KM Kelly

Scottish-born Kate grew up running wild in the fields and woods of East Devon.

Initially studying geology and oceanography at University, Kate went on to have a career as a Marine Scientist, before dipping her toes in the ocean (sorry) of writing.

She has written a number of short stories which have been published in anthologies and magazines, and in 2016, she won the Yeovil Prize for one of these short stories. Her debut YA book, Red Rock, came out in 2013 and her debut adult novel The Sleepers was released in 2022.

Meet Kate Kelly

Questions On Writing

What was the hardest part of your experience writing The Sleepers?
For me, the hardest part of writing is finding the time to sit down at the computer and actually start typing. Life is very hectic for me. But somehow I manage to make it happen.

What does literary success look like to you?
For me, literary success is quite simply people reading and enjoying my book. I had great fun writing it and I hope that my readers get a few hours of enjoyment out of reading it.

How did you celebrate when your book was published?
I was away on holiday with my husband so we popped the cork on a nice bottle of champagne and toasted The Sleepers that way.

How much planning/world building do you do before writing, and how much comes along as you write?
I fall somewhere in between being a plotter or a pantser. I always like to know where the story is heading but I enjoy the surprises my characters spring on me along the way. But I always have a clear sense of setting before I start. For The Sleepers I visited the parts of France I was going to use. (Any excuse really as I love France). And spent time soaking in the ambience, eating the food and drinking the wine.

Do you force yourself to write everyday/regularly, or do you only write when inspiration comes?
I never force myself to write. It’s more a case of snatching the time to do so whenever I can. Sometimes it can be frustrating when my head is so full of story and I can’t make the time to get it down on paper!

Questions on Books and about You

Firstly, the most important question, what books are currently ‘on your bedside table’?
I’ve recently discovered an Icelandic crime writer called Ragnar Jonasson and I’m currently devouring his series of Icelandic Noir. These are on my kindle. I also have a copy of Andy Weir’s Artemis that I was given for Christmas waiting to be read. That one is a physical book.

What children’s book would you suggest every adult read?
An interesting question. I would suggest anything by Alan Garner. The way he blends landscape and myth is magical.

What does your writing space look like?
It looks an awful lot like my kitchen table, but that’s probably because it is!

How many books do you think you own?
I dread to think! Far too many to count but certainly well into three figures. I keep meaning to have a clear out but I can’t bear to part with any of them!

Who is your literary icon?
I reckon it has to be Mary Shelley. Simply because the story of how she came to write Frankenstein is such an interesting one and also because her work was so groundbreaking.

If you could own one rare/1st edition copy of a book, which one would it be?
I reckon it would have to be a copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for the reasons I’ve stated above.

Is there an author who you always read?
Not really. I go through phases and read quite widely. I’m always on the lookout for a new author to try.

And finally, are there any plans for any new books? If so, what teasers can you give us?
All I’m saying about my next book is that there may, or may not, be a UFO.

Thank you Kate for teasing us with that UFO…😊  

KM Kelly Books

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