Local author Kelly Jones has a penchant for quirky titles and unusual topics.
Part letters home, part correspondence course information on chicken-raising, to-do lists and more, this adventure follows a city-girl turned country-farmer and her discovery that her family's chickens aren't just cranky, they have superpowers!
Released in September 2017, Pride and Prejudice meets James Bond in a magical 1818 adventure featuring a determined heroine and her rare ability to sew clothing that completely disguises the wearer.
Kelly Jones was gracious enough to answer a few questions:
When did you know you were going to be an author?
I knew I was going to be a writer from third grade on, ever since I wrote my first book. But I didn't know I was going to be an author, as in someone who earns money writing books, until after college. I don't think it was a coincidence that it was soon after I met working authors for the first time and got to hear about what they do and how they do it.
Are you a "pantser" or a "planner"?
I'm someone who writers by the seat of her pants who wishes she was a planner. I love outlining and what I think will happen with a story: It's such a nice secure feeling! But then, things never go as planned, probably because my characters aren't interested in my plans for them.
Do your characters ever rebel and go off and do their own thing?
Pretty much every time I sit down to write, my characters inform me: You're not the boss of me! Why should I do that just because you say so? You don't know me at all, and you need to stop micro-managing us and start paying attention! It's kind of hair-raising at times, but since they come up with way better ideas than I do, it works.
What Regency-era food treat would you most like to sample?
No baby eels in gelatin, please! I'm vegetarian. Thankfully, a version of hot chocolate was popular with the upper classes in England by this time; I'd probably have to live off that!
This is an updated version of a post that originally featured an author event, which has now passed.