Please give a cold dead welcome to the ever lovely Kelly Modulon!
When did you decide to become a writer?
I never made a decision to become a writer. I suppose there was always a writer sitting patiently within waiting for her moment to arrive! I was an avid reader as a child…still am of course. I was raised to appreciate language and have always enjoyed the challenge and satisfaction of finding just the right words to express myself with depth and honesty but most importantly, correct exactness. I suppose I became a writer when I decided to make myself complete my first novel. You might say I became a writer when my creative mind finally married discipline.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Norah is a character whom I feel represents an urge in a lot of us. She struggles with being herself whilst still in the somewhat desperate process of finding herself. Most of us go through our lives trying to level the balance of what others expect of us or suggest for us whilst trying to retain the right to be allowed to work that all out for ourselves at our own pace. On one hand Norah is strong-willed, decided and independent. On the other, she is lonely, hurt and searching. A contradiction personified. We are all multi-leveled but the main message here is to allow yourself to be on the journey and it’s okay if you find out that all those others may have been right, even just a little bit.
What does she do that is so special, you ask? Well, she changes without really changing! It’s subtle, clever and opens up a happy ending that will continue throughout the rest of her lifetime…. I hope!
What genre are your books?
Being Norah is a gentle women’s fiction/romance. The romance part isn’t the main storyline but it’s a nice side effect.
I also write children’s fiction stories that are far more adventurous!
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m currently entering the editing stage of my second publication through Satalyte Publishing. The book is entitled Evangeline and it is for readers of around 9-12 years old. I am also working on writing a sequel to go with this story.
What’s it about?
Evangeline is the story of a young girl who finds out that she is part of a secret community that exists within her ordinary small town. The members of this special group are enlightened with certain gifts and talents and a world of astral travelling, ancient symbols, healers and doppelgangers opens up before her.
When a cold mist threatens the local community, it is the enlightened ones who must protect them and Evangeline must learn her gifts quickly in order to help as much as she can.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I feel I’m supposed to say that I plot first and then write around it in the same way one might build the frame for a rose archway and then train the vine, but I would not be being honest. Evangeline certainly happened mostly in that way because a lot of the ideas came from my daughter and I tried to write the story around her original structure but often one thing leads to another and unforeseen vines branch off and I find myself chasing threads around the page trying to just keep up with the story that ends up feeling like it wrote itself.
I often find myself reading back over parts of the story and thinking, wow, I could never have thought of that! …and then I wonder who on earth did then, because there was only me and the keyboard present at the time!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
For Being Norah? Cate Blanchett. She would be graceful, stubborn and beautiful in her simplicity.
For Evangeline? Hmm, not sure. I’ll have to hold auditions!
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Good old-fashioned books in the hand. Paper or hard back without question. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the convenience of ebooks though. I borrow online and buy online all the time but to have bookshelves you need real books and I love to be surrounded by bookshelves!
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
I was very fortunate when Satalyte Publishing offered to publish my books to be lined up with Lyss Wickramasinghe as my editor. For my first editorial experience she was gentle, honest and insightful. Let’s add patient and forgiving in there too. I’m looking forward to repeating the process with her for the final outcome of Evangeline.
Who designed your book cover?
Again it was my great fortune to have my book cover created by Marieke Ormsby of Satalyte Publishing. Marieke, an artist in her own right, beautifully captured the inner sexiness of Norah that is so well hidden that I’m sure even Norah herself would be surprised to see herself depicted in such an alluring light on her own front cover!
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I make myself just keep writing. Even if it’s rubbish and you end up scrapping the lot and changing it later, you have to force yourself to trudge through the mud. It’s almost as if the block needs to be vented. I pretend it’s a school assignment and I have to have something to hand in on Monday no matter what. You’ll pick up the thread sooner or later and you can come back and fix the dodgy bit once your brilliance has been restored! Most importantly, don’t give in to frustration. Go for a good long walk, then sit back down and write until it comes good.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
I don’t know the original brain behind this phrase but I first heard it from my father. I love it because it’s true and it’s empowering. It suggests luck isn’t something we sit back and hope for… we can have a say in it!
Thanks so much for participating this week Kelly! Please be sure to follow Kelly and check out her work!