I had the pleasure of interviewing Kellyn Roth, who is launching the new covers of her novels The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective. She’s a great author and a lot of fun to interview!
First, a bit about her.
Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.
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Let’s jump into the interview!
Welcome, Kellyn! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Kellyn Roth (obviously) – author, blogger, highschool student, country girl, princess, and lover of border collies, horses, books, and especially chocolate. I write historical fiction with dashes of Christianity. My favorite color is pink … like, soft pink, though. I also like red. And blue. And emerald green. *nods*
How long have you been writing? Did you want to be published from the start?
I started (officially) writing when I was about seven. I didn’t really think about publishing until I was eleven. So … I’ve been writing seriously for four (almost five) years, while I’ve been writing less seriously for eight or nine years.
Was there anything in particular that inspired The Dressmaker’s Secret?
Not really. To be honest, I came up for the idea when I decided to write a “little” story based on the backstory of one of my characters from a book I never finished writing but still made a lot of plans for.
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Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written?
My favorite character has actually yet to appear in a published novel. Though her grandmother has (and no, you won’t be informed who that is).
Her name is Ruby Farjon. She was born August 15th, 1925, and she was based after me, though, to be honest, very little of me actually shows up in her. She’s sort of a fantasy of what I’d be like if I was boy-crazy (I hardly think about boys) and extraverted (*hides in a hole*). But she is very fun to write, just because she is spunky and sweet. Also, she has this trait where she is serious when she really needs to be that I like. Although, honestly, her ‘needs to be’ are few and far in between. 😉 She’s really not an amazing character … I don’t know why I like her so much!
Where do you go for writing help?
I have a couple writing groups who I can ask questions of, but generally I turn to Google first. Then my fallback is www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. K.M. Weiland’s writing help blog is extremely useful, and it usually has what I’m looking for.
Do you eat/drink anything while writing?
Not usually. However, if I do, I usually get a glass of icewater. Not because I want to be healthy, but because I never drink water and therefore am always thirsty. 😉 But if I had a choice in the matter, I’d be eating all kinds of candy and chocolate and such while I write! (Yes, I am probably going to kill myself with unhealthiness … although I suppose I’m only dreaming about being unhealthy right now …)
What will you be working on next? Will you continue writing?
My next project is a historical fiction novel set during the 1850s, Once a Stratton. It’s about the Abolition, the Underground Railroad, etc. I’m perhaps 50% through it, and I hope to write the rest in July along with a novella called Interpreting Callie James, which is a sweet romance set in 1910. At some point this summer, I’m also going to begin my edits for The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 3: At Her Fingertips.
Any final thoughts?
Thanks for interviewing me, Zane! It was wonderful to answer your questions and have you participate in my blog tour. <3
So. There will be a giveaway for Kellyn’s books right here, and here’s the rest of the blog tour schedule so you can come along for the ride! Make sure you check it out!
Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)
Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)
-Josie @ Josie on the Go (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
Thursday the 22nd
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Brianna Henderson @ Orthodoxy, Hobbits, and Tea (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)
Thanks for reading!