Kellie doherty

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Fot this weeks’ interview, I turn to another fellow Desert Palm Press author Kellie Doherty. Kellie has been writing since she was young and living in Alaska. Her work (fiction and non-fiction) has been published in Pathos, Alaska Women Speak, F Magazine, The Chugiak-Eagle River Star, as well as the blogs of 49 Writers and Ooligan Press. She also writes fanfiction under the name SerenityQuill. Her debut novel—Finding Hekate—is now available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Bella Books. She is currently working on the sequel Losing Hold.

AJ: I recently read your book Finding Hekate and although I haven’t read much Sci-fi since my much younger, Heinlein days, I enjoyed it very much. Is Sci-fi a genre you generally read?

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I do like reading science fiction, but I’m a sucker for all of the genres (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance). Sci-fi and fantasy are my two go-to genres, though,because I love the adventure of it all, the fantastical elements of the worldbuilding, the interesting characters with mind-blowing powers, and the heavy plotlines. I also really loved watching sci-fi shows when I was younger, so growing up with those kinds of stories and worlds made me fall in love with them.

AJ: What gave you your interest in writing in the Sci-fi genre?

It would be better as a writer to say I fell in love with sci-fi because of some amazing classic book, but that wasn’t the case for me. I was always interested in fantasy (because I love dragons), but I got interested in writing science fiction by the shows and movies my family used to watch. We would gather together and watch Stargate, Star Trek, Star Wars, Sliders, and many more sci-fi-inspired shows, and then when I got older I watched Firefly and Serenity. Those shows really got me hooked on the idea of science fiction, and because of them, I eventually started to read and write science fiction, too.

AJ: Tell the readers about your book.

Finding Hekate is a science fiction novel about Mia Foley, a spaceship captain who’s being hunted by the Acedians. They find her once more and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She needs to make a choice: kill her crew and run like she’s done before or stick with her crew and fight. But Mia’s time as herself is running out. She’s turning into one of them. (It’s got quite a bit of action in it—because that’s the kind of book I like reading—and a dash of lesbian romance thrown in.)

AJ: For Journey To You, which is a romantic action adventure story, I had to do a lot of research. I’m sure what I had to do pales in comparison to your research. What type of research did you have to do for your books and how do you go about researching?

I had to do quite a bit of research on nanotechnology because in my universe there is advanced nanotech and I didn’t really know much about it. I had to research what kinds of things it could do to a person, what its limitations were, and how I could supersede those limitations in a realistic-type of way. I’d love to say that I talked to a bunch of actual scientists, but I googled it all and stole from a bunch of other works. (You know what they say, good writers borrow…great writers steal! And then reimagine, of course.)

What is the most random thing you've had to research for your book that you never thought you would need to?

Oh man, I had to research a bunch of interesting things for Finding Hekate. Nanotechnology, for one. How to shut off human emotions, for another. Fighting styles. Clothing options. Ship designs. Different ways to kill people. The most random thing I had to research was scarification and how/why people do that kind of thing. Scars are significant in my novel, and I needed to know what drove people to cut their own skin.

AJ: One of my favorite parts of being an author is hearing from readers. Do you get a lot of feedback from your readers? Emails, PM's?

I’ve gotten some feedback, mostly PMs on Facebook and Tumblr. I do wish I could get some more feedback, though, as I’m always curious what my readers think. (Good or bad!) I started off as a fanfiction writer, so I’m used to getting comments and suggestions about the work.

(Fanfiction is amazing, by the way, I wrote a paper about it during graduate school!

AJ: Who or what inspired you to start writing?

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series! I read that when I was younger, about a year or two after it came to America, and her stories inspired me to write characters, plotlines, settings, and eventually stories of my own.

AJ: You have a lot of invented words in your story. How did you come up with them?

I’ve always loved completely immersing myself in stories, and in science fiction (and fantasy) there tends to be quite a few words not in our world in order to increase that immersion. I tried to keep it as intuitive as possible, usually smashing together technological words in order to create a new one. If the tech was unlike anything else, I would smash together a bunch of syllables and consonants, mutter them under my breath, and picked the ones I liked the sound of best.

AJ: You recently were graduated from college. Tell us about your major and what you intend to do with your degree.

Yes! I graduated from Portland State University with my masters in Writing: Book Publishing. It was two wonderfully hard years completely enveloped in the book publishing world, where I worked at Ooligan Press, had an internship with Ripple Grove Press, got taught by some amazing professors and mentors, made friends with some awesome peers, and fell more in love with books than ever before. I hope to use my new degree to (eventually) become a full-time event planner, editor, or marketing or social media assistant for an independent publishing house. I’m still looking for a job, and right now I’m looking outside the publishing sphere since the publishing jobs around me are a bit lean right now, but working at an independent press is where I’d love to end up. The great thing about my program is that the knowledge I’ve gleaned can be transferred to myriad fields.

AJ: Name 3 things on your bucket list.

Do an extreme sport, reach my ideal strength/weight, and go on a writing retreat.

AJ: Do you have upcoming projects? What are they?

I do have a few upcoming projects! Losing Hold, the second and final book in the Cicatrix duology of which Finding Hekate is the first of, is at the beta-reader stage right now. I’m looking forward to getting the comments back and moving on to the next stage. It’s a pretty great conclusion, if I do say so myself, but it’ll be cool to have outside opinions, too. I’m also working on a five-book fantasy series, mainly worldbuilding, character creation, and plotting the series out. The series will feature lesbian, bisexual, and fluid female characters.

Outside of writing what are some of your other interests?

Aside from writing, I like hiking, bike-riding, reading, gaming (tabletop and video), baking, hanging out with my friends and family, zumba, and occasionally skydiving (okay this was technically an iSkyDive thing I did once but it was quite interesting).

AJ: When and why did you start writing?

I started writing quite young, before my teenage years for sure though I can’t remember the exact age, and I’ve always loved character creation above all else. Sending those characters off on their own adventure was the natural progression of my imagination. Plus, it allowed me to explore different motivations, fears, and triumphs in a safe space of my mind and a blank page.

 

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