Author Interview: Kelsey Anne Lovelady

Let me start by saying Kelsey is an amazing individual. I have known her for the last year and a half. We met during the Darkened Veil Universe project where I voiced the Cretan Creature Minotauros and she voiced the Witch of Camelot Morgan Le Fey. Our characters wound up married and Kelsey and I became really close friends. I’m excited and honored for her to be my first ever author interview.

Tell me about yourself

By day, I work in customer service for an insurance company. In 2018, I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Wyoming. I love dogs, reading, crystals, tea, and Dungeons and Dragons.

What inspired you to write?

Tamora Pierce, ultimately. I started reading her books in middle school, and that’s what got me to love reading. And from a love of reading, a love of writing naturally evolved.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

To write?

Same, though I want to dabble in many genres.

What is your favorite piece of work you’ve written?

That would be my current work-in-progres, Indifferent. It’s like nothing I’ve written before and something I never thought I was going to write, but it has played a major part of my life now and I am excited to share it with the world.

How do you handle good and bad reviews of your work?

Frankly, I don’t read reviews. The reviews are for the readers. I get my feedback during the Critique Partner and Beta-Reader phases. I have someone send me good reviews to add to my motivation folder, but other than that, I don’t look at the reviews that weren’t from the ARCs.

What is your favorite part about writing?

Probably brainstorming. It is such an endorphin rush to come up with an idea and start fleshing out the ideas for characters, setting, world, and plot.

Least favorite?

Trying to find the right words. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard.

What social media site has been the most beneficial for your writing?

Pinterest. I love being able to visualize certain parts of my novels, and Pinterest really helps with that.

What does the future hold for you?

Right now I’m working on moving into my new apartment. I am also writing for Rewritten Realms online magazines, In The Pantheon and In The Crescent. And when I’m not at work, I’m going to be editing my novel Indifferent and preparing it for beta-readers.

Any advice you would like to give other authors?

If you are considering becoming a writer because you think you’re going to make your fortune that way, you are not going to succeed. People who can make a living off of their writing are the blessed few, and if money is your only motivation, you are not gonna finish that first draft. Because this shit is HARD.

Anything you would like to add?

Never wrong a writer. They get their revenge in print.

Social media, website, etc. links

TikTok: KelseyAnneLovelady

Published by Tyler Wittkofsky

Tyler Wittkofsky is a multi-genre author, blogger, award-winning marketing and communications professional, and fierce mental health advocate from the southern coast of North Carolina. Tyler has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember. Growing up the grandson of an English teacher, Tyler had a constant fuel to his creative fire in his grandmother. He started writing poetry in 2012 to cope with his mental health struggles with anxiety, bipolar, and depression. Using poetry as an escape, he developed a unique style of poetry that has left readers saying, “Tyler’s voice is compassionate, even while suffering, and I felt the despair and loneliness seeping out through his words.” His first poetry collection, composed of poems written from 2012 to 2016, was published in March 2020. He began his first novel in 2019. The novel, (Not) Alone, was a story based on true events surrounding the struggles of living with mental illness. Described by readers as “An Intimate Closure with Mental Illness,” this began Tyler’s revitalized passion for mental health. He decided that his writing would have a focus on mental health. His next novel, The Seeds of Love: Sunflower Kisses Book One, was his debut romance novel and debut series. Described as “a great job of relaying the realistic emotions of young love and emotional drama that is particularly difficult for young adults…”, his debut romance novel was met with much success. In 2021, Tyler began writing short stories. He was accepted into several anthologies in mid-2021, expected for publication in early 2022. He also writes supernatural horror and historical fantasy for the online magazines In the Pantheon and In the Crescent. He has work published through Five Minute Affairs as well. He built his website www.TeaButWithCoffee.com in 2021. On this site, he started his blogging journey. He began writing book reviews, interviewing indie authors, and writing on mental health. This passion sparked a new desire to connect with more people. Tyler is currently in the beginning stages of two podcasts that he hopes to be live by the end of 2021. Tyler currently lives in Leland, North Carolina with his wife, Grace, and dogs, Dutch and Belle. You can find him and his works here: https://linktr.ee/wittkofsky

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