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Well… It’s been about a year since I met the wonderful and most interesting, Kelly Charron. And looking back onto the interview I did with her I see how far she’s come. Today, she is revealing the cover of her upcoming book PRETTY WICKED, slated to be released this October. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of if, and without a doubt I give it five stars! It’s a must read for someone who is looking for a fresh take on a YA Storytelling.

Now that PRETTY WICKED is on the verge of it’s debut, let me share with you a few more tantalizing details so you crave a copy as much as I do!

The Synopsis and Cover…

The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.Pretty Wicked 3D Image of Book Cover Black

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

*warning – some graphic content*
Pretty Wicked is a mature YA novel intended for ages 16 and up.

 

Questions about Pretty Wicked…

 

  • What inspired you to write such a dark character?

I’ve always been fascinated with psychology and human motivation. Whenever I read a novel or watched a movie or television show, I was drawn to the villain. I wanted to understand what made them act the way they did––delve into what happened in their lives or minds to make them the person they had become.

When there was the odd story from the “villains” point of view, it seemed to characterize them as “misunderstood” and usually spun them into a likeable character who was the hero of that new version of the story. I wanted to write something unique and portray the villain realistically. What would the story look like if they were a true villain? I got the idea for a teenage serial killer who was unapologetic about who she was and what she wanted and thought it was really interesting to explore what her point of view would be if she drove the story and the “villain” was the detective trying to stop her.

  • Is this your first novel?

Pretty Wicked is the second book I wrote and the first to be published. I have been writing for ten years. My first book was a YA urban fantasy that took me seven years to complete because I kept http___www.pixteller.com_pdata_t_l-485362stopping for huge chunks of time while I completed my degrees (English Lit and Social Work). I finally got serious about writing in 2013 and have just completed my fourth novel.

  • Why did you choose to self-publish?

I did query it to literary agents and received a lot of positive praise for the book. In the end I kept hearing the same feedback: it’s a fascinating concept, the writing and voice are great, but we don’t think we can sell such a dark book to a publisher. I completely understand this. I know this book is going to be very polarizing. People will either love the concept of hate it. So far I have had overwhelmingly encouraging feedback from readers who understand that this is a fictional story that is trying to do something different from most novels. There was some interest from small publishers but the wait times were longer than I was comfortable with. I decided if I wanted to see this book out in the world I was going to have to do it myself. It was an intimidating process, but luckily I have an amazing and brilliant support group who helped me along the way.

  • What genres do you write in?

Psychological thriller, urban fantasy, and horror. I have two YA urban fantasy books, though one may never see the light of day. It’s my first book and would need to be rewritten before I decide its fate. The second (currently titled Wilde Magic) is the first in a planned series that I am very excited about.

Here is a short blurb:

The novel follows fifteen-year-old Ainsley Davenport as she moves from her life in Maine to attend a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts after her widowed mother marries a wealthy man that she can’t stand. At Ashbury Academy, Ainsley meets a group of students whom she finds more sophisticated and exciting than any kids she’s ever encountered. Ainsley is pulled into a world of wealth and extravagance, but it isn’t long before she realizes some things aren’t adding up and there is more to Ashbury than meets the eye. One of the oldest covens in history, The Wildes, is hidden beneath the school grounds. Magic is alive and well, and the coven is actively training new witches in this secret enchanted society. Ainsley soon recognizes that she may be in over her head when she uncovers secrets that she was never meant to know. The magical kind. The deadly kind.

  • Is Pretty Wicked a standalone novel?

http___www.pixteller.com_pdata_t_l-485358The Pretty Wicked series will continue with adult books. The sequel, Wicked Fallout, is currently going through editing and the third book in the series is brewing in my mind. I have some very fun ideas for Ryann.

Wicked Fallout takes place twelve years later when Ryann is 27 years old. That’s all I can say right now as to not reveal spoilers.

  • Ryann is not a very likable character. Do you like her?

I actually do. I really enjoyed writing her. I don’t agree with anything she does at all! In that sense, Ryann is deplorable! But what I like is her humor and wit and the way she owns who she is. She was a fun character to write because she is so different to most characters out there. It’s like when you see a Hollywood actor discuss their favorite roles. Often they say the villain roles were their preferred because it was more fun and exciting to play. There are forbidden elements that make it a bit more exciting than the standard hero. It’s no different for me as the writer.

  • What is your writing process?

I have a day job so writing usually happens in the evenings and on weekends. I work in a school so I am fortunate to have shorter days, two vacation break periods, and summers off which really help me carve out the time needed.

On a writing day (Saturday or Sunday) I will get up, shower, eat breakfast, procrastinate with some TV and then get to it. I’ll make a coffee and park myself on my couch (even though I have a beautiful desk in an actual home office). I’ll write for about 2-3 hours (about 1500-2000 words on average). I may do another session later that evening if I’m really inspired. I watch a lot of television and read widely to inspire my creativity and ideas.

I also have an amazing group of friends who are writers as well and we meet up to have writing and brainstorming sessions, which is fantastic!

Where can you find the book and more about Kelly…
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Goodreads: PRETTY WICKED

Amazon: PRETTY WICKED

Sign up for her mailing list or check out upcoming books at: http://kellycharron.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KellyMCharron
Facebook: https://goo.gl/UNkH3g
Goodreads: https://goo.gl/rf4NlM
Mailing address:
340-255 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC
V3H 5H1

 

A fellow Canadian writer! Nice to meet you! Through some of the chatting we’ve, you’ve told me that your book is not yet published. Can you tell me a bit about this project your working on?

The current manuscript is a YA thriller called Pretty Wicked. It’s about Ryann Wilkanson, a fifteen-year-old serial killer living in a small town in Colorado. Her father is one of the town’s police officers. Ryann uses him, his fellow officers, and her experience at the police station to study how to get away with murder. Even as a small child, Ryann knew she was different. Instead of concerning herself with toys and games, she was secretly studying infamous serial killers who she refers to as The Greats. The story is told in first person by Ryann, as she plots murder, incites chaos, and tries to thwart the cops in her small town Dungrave.

I have two complete novels, and am currently working on a third book as well.

Are you thinking of self-publishing or traditional publishing to get your book out there, and why?

I’m currently querying agents, but am not opposed to self-publishing. It’s a great option for authors. The publishing industry can be very tough and it’s nice to know that writer’s have more options to get their work out. Ideally, I would like to be a hybrid author. It seems to be a nice mix of both avenues.

Do you write full time or have a job as well?

I have a part-time job as an Educational Assistant. Before that I worked as a Youth Outreach Worker in the Vancouver area. Both are excellent fodder for stories about teens. I have the ability to test out ideas on potential readers and get direct feedback, which has been extremely helpful.

Do you find that things in your daily life find their way in to your novel?

Of course. I don’t see how they couldn’t. The subconscious is a powerful thing and even when I don’t knowingly use things from my life in a novel, I’ll catch something later when I’m editing. If something I’ve experienced fits and will enhance my story, I have no problem putting those details into a book. Characteristics and certain nuances of people I’ve met and places I’ve been definitely influence my work.

Are you reading anything right now? How is it?

I’ve been going through a lot of friend’s manuscripts right now as they are also querying. The last published novel I really loved was by E.E. Cooper. It’s a YA suspense called Vanished. It was really well written and fun. The book is dark and twisty, but contrasts nicely with flecks of humor.

I commend you for starting your author platform before your book is finished. What social medias can people discover more about you and your work?

I am on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I am in the midst of building my website www.kellycharron.com, which will be up and running this week.

Facebook author page-
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-Charron/462957423875068

Twitter-
https://twitter.com/KellyMCharron

Goodreads-
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/21131117-kelly

I love to ask this question. If your book became a TV show or movie, who would you cast to play the main characters of your book?

Nicola Peltz is the perfect Ryann. She stars in Bates Motel as the beautiful but troubled Bradley Martin. I actually wrote Ryann with her in mind. Interestingly enough the role of her nemesis, Sergeant Estevez, also stars on Bates as Sheriff Alex Romero, played by the talented Nestor Carbonell. Stephen Moyer from True Blood could easily play her dad, Detective David Wilkanson. Ryann has too many friends for this game, but I would say that Austin Butler from the Carrie Diaries would be a great Lucas.

Did you always dream of being a writer?

It has been a dream for many years. I used to carry blank notebooks and fancy pens around and pretend I was a famous journalist and interview my family members when I was six and seven years old. I wrote a few stories, complete with illustrations, around nine and ten year old. But, I didn’t give it serious consideration until my mid-twenties. I was too insecure and overwhelmed to write, so I read every Writer’s Digest and Craft book on writing that I could get my hands on for a few years before I wrote my first book.

What’s been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned writing and trying to get your book published?

That writing is mostly rewriting and editing, and that you often need another set of eyes to help see things that you are no longer capable of finding in your own work. On the publishing side, I was surprised to learn that most authors write an average of 6-10 books before they get picked up by an agent and publish their first novel. I also discovered that there is no such thing as security in publishing. I was under the misconception that once you were published with one book, you had an ongoing contract with that house. I’ve learned since that it is often a succession of different contracts and that you can be essentially let go at any time. I have read about a few authors who were released mid series. It’s a scary thought, but I love writing too much to let any setbacks inhibit me. If I had, I guess I wouldn’t still be querying my second novel. You just have to be open to the stages of publication and learn what you can in each.

Do you have a favorite author? What strikes you about their work?

Successful published friends aside J, I love Anne Rice, Stephen King, Nova Ren Suma, and Maggie Stiefvater. Wait that was four. There are too many amazing authors. What stands out most about Rice and King is how prolific they are, but more than that is their ability to write widely across genres. Each of the mentioned authors take risks in their work. They choose subjects and ideas that are at times controversial and they tell their stories through narrators or points of view that aren’t always likeable or conventional. These are the most interesting stories to me.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for asking me (a yet to be published author) to be a guest on your blog Katherine! You’re so lovely, and I had a blast.