Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Kellie Wallace!
Born in Sydney, author Kellie Wallace developed a love for the written word early in life, writing her first story at aged three. Her father used to read to her at bedtime, establishing a deep love and respect for books.
Kellie wrote her first fiction fantasy novel called Giblin the Conquer, an X Files fan fiction and a military fiction while in high school. After finishing school, Kellie moved to the sunny Northern Beaches and carved a successful career in the media/advertising industry writing for numerous Sydney based publications. But that didn’t stop Kellie’s love to write. An aspiring novelist, she fulfilled a dream in 2008 having her first book All She Ever Wanted published at the age of 22 years old.
Since 2013, Kellie has established herself as a hybrid author, writing a range of genres from historical fiction, fantasy, crime and new adult fiction. Her next release When our Worlds Collide will be published late 2016/early 2017.
She currently resides in Sydney with her husband. In her spare time, Kellie loves to write, game, draw, exercise, and binge on her favorite TV shows.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? No, I wanted to be a lawyer. I penned my first “Story” at a very young age but didn’t think much of it until I hit my early teens. It was just a hobby. When I wrote my first proper novel and got it published in 2007 did I realize being an author was what I wanted to do.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I love World War II history, and I’m utterly obsessed with the 1940’s. I’m very passionate about the clothes, the movies, the actresses, the cars, everything about it. So I wanted to create that world in my books. [I’m a big fan of 40’s and 50’s fashion and entertainment, too.]
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Trying to devise ways of killing people for my dystopian Edge of Tomorrow was an odd experience. It was fun and creative time!
What are you currently working on? I’m working on a speculative fiction called As Our Worlds Collide. Almost done with it!
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Rogue Agent was inspired by John Wick to be honest. I’d written a crime/thriller novel To Lean On Falling Men in 2013 and wanted to try again.
Once I started Rogue Agent I couldn’t stop. There’s some freedom when writing a crime/thriller. It was very fun to write.
What was the hardest story for you to write? My WWII romance Her Sweetest Downfall. It was set during the London Blitz so I had to be historically correct as well as being a fiction novel. I didn’t want it to be become a non-fiction.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I don’t really have a process. I plan out the general plot and plot points and create the novel from there. Sometimes, things may come to be I hadn’t planned as I write and I would throw it in. It’s happening more often as my writing becomes more diverse.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I loved Seth Langdon in Rogue Agent. He was someone I’ve never created before: wounded, guarded, strong, defiant. All my other characters have been head strong and known what they wanted in life. Seth was loosely based on Keanu Reeves in “John Wick”.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think every author implements a part of their personality into their characters. A part of me is in every one.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I always experience it! If I do, I find a walk around the block or even watching a movie or TV show seems to dislodge me from the writer’s block. If that doesn’t help, I usually step away from the novels for a couple of days.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Paranormal romance because there’s a good market for it, and I’ve written one before.
Which authors inspire you? Tami Hoag and Marie Joseph
What novel would you read multiple times? Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? The horse since I was a child.
What is your favorite color? Teal and burgundy
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Join me next week when the spotlight is shone on Kayti Nikai Raet, a Young Adult author from the Bronx! Can’t wait!