Walnut Springs Press March Madness Sweet 16 Questions--Kelly Nelson

From the Western bracket comes the creative Kelly Nelson.

If you could be a character from any book, who would you be and why?
I haven’t really thought about this in my adult life, but as a young teenager I always dreamed of being Alec in The Black Stallion books.

If you could co-write a book with any author who would you co-write it with?
 I’d love to work with Gerald Lund on a historical fiction project—what a fabulous writer he is. The Work and the Glory and The Kingdom and the Crown are some of my all-time favorites.

How many hours do you spend on writing a day?
 I’m all over the board on this. When I was writing The Keeper’s Saga there were days I spent 12 hours on it and other days when I spent only a few minutes, although writing was all I wanted to do. Lately, I’ve been spending more time marketing and selling than writing. I am looking forward to delving into writing again and hope to soon spend at least 3 hours a day on that aspect of being an author.

What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
If it is your passion, don’t give up. Carefully listen to anyone who is willing to give you feedback, because if one reader thought it, there will probably be others with similar concerns. Read what you want to write. There is so much to learn from simply reading. And lastly, take some writing classes. It will be well worth your time.

How have your personal experiences affected your writing?
It is the easiest to write about things you know. Nearly every aspect of my life has worked it way into my novels in some form or another.  Horses are my first passion; hence every book I’ve written has a few horses in it.

How long did it take you to publish your first book after you started trying?
I wrote a three-book trilogy during 2009 and I received a publishing contract for it in the fall of 2011. For me it took two and a half years.

Is there a movie (gasp) that you prefer over the book version?
Dear John. I like the movie ending much better than the book version.

Do you write in your PJ's?
Okay, I’ll admit that yes, I do.

Do you use a laptop or a desktop for writing?
Definitely a laptop—I love the portability of a laptop since I’m always running kids around to their activities.

What is your favorite quotation?
“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, he will hear our prayers.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley.

What is your favorite cereal?
Crispix, with Honey Nut Cheerios as a close second.

If you were a crayon what color would you be?
Hot pink—I think that is such a happy, confident, and spontaneous color.

Do you prefer summer or winter?
I LOVE the summer—the warmth, the sunshine, and the long days. My favorite thing is to saddle up at twilight and go for ride through the nut orchards as day fades into night.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish this year?
I want to write another book. I’m never happier than when I’m immersed in writing a good book. I’m dreaming of a companion book to The Keeper’s Saga featuring stories from Garrick’s life.

The world would be a better place if . . .?
 . . . everyone was simply kind to each other.

What is something you've always wanted to try?
 This is strange, I know, but I’ve always wanted to try driving a Ninja bike.

Kelly riding her horse on the stake Pioneer Trek.

Kelly and her horse

Signing at Costco

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