photo by: Curtis Lantinga
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
Q: With so many various writing conferences and cons nowadays, authors seem to have several options to fill their schedules. What is it about Romantic Times that made you add this event to your busy schedule?
Q: As far as busy schedules go, do you find time to read for yourself? If so what are some of your current favorite books?
A: I don’t read as much as I once did–too much time spent reading for research or editing. But I still read a lot. One recent YA favourite was Holly Black’s White Cat.
Q: So many adults are enjoying the YA genre now. Do you feel like your writing has messages for the targeted audience of young adults, or do you keep in mind the cross-over audience as well?
Q: Do you ever get “star-struck” meeting other authors or have “fan-girl” moments?
A: Yes, and they’re often very awkward moments where I feel very much like a teenager 🙂 I remember my first RT. After my first panel, a reader had brought books for me to sign, so I sat down in a front row seat to sign hers, and soon had a mini-line. Then next panel of authors comes in and I don’t notice until I look up and see Laurell K. Hamilton and realize my accidental signing is holding up an LKH panel. I high-tailed it out of there fast, and learned that if anyone brings books, I sign them outside, or my first encounter with an author I admire may be an embarrassing one.
Q: Since Romantic Times has an emphasis on romance, who are some of your favorite romantic couples of fiction, or ones perhaps you’ve created?
Q: Are there certain things you have to have to write, like snacks or music?
A: I’m rarely without a cup of coffee or cappuccino. The drink may end up going cold as I get immersed in my work, but it’s always there.
Q: Writing seems to be such a personal thing, is it hard to send your work out into the world? How do you deal with getting feedback from so many different people?
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to young adults (on anything), what would it be?
Q: What is your opinion on the steady popularity of supernatural elements in YA fiction? Do you think that the Vampire (were’s, angels, demons, fairies) trend is here to stay?
A: I’ve been writing the supernatural in adult since 2001. So I’m not surprised to see it catch on in YA. Will it last? Probably not. With the adult world, we saw the trend explode as everyone said “paranormal is hot.” That led to some great stuff…and some not-so-great stuff as writers moved into it for the marketability, not a love of paranormal fiction. A saturation point will be reached and readers will hit overload, and authors will move elsewhere, though some will stay and satisfy that smaller market.
Q: As writers of Young Adult fiction, teens (and some adults for that matter) can get kind of obsessed with characters and the authors that created them. Do you enjoy the fame and attention you have gained from writing or is it more of a nuisance?
Q: What is next for you? Any exciting news you could share…or tease us with?
A: While I have a lot of short stories published in anthologies–about a half dozen a year–I just recently co-edited my first anthology. Enthralled come out in the fall, as my co-editor, Melissa Marr, and I present 16 YA tales of the supernatural from authors whose work we love. I have a story in it, too–a post-Reckoning tale about Chloe and the others.
We are giving away a copy of Kelley Armstrong’s latest release The Gathering (Darkness Rising Book 1)
*Read Desi’s review on The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
*Read Mona’s Review of Waking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong