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Into the Mind of Kelsey Bowen

And we’re here once again, fellow Spekkies, and with us is editor Kelsey Bowen! Let’s take a peek into her mind today, shall we?


How did you get into writing?

I started writing short stories (sadly, they weren’t kept because floppy disks = extinct) as soon as I learned what Microsoft Works was. And reading was something I loved so much that I wanted to start creating my own characters and worlds. That love grew in me throughout my whole life and never went away. I don’t write as much as I edit and read these days because I lose myself in reading so often, but I’ll never lose that love of writing and creating new stories.


Is there a step in the writing process that you dread/loathe/wish you could throw over the side of a cliff with a mill stone tied around its neck?

As a writer, yes. I always start with a very clear picture of the beginning of a book I want to write, a fairly clear picture of what leads to the middle, and a very clear picture of how the book ends. But that space between the middle of the plot and the ending—that critical spot—takes me approximately one hundred years to figure out, and without the brainstorming of a beta reader, I’m not sure I could get through it!


If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

Probably Clary from The Mortal Instruments series. I think we could have some fun together. (more…)


Into the Mind of Jill Williamson

Welcome, Realmies, to our next Into the Mind interview, where we are sitting down with author Jill Williamson to find out more about her. Let’s get started!
What was your favorite movie as a child?
Star Wars. I grew up without a TV. For my ninth birthday, my parents rented a TV/VCR and the original Star Wars trilogy. It was amazing. And it opened up a whole new chasm to my imagination.

A shot of Jill enjoying some snowy weather, believed to have been taken in Narnia…

How many books do you own?
A quick guess is well over 1500.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to England to look at castles! My husband has a cousin there, who has given us an open invitation to come visit. We just need some time off and a small pile of money, and we’re all set! (more…)

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