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Banker by day, writer by night.

Currently residing in Birmingham, AL. The middle child of five, I always had to find ways to entertain myself, so I wrote. Poems, stories, songs: anything that sparked my interest. I also spent my time reading. 

At 16 I began writing Lord of the Rings Fan Fiction for my younger sister. A few years later I had a chance to meet a young author named Christopher Paolini at a signing for his debut novel, Eragon.  Only two years older than me, I was amazed at his talent and success. My mother remarked that "You could do that Kelly.  If you really wanted to, you could write a book." As it turned out I did have an original story I'd been turning over in my head for sometime, so I set to work.

Over the last ten years setbacks, distractions, and other obligations plagued my work. In January of 2013 I decided it was now or never and outlined the story into a trilogy. In November 2013 I signed up for NaNoWriMo and successfully penned 29k works in 30 days. On January 24th I finished my first draft.


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A blast from the past

I live in a small town, but it is amazing how long you can go without seeing someone.  A perfect example of this happened just last week.  I went to a local restaurant to pick up dinner for my family and ran into my high school librarian.
In high school I spent most of my spare time in the library, even working as a library aid, so it shouldn't have surprised me when, even after 11 years she still remembered me.
We talked for a moment and then she asked me about my book.  This was shocking because I don't even remember telling anyone in high school about it.  All the same, I filled her in on my progress and my plans.
She told me that she'd always believed I could do it and that she wanted me to promise her two things.  First, a signed copy when I become published. And Second, to come back to the school once I'm published to do a reading.
I don't know why this struck me so.  I mean I've had people tell me they want a signed copy before, so sure that I would publ…

Purple banners!

I did it!  I edited/wrote over 50K words in 30 days.  I am mentally exhausted, but I couldn't be more thrilled.  I have two weeks until this draft is due at the editor, and it's done.  I can honestly say that I am happy with ever change I made.

Over the last couple weeks I've been really tempted to make some changes that, in the end didn't make a lot of sense.  Thank goodness for some awesome advice and some support from my friends and family.
After sitting on it for a few days I may decide to rework the ending...I am happy with it right now, but someone recently told me that your brain can only make so many good choices in a day, so maybe I won't like it after I sleep on it.
Heck...maybe Taryn will be able to take it early and the decision will be out of my hands all totally.


So...here it is...25 minutes until midnight on November 30th and this is my final word count.

Thank you all for your continued support.  I'll keep you updated on what happens next.

Constructive criticism: Reader Report # 2

So last week, I handed over my manuscript to my editor and asked her to tear it apart and tell me what I did wrong.  It's never easy receiving criticism, but this was about as painless as it comes.  My editor is so wonderful.  She has taken an experience that could potentially be so frightening and made it a breeze.  I cannot say it enough.  If you need editing and/or critique services, check out Taryn Albright.  You won't regret it.

This is my second Reader Report from Taryn.  The last report prompted some major changes and a lot of work.  What did she have to say this time?  Well, I'm on the right track.  There are a few things that still need work, but the good news is the major changes I made the last go round worked well.  Basically there are things here and there that need to be improved and I need to work on my use of commas and periods, and dialog tags. (Confession: I suck at grammar.)  So at least one more pass is needed, but I'll have it done by February.

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