Kelley, how long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before MODERN MONSTERS, and how many never got published?
I’ll admit…I’m pretty fortunate. My first published novel was with Entangled Publishing just as they opened their doors, and that was Hushed. It was only the second book I’d written. (The first one still sits in a folder all by its lonesome, probably never to be published.) I know others who wrote five or ten books before being published. Whether this was purely luck on my part, I have no idea. Every book I’ve written since then has found its way to readers.
What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?
My writing ritual is a lot like my life: disorganized, hahaha. In ideal circumstances, I prefer writing when I’m home alone with absolutely no distractions. When I’m plotting and editing, I listen to music, but I find myself getting distracted with it if I’m actually trying to write. So for writing itself, I have an instrumental list of various things… Lindsey Sterling, E.S. Posthumus, video game OSTs, etc.
What are you working on now?
I always seem to have multiple projects going on! I’m working on an awesome collab with Nyrae Dawn. I also have a short story I’m writing for an anthology that is a step just slightly out of the contemporary realm I’m used to, and I have a few other books in various stages of completion… Some LGBT, some not. The one I’m most excited for is an LGBT book that I think will most appeal to those who enjoyed Suicide Watch.
ABOUT THE BOOKModern Monsters by Kelley York
Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went…
And wished he hadn’t.
Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie's best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon.
But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOROnce upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
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