic sport and great fun to talk to.

You can get Scorcher in physical copy or ebook.

Nerdmobile: So, Kelly, tell everybody what the book and series are about.

Kelly: Scorcher explores the concept that supervillains are people too.
They’re not always megalomaniacs with dreams of world domination.
Sometimes they’re just people doing whatever they must to get by.
Aidan Grey is a college student with goals for the future, a drive to
succeed, and little time for romance. She’s also a woman with a
secret. At eleven, she was orphaned due to the accidental use of her
pyrokinetic abilities. She was taken in by the secret criminal
organization known as Iris and trained to use her abilities for the
organization’s profit. Marty Knox is a police detective who loves his
family, tries to genuinely make a difference in the world and falls
hard for Aidan. He shows up just as Aidan is starting to question her
loyalties to Iris and she’s surprised to find that she can’t resist
him, even if it would be dangerous to get involved with someone on the
right side of the law. What Aidan doesn’t realize is that Marty has a
secret of his own, one that would endanger both their lives if
discovered by Iris.

The series itself expands on this topic as Aidan struggles with
figuring out where her loyalties lie and fights for the freedom to
make that choice for herself, as opposed to allowing the organization
that’s owned her for half her life to continue to make all of her
decisions.

Nerdmobile: You are a brand spanking new author, but that doesn’t mean you just now picked up writing. How long have you been at it?

Kelly: I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid. I used to write plays to perform for my parents. In middle school and high school, that morphed
into poetry and short stories. And I must say, thank goodness the
internet wasn’t really a thing back then. Or else there might be some
of that middle school poetry coming back to haunt me.

Nerdmobile: What drove you to the method of publishing you used?

Kelly: I’m a control freak. Seriously though, I really liked the idea
of getting my book out there on my terms and spending time building my
audience instead of spending time trying to sell my novel to
publishers. I also enjoy some of the other things that have come with
marketing, from working closely with my cover artist to designing my
own website and running my own promotions on Facebook and Twitter.

Nerdmobile: Will you continue with self publish, or are you hoping to be picked up by a publishing house?

Kelly: At this point, I’m really enjoying the self-publishing process
but I wouldn’t say no if the right offer came along. Right now, I
think that my books fall into a niche market as they are unabashedly
genre fiction. While genre fiction can and does sell to traditional
publishing houses, it is a tougher sell.

Nerdmobile: In your opinion, what is the difference between the two?

Kelly: The biggest difference between the two is the degree of control
an author has over the finished book. With a traditional publishing
house most authors have very little, if any, say in what the cover or
layout look like. They are also under deadlines from the publishing
house instead of self-imposed deadlines. Of course, with a traditional
publishing house there is a chance for wider distribution so if that’s
what you’re interested in, there are many times when it’s worthwhile
to give up some of your creative control so you have the chance to get
your story out there to a wider audience.

Nerdmobile: Is writing your first love?

Kelly: Actually, my first love was a boy named Jimmy who was the He-Man to my She-Ra. Sadly, no one told us that they were brother and sister. But
after Jimmy, telling stories was my first long-lasting love.

Nerdmobile: Would you marry writing?

Kelly: No, I’ve already got a wonderful husband. Writing is just the sexy,
alluring mistress that I lavish with gifts and spend most of my free
time with. (Sorry, honey!)

Nerdmobile: If you and writing had babies, … oh wait. That would be your
book. What was your inspiration for this particular story?

Kelly: This story, like most of my stories, started with the characters.
Aidan came to me first. I really liked the idea of a character who has
reasons for being a villain and who might not be looking for
redemption at the start of the story but isn’t fully evil either. The
story evolved naturally from there. I had help from a dear friend,
Paul Leone, in developing Marty as someone who is both the anithesis
of what Aidan is but is similar enough to forget a strange sort of
connection.

Nerdmobile: So you’re a character driven writer, have you ever attempted to write a story that focuses not on the people but on the situation?

Kelly: I’m working on a story now where I came up with a basic sketch of
an idea first and then started filling in the characters. I would say
that the plot or situation tends to feed and inform the characters and
vice versa.

Nerdmobile: Do you fall in love with your characters?

Kelly: All the time. It’s getting rather full in my heart because every
character I’ve ever written has carved out a spot. If I don’t write
with them for awhile, I will start to miss certain characters. I also
frequently feel guilty if I’m not writing often enough to get their
stories out.

Nerdmobile: Writers read, that’s a given. Who is your favorite author?

Kelly: I have a confession. I am a book slut. My favorite author changes on a semi-regular basis and I’ve never committed to just one favorite.
Authors I’m loving quite a lot currently are Seanan Mcguire, Jim
Butcher, and Jim C Hines. Susan Ee is also my new favorite up and
comer to watch.

Nerdmobile: So there’s not one author that you’ve read since you were younger that still holds up for you today?

Kelly: Lois Lowry and J.R.R. Tolkien both stand out, though it’s been
awhile since I’ve reread either author. Unfortunately, my reading time
is very limited now so I usually try to seek out books that I haven’t
read yet and don’t have as much time as I would like for reading the
old favorites.

Nerdmobile: What is your favorite book of all time? How many times have you read it?

Kelly: See above, re: book slut. The Harry Potter books are my go-to comfort books for when I just want to read something familiar. I’ve lost count
of how many times I’ve read those. I’ve also lost count of how many
times I’ve read the Dresden Files.

Nerdmobile: Do you have other nerdly pursuits?

Kelly: Aside from the standards: reading comics and sci-fi and fantasy books, watching sci-fi and fantasy TV shows and debating them online, I’m
also really into making superhero costumes and of course, wearing them
to conventions and charity events.

Nerdmobile: What was the first comic you read?

Kelly: While I have loved superheroes for most of my life, I’m actually
relatively new to reading actual comics. I started reading them about
7 or 8 years ago. The very first comic I read was the trade of Batman:
Year One.

Nerdmobile: Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

Kelly: There are a lot of superheroes that I absolutely adore, but I
would have to say that Black Canary (II, ie Dinah Laurel Lance) is my
all-time favorite. I could write an essay or two on why I love her but
I’ll try to spare you all the reading. I love her because her
backstory includes a mother-daughter relationship that is complicated
and not cut-and-dry. Dinah took up her mother’s mantle against Dinah
Sr’s wishes, and so you have both an act of rebellion and following in
her mother’s footsteps in one. In the best comics where Dinah is
featured, this informs her character beautifully. Dinah is also a
character who has a great power (her sonic cry, which can knock people
out, shatter just about anything, etc) but chooses to rely on the
abilities that’s she’s gone out and learned as opposed to simply
relying on the fact that she has a superpower. She was also
essentially ‘fridged’ in that she lost her superpower in a heinous,
violent way and yet instead of ceasing to be a hero, she continued on
and became even stronger for working through that loss and finding
ways to thrive without her superpower. And for all my good intentions,
I’ve still written you a novelette so I’ll leave it at that.

Nerdmobile: What is your must watch show currently?

Kelly: Once Upon a Time is currently my must-watch show. I’m a sucker
for fairytales and especially when they’re told in an interesting way.

Nerdmobile: Do you have a show that you go back to a lot? Rewatch again and again?

Kelly: Buffy and Firefly are two of them. I adore Joss Whedon because he
is always pushing the limits of the genres he works within and he
writes some of the most well-rounded female characters around. Even
today, that’s still something that’s harder to find than well-rounded
male characters.

Nerdmobile: Batman or Superman?

Kelly: I love them both, but for me it will always be Superman. Why? Because he is unabashedly a square. He has his morals and he sticks by them,
in spite of the fact that he has the powers of a god and could simply
pummel people until they had no choice but to see things his way.

Nerdmobile: If you were able to choose a superpower, what would it be? Why?

Kelly: Is the ability to run on no sleep considered a superpower? If so, I
would definitely choose that because there are not enough hours in the
day. Otherwise, I would choose teleportation because I’m impatient and
hate waiting to get places.

Thanks to Kelly for taking the time out of her schedule to chat! I wish her luck in her future ventures and hope she enjoyed the interview as much as I did. I’m still curious as to her favorite villain, but maybe that’s a closely guarded secret for a reason.

Maybe she’s her own favorite villain…

DUN DUN DUN!

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The Tudors – Seasons 1 + 2

There’s one very large issue with watching a historically based show. Even if the story doesn’t follow the texts perfectly, even if some things are added or removed, it’s all pretty much pre-determined. No matter who you might want to see prevail, no matter who you might come to like a whole lot, or hate more than you thought you would, there’s only one end the trail can come to in the end.

Having said that – I very much enjoyed watching King Henry VIII prance around in the body of Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the most dramatic fashion possible.

There are a couple story lines within the main spectacle that I wish they had continued to follow. Such as the choir boy and the ghost girl. That was getting really really interesting when they abandoned it. Actually, that kid sort of vanished completely, come to think of it.

Besides the pretty cast, the main thing that attracted me to this show is the gorgeous costumes. I would more than gladly run around in dresses like they put on the women in the show – all the women, and thinks it’s incredibly unfair that I’d get laughed at and/or placed in a loony bin if I did so now.

The chick that they got to play Anne Boleyn did her job very well, and pulled off the crazy and jealous very well. I definitely believed that she went out of her effing gourd there at the end. Bat shit. That cackle she perfected is something to be reckoned with. And the nutball look she can produce in her eyes, that’s not easy to do.

It’s funny how you start to recall what you learned in history over 10 years ago when you’re watching a television show about it.

I’m also now considering watching The Other Boleyn Girl just to see how it compares. It already has the distinct disadvantage of not being able to run out it’s story through 20 hours. But perhaps that means that it held itself to a higher standard? It’s also difficult to imagine them being able to find actors that can hold a candle to the ones in this show.

I can’t believe that I watched the entire 20 hours in two and a half days. It went by so quickly. And in my watching, I’ve decided that I would like thousands of people ready to shit their pants at my say so.

Purposes and ideas

Now that there are a few more people actively looking at this thing, I thought that I might clarify a couple of things.

First, as I’ve said before, this entire blog has a focus on the geekier things of life, but within that, it has no particular focus. I like a large number of things, and feel the need for an outlet for all of them. There are handy tags, however, so that you can see opinions on video games, or movies, or television, or books, or really random shit that comes to mind.

Second, I might have a large focus on something for a long time and abruptly shift to something else. Like Star Wars. It seems as if the bulk of the posts for a long time were Star Wars, and that was because a lot of the things I was involved with at that time had to do with it. I had a very large series of books to read, I had a video game to play. Of course, I also have Star Wars in my every day life. But now suddenly, the focus seems to be vampires. Why? Because now there are a lot of vampire books being read. It doesn’t happen on purpose, I promise.

Third, I don’t truly review things. I give my opinion on them. I do my best to not reveal spoilers, or anything within what I’m writing about that I think people should discover on their own. I’m not going to give a large synopsis of what I’m writing about, because you can look that up elsewhere, and I really find that boring. The point of the reason I’m writing is because I find I want to talk about these things and either nobody around me has had experience with them, or cares. So my reviews aren’t really reviews at all. Just how I feel about it with a possible urging to others to pick it up or leave it the hell alone. This also means that I have no rating system. I’m not going to give something stars. Or anything else like that. My opinion is not going to be anybody else’s. I might think something is a lot better or a lot worse than somebody else. All you can do is read what I thought and go by that.

Fourth, I don’t really care what anybody else thinks. I mean I do, in such that I will pick something up if it’s recommended by somebody, but that’s about the extent of it. I’m not going to completely avoid something if I’m told that somebody doesn’t like it. I’m also not going to judge things based on what friends think. I don’t care if my friends don’t like something, I won’t hide the fact that I do, if I do. I will let them know that I did, in fact, enjoy it, and move on. I don’t expect people to like things because I do, either. Honest opinions are welcome. If you disagree with something I’ve said, then feel free to mention it. I don’t mind. But don’t get angry with me because I like something you don’t, or don’t like something you do. Don’t argue your points, don’t call me stupid. You can tell me WHY you didn’t or did, and we can have a rational discussion on it, but in this space opinions are respected. I like what I like, you like what you like. I also don’t really listen to reviewers. I’ve found too often that I don’t agree with them, so it’s best for me to just find out for myself.

So, there. I think that’s about it. I guess I can answer any other questions that there might be, but I can’t think of what they would consist of.

Range

My geekery is not singular. I have many things that I like to nerd out about. LOTR, Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, cartoons, online roleplay, tabletop roleplay, books, movies, quantum mechanics, steampunk, Ren Faires. I don’t have one main focus. I like to branch out and put my fingers into many pies.

Never LARP though. Never LARP. No offense.

However, it may seem singular here for a while, as I’ve been reading Star Wars extended universe stuff, so that’s where most of my thoughts go a lot of the time. While there’s room in there for other things, it’s being lorded over by this one particular. It’s an abnormal thing for me, and I’m just getting used to it.

Just wanted to give a bit of a heads up.
Where my brain’s at. What can be expected.

Though if I jump ship and switch gears, don’t be surprised. See above.

And Go

I have a lot of really strange, very geeky thoughts, and sometimes I feel like I need a place to just jot them down where they’ll go out and be a part of the real world, where others will see them and it won’t just be me, sitting at home, nerding at myself wondering why I can’t talk to anybody about these things.

Why? Because you can’t have an intelligent discourse with another being when you’re writing everything down in Mead notebooks and stashing them away in your desk.

No more!

Here shall be the space to stretch my limbs and proclaim loudly:

I am nerd. Hear me roar.