Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Kelli McCracken to the blog. She is the author of What the Heart Wants. If this book sound like something that you would be interested in reading, please find the buy links part way down the post and pick up a copy or two.
IBP: Try to describe your book in one sentence.
Kelli: Two souls, linked together since creation, brought together by fate.
IBP: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Kelli: For the most part, yes. I’ve had a love affair with books for as long as I can remember. Before I knew how to read, I made up stories in my head that went along with my picture books. I had tons of books, too.
When we started covering poetry in school, I really enjoyed it. I started writing it outside of school. Then I discovered Edgar Allan Poe. His poetry and stories fascinated me so much that I switched from writing poems to writing stories.
I originally started this book when I was 13. Granted, the storyline has changed dramatically, but the idea came to life at that point in time. I worked on other books off and on over the years. Then I had a thought. Maybe other people would like my stories, too, so I took a leap of faith. That’s one leap I’ll never regret.
IBP: Do you listen to music while writing?
Kelli: Oh yes. Music is an essential part of my writing process. I have a playlist for each book. Readers collect books. I collect music.
IBP: Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
Kelli: Never, ever give up on your dream. If writing is your passion, nothing will take its place. Find time to write every day, even if it’s just a few sentences. Once you get in a routine, the pages start coming. I think critique groups are a good place to get feedback and improve your craft, but don’t let anyone (no matter how highly you think of them) tell you that you can’t do it. You can. All you have to do is believe in yourself. Others will do the same.
IBP: What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Kelli: Writing, in itself, is a job that doesn’t stop. Writers don’t get a chance to ‘clock out’. We’re always writing or thinking about writing. There are moments when we need to shut down and let ourselves relax and have fun. You don’t get many of those moments because you feel guilty if you aren’t writing. Of course, if you’re like me and other writers I know, your characters won’t shut up. They are always chatting about their lives or arguing with you about what direction you’re taking them in the story. They love to switch things up and make your life difficult. #sanityisoptional
IBP: What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
Kelli: As I mentioned above, it never fails for my characters to change their mind about something. Normally it’s how the story will end. I have 3 published books and with each one, I thought I knew how the story would wrap up, but when I got there, my characters were like, ‘Oh no, honey. That is not how it ends. Move out of the way and let me write this.’ It drives me crazy, but I like it, too.
IBP: Where do you get your inspiration?
Kelli: The majority of my inspiration comes from music. I literally zone out with a song and a scene unfolds in my mind. Sometimes it takes a couple songs to achieve this, but the result is always the same. The base of my chapter is ready to be written.
IBP: Which genres do you prefer to read?
Kelli: I write what I read. Romance. I’m a sucker for a happily ever after. My favorite sub genres are paranormal romance, and historical romance. I’ve read other types, but those two are my favorites.
IBP: How important do you find the communication between you and your readers?
Kelli: It’s very important to me. I love to connect with readers and chat with them online. They give me great feedback, especially when I’m working on a new project.
IBP: Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
IBP: If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want for company?
Kelli: Taylor Kitsch
IBP: Is there anything else you’d like to share to your followers and readers?
Kelli: I just want to thank them for taking a chance on me. For believing in me and for encouraging me to keep writing. They are the biggest reason I do this. I look forward to sharing more books with them this year.
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Do dreams foretell the future? Are there soul connections that go deeper than love?
He can sense her emotions at any place and time. Their bond is powerful but a mystery. One thing he knows for sure. She’s plagued his dreams for months. Maybe even longer.
Being involved with a celebrity is the last thing she imagined…or wanted. Can she forget the pain from the past? Can he let go of his fears?
What the Heart Wants is available on Amazon.
Before I could read, I used my imagination to make up stories to match the illustrations in my books. My love for reading carried over to adulthood. Then writing came along.
When I’m not writing or looking for duct tape for my inner critic’s mouth, you can usually find me hanging out on Twitter: @Kelli_McCracken or in my secret group on Facebook.
Personally, I think Forrest Gump’s momma said it best. Life is like a box of chocolates. Mine is full of nuts. My motto: sanity is optional, but not a requirement. My characters love waking me up in the middle of the night for long talks. They have no sense of time.
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