Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Megan Kelly, lover of chocolate and writer of stories. My kids have grown into wonderful humans, so now I take imaginary people and whip them into shape. I’m a huge believer in family and happily ever after. I live in the St. Louis area, where the weather has an imagination–and sense of humor–of its own.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
All have challenges! Everything in the first book needs to be imagined, filled in and fleshed out. That’s fun as well as a lot of work. The following books in a series bring some established people and places, which can be either restrictive or a godsend, and sometimes both.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I love my characters, and since each has his/her own struggles, every book feels different. The first three “Love in Little Tree” books feature the same wedding and some characters who are in all the books. When I’m revisiting a scene readers saw in another book, I tell it from another character’s viewpoint. It challenges and amuses me to see it through different eyes, to reveal or hide things in dialogue or action.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Find a support group. Seriously. I am energized when I spend time with other writers. I have non-writer friends in whose company I can forget the stress of my writer life. My husband knows how important writing is to my well-being. Surround yourself with positivity, and give yourself an escape if you need it. A day off. A handful of chocolate. Whatever it takes.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I’m a binge writer, so I’ll write until I’m emotionally spent, then have to take several days’ break to recharge. I’d say how long it takes depends on the scene, which also determines the recovery time.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
Ooooh, how fun! I’d want Chris Hemsworth to play Jack Walker in “The Wedding Rescue.” He needs to be believable as a cowboy, rugged and sexy, but not a jerk. Jack is a widowed father to a little girl, and I think Chris would be awesome in the role.
Wait, wait–Chris Evans did that movie where he was the uncle of a gifted girl, and he was wonderful. OH, but what about Hugh Jackman?! He played a believable cowboy and he’s yummy–uh, I mean, sensitive. Okay, I guess casting isn’t my strength.
What are your social links?
What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/megan-kelly/id187119024
Barnes & Noble: https://tinyurl.com/2me2yx35
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