About Kelly Wyre:
Kelly Wyre enjoys reading and writing all manner of fiction, ranging from horror to romance. She used to work in advertising but is now happily chained to her writing desk and laptop. She believes she’s here to tell stories and to connect people with them. She’s written several novels, novellas, and short stories and has no plans on stopping anytime soon.
Kelly relishes the soft and cuddly and the sharp and bloody with equal amounts of enthusiasm. She’s a coffee addict, an avid movie lover, a chronic night owl, and she loves a good thunderstorm. Currently Kelly resides in the southeastern United States.
What inspires you to write?
Everything, really. A good book, a great movie, a conversation, the way the rain looks through my windows. It’s all cannon fodder.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually a character waltzes into my mind, sits down, and invites me to talk over drinks. I take him or her up on the invitation and start asking questions about who they are, what they want, where they’ve been, and why they’re with me. Pretty soon, a story emerges, and I do my best to be true to the character on paper.
What advice would you give other writers?
Several things, actually:
1. Write what you love. Forget about writing what you know. If you don’t know, that’s what research is for.
2. Write for the love of the words. Don’t write for money, fame, to prove something, because you said you would, or for any other reason. Write for your own love of the craft, and for heaven’s sake, do it for yourself and never, ever for anyone else. Therein lies the roads to madness, depression, and anxiety.
3. Respect the craft: learn about grammar and remember the rules. Always be willing to level-up your writing game. Writing is like having sex: you never completely perfect your craft, and about the time you think you’ve got it, you have to change dancing partners.
4. It’s okay to be afraid of your stories or your characters. Being afraid means you respect them and want to get the story right. Be afraid, be concerned, but never let those fears rule you. Remember that the stories and the characters chose YOU for a reason; they thought you could do it. They believe in you. Don’t let them down.
5. Just write. Even if you think it sucks, even if you’re tired, even if you can’t remember why you ever wanted to put words on paper in the first place – just write. The only blocks out there are the ones you give yourself. Destroy them with prejudice and JUST WRITE.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was approached, actually, for my first novel, written under a different pen name. For my Kelly Wyre books, I looked for publishers who seemed to embody the ideals I felt were important to do right by my stories. I thought about target audiences, marketing strategies, and I read plenty of reviews talking about Who’s Who in the business. The research led me to Torquere Press and Loose Id Publishing, as well as Less Than Three Press, and I’ve been very happy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s having the same labor pains to get into the new century as music did. Personally, I don’t think “real” books will become obsolete any more than “real” CDs/albums. I think they might get packaged differently (for example, a band I love now sells their albums on USB drives that include hosts of extras for fans), but I think tangible books will be available for a while. I also believe that we’re still searching for a new Gold Standard in the industry. Used to be, getting an agent and a run with a major print publisher who put you in bricks and mortar stores was the Gold Standard of Book Publishing. THAT meant you’d made it. Then for a while, it was getting your name and books on Amazon. Now, anybody can write and “publish” a book, and I think authors, publishers, and everybody in between are searching for a new High Standard in a rapidly changing industry.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Romance, Erotica, Contemporary. Literary Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print