Interview with Kelley Armstrong

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I had the privilege to meet Kelley Armstrong at the Dark Days tour stop in Irving, TX. She was very kind and had some interesting stories related to the foundation of Sea of Shadows, and she said that she would be happy to answer a few questions for us! I asked more about her craft and her journey as a writer rather than a lot about Sea of Shadows, but since that was the latest book out, I decided to go with that banner. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the interview, and make sure to check out her books when you get the chance!

1. How long have you been writing, and what inspired you to begin the journey?
I've been writing since childhood. I think what inspired me was the opportunity to tell my own stories. I loved reading, and writing meant I could make up the stories I wanted to hear.

2. You write books for both adult and YA genres. Which do you like writing best and why?
I don't have a favourite. They're alike enough that I enjoy both, but different enough to be a change of pace, so I don't feel I'm writing the same thing all the time.

3. Do you have any advice for young writers, or any advice you have received over the years that has helped to get you to where you are today?
Keep writing. It's boring advice, but it really is the most important thing. You need to love writing and to keep at it, even if you don't get published quickly (most authors don't!) Do it for the love of story-telling, and your likelihood of publication will rise as you perfect your craft.

4. What are the top 3-5 books that have impacted you the most, whether that is emotionally, spiritually, or helped you in the craft?
Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat" is one. It's the first book I'd read with the "monster" as the protagonist, and is when I started thinking I could do the same thing with werewolves. "Watership Down" was an early favourite, too --a book that showed me that fantasy went much wider than dragons and elves. And I'll include "any Stephen King" novel in the list, for what he showed me about the importance of character-building.

5. If you could be an ice cream flavor, what would you be? 
Rocky Road -I'm a little bit of everything, which shows up in my writing, as I pull in every genre I can!

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