Thank you Kelly for stopping by! My reviews for her books below;
Bio: Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. Kelly has a degree in English Literature as well as a Social Work degree. She has worked as a hairstylist, youth outreach worker and education assistant. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
LF: Tell us about your series.
KC: The Pretty Wicked series follows female serial killer Ryann Wilkanson. In the first book, Pretty Wicked, Ryann is fifteen years old, living in a small town in Colorado, under the not-so-watchful eye of her mother and detective father. She’s always known there is a darkness inside her—a craving to kill—and she decides that now is the time to unleash her urges. She’s learned all she can about murder from The Greats (famous serial killers) and from studying her father, and begins setting up elaborate plans to amass her own victims.
The sequel, Wicked Fallout, can be read as part of the series or as a standalone. It’s twelve years later and Ryann is in prison serving a life sentence. She’s lost every appeal to get out, but finds one last chance at freedom after a hotshot legal team takes on her case after possible new evidence comes to light. But first Ryann must be assessed by a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Nancy Clafin, who makes it her mission to determine if Ryann is still a dangerous psychopath or has been truly redeemed.
LF: What made you take the unique side of the killer for your series?
KC: I wanted to write a character that was true to my research. I wasn’t interested in creating the villain that was misunderstood. If I was going to make her bad, I was going to go all in with her. What I love about her character is that she doesn’t shy away from who she is. She knows she’s different and that people won’t accept her, but she doesn’t care. When people picture a typical serial killer/psychopath they likely think middle aged white man. Making her a teen girl was an interesting departure for me that I could have a lot of fun with.
Ryann’s voice is so unique. Being in her head keeps the reader on their toes and definitely makes her stand out from other characters. A lot of reviewers have commented that they’ve never read anyone quite like her.
LF: How hard has it been to become an Author?
KC: It’s always hard. Rejection is a regular occurrence in the industry so I had to develop a thick skin (which didn’t take too long for me thankfully). I think being more mature when I started querying and publishing helped me to keep a balanced perspective. Of course I still feel discouraged and disappointed at times, but overall I love writing and reaching readers, so regardless of how difficult the business side is, I write because it’s my passion and I have no other choice.
The most difficult thing about being an author for me is getting people to know my books are out there. With a million or so books being published each year in the USA alone, discoverability can be brutal. Thankfully I have an amazing publicist who connects me with amazing opportunities and exposure I wouldn’t be able to acquire on my own.
LF: Were you ever shocked with the amount of work that goes into making a book possible?
KC: Oh yes, from the amount of rewrites and drafts a book can take before I feel like it’s right to the technical and business side of publishing. It can be overwhelming, so I make a lot of lists, ask my wiser friends tons of questions, and do copious amounts of research. This industry is constantly evolving, so you can’t be complacent or you’ll be left behind.
LF: What are you working on at the moment?
KC: Fifteen-year-old Ainsley Davenport leaves her life in Maine behind to attend Ashbury Academy in Danvers, MA, after a personal tragedy. But Ashbury is not simply the prestigious boarding school that it initially seems. Ainsley quickly discovers that the school and its students are far more cutthroat than she’s prepared for and must quickly go on the offensive when a handful of the most popular students are less than welcoming.
Fifteen-year-old Sydney Lockwood is magic royalty. Her cold and distant mother is the High Priestess of the Wildes coven, a secret magical society that has been in Danvers since the 1500s. Sydney attends Ashbury by day but is a High magic apprentice at night, where she and the other apprentices are protected inside the coven’s secret underground chambers.
When Sydney, who has the gift of intuition, gets a confusing reading off of Ainsley, she goes on the defensive. She knows the new sophomore is hiding something big and vows to discover what it is, but before she can, the two of them accidentally stumble upon a hidden room in the nearby forest. It’s soon clear that they have bigger problems than one another. The girls realize that they’re in over their heads when they uncover secrets that they were never meant to know. The magical kind. The deadly kind.
I have quite a few books planned for the series and am very excited about it.
LF: Anything else you would like to add?
KC: I love chatting with people on social media and through my website. I can be found:
Books: Pretty Wicked https://goo.gl/EP2GQ8
Wicked Fallout https://t.co/M8QBtxyhME
Thank you for having me! I really appreciate it!