Kelley Smith from Writtled is here! Kelley writes seriously spectacular book reviews on her blog. Her reviews have led me to read three books I absolutely loved that I may not have read otherwise. Yeah, she's that good.
Hi, Kelley! Give us the low-down on yourself/writing: I have always loved writing, but that’s what everyone says, right? Actually, before I ever started writing things down, I would come up with wild stories inside of my head to keep myself entertained, and my friends too, actually. I’ve always been in a perpetual state of brainstorming, I suppose :)
I write mainly YA, and romantically inclined YA at that, but I have plans to write New Adult, Romance, Horror, and all kinds of YA under the sun. Have I mentioned I keep a running to-do list of plot lines I need to get to? I have so many books to write, and so little time to do it in. But that’s the writer’s dilemma I suppose. Lol!
It's cool that you write several genres; it shows your versatility.
What inspired you to start your blog? It started as kind of a New Year’s Resolution that died shortly after it was made. I think I started it up again around March, maybe? But it did take a while for me to do it with a fiery passion.
I wanted to be able to meet new writer friends, and people in general, and I had always wanted to have a space where I could write about things that interested me. Now, I’ve met a lot of great (really great), inspiring people, and I’ve found a love for book blogging through it all!
Your blog is perfect for YA writers inclined towards romance. Your reviews are the bomb!
How do you build your blog following? I think the best way to build a blog following is to be active: go to people’s blogs; read their posts; and comment on their posts. Last, but not least, follow other people. They normally return the favor if you make your blog interesting!
Follow, follow, follow. Hmm, there seems to be a theme with my Blogging Mentors.
How do you keep your blog current? I feel guilty answering this right now as life has been oh-so distracting lately, but I would say that the best way to keep your blog current is by you keeping up with your blog. If you’ve been thinking about something a lot, talk out loud about it on your blog. That way, other people can get in on what’s got your gears turning.
Using your followers as a sounding board is a good way to generate ideas.
How has blogging helped your writing? Definitely! It holds you accountable. When I talk about having a lot of writing ideas, people get interested in seeing them, which gets me interested in actually writing about them. Otherwise, I could get stuck just talking about them for the rest of my life. Writer’s write, and bloggers write about writing a lot. So, when I blog and read other’s blogs, I feel I can always learn something, or at the very least be crazy inspired by other people’s awesomeness.
Well said! You've just explained why writers should blog.
Random Question: What is the theme song for your current WiP? I recently got turned on to a song by Ghenet Myrthil from her friend’s band Wishes and Thieves called “Lighthouse.” It sounds SO neat, and it has this floating vibe that gets me thinking about this semi-scifi-ish YA I’ve been noodling.
(Long pause.) Okay, I'm back. I really enjoyed that song! I can see why it inspires you. For everyone else interested in hearing it, click here.
Thank you SO much Emily for having me!!!
Thank YOU, Kelley!