You could be reading Kelley Lynn’s Fracture of Stone! If you want a great fantasy YA, grab this book NOW.
I’m so excited for you to meet Kelley! On top of being a fantastic author and agency-sister, she’s super sweet; so sweet that she’s giving away an amazon gift card and copies of her addictive book!
So get to know Kelley, and then get to know her book!
Welcome, Kelley!!! First, you’ve done an amazing job with vivid, emotional world-building. For me to really tap into emotions while writing, I turn to music. Was there anything in particular that you listened to while writing, or are you a silence kind of girl?
Wow, you nailed this on the head. You should go buy a lottery ticket. I actually had Evanescence’s third album (titled in their name) on constant replay while I wrote this book. Their third album has such an Epic feel to it, and I really felt it was emotionally perfect for the story I was telling. The song Lost in Paradise is perfect for the climatic scene (which I won’t giveaway here…haha)
Silence actually freaks me out. I NEED noise. So if I’m not listening to music while writing then I’m typing away in an airport, or coffee shop or with news channel on.
What has been your favorite part of this insanity we call publishing?
Honestly, the favorite part is having people read my work and give their honest opinions. I know that not everyone will like my work, my writing style, my plot line…whatever. And I’m totally okay with that. I just love hearing what people do and don’t like. People fascinate me. I guess that’s why I love writing so much because it’s an excuse to try different things out on a character and see how they respond. 🙂
Turning it around, what has been your least favorite part?
Least favorite part. The waiting. There is SO MUCH WAITING, in this business. We hurry up to get a manuscript done and then we wait while people critique it. We quickly make the changes and then have more people critique it. Then it’s finally ‘ready’ and we submit to agents/publishers and we wait for rejections…ahem… I mean, requests ;). Then we finally get a contract and we wait for the edits. But, I just use the waiting as an excuse to keep writing.
Is there a scene that inspired you to start, or did you write Fraction of Stone from start to finish?
I always write my manuscripts from start to finish. I do this on purpose because their are ultimately scenes that are more fun to write so I force them to stay in my head until I get to them, using it as fuel to get their faster. 🙂 Fraction of Stone actually started from Akara. I wanted to explore what a girl like her would do depending on the situations she was put in. So I started writing the first chapter and finished ten days later.
That’s it, I swear I’m done harassing you. Congrats on an amazing book, I’m super-psyched to have you on the blog!
Thank YOU for having me! The writing community is so, SO helpful. I really appreciate it and I can’t wait till I get to read your work! 🙂
Trust me, Kelley, I’ll be banging on your door… or, er… email, when I’m up for betas!
Alright you Only Girl Among Boys fans, check out Fraction of Stone and see what you could be reading! Then jump on the rafflecopter link and join in on the giveaway!
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands.
You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.