Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author Naomi Kelly. Naomi has published the fantasy books: Trial By Obsidian and Meraki.
Recently, Naomi and I connected with one another via Instagram, and she kindly agreed to an interview.
Where do you come from and how has this place influenced your writings?
Living in Ireland has definitely influenced my writing in many ways. You’re never too far from the coast in Ireland, which influenced the sea element of Meraki. Whereas in Trial by Obsidian, I named my main characters homeland after where I grew in, Deshure.
You have written two fantasy books, both of which have romantic subplots. What three things inspired you to write in this genre, and with this unique subplot in both books?
Fantasy has always been my favourite genre to read, so it was natural that it was the genre of choice for writing as well. The romance element came as I think it’s one of the most universally felt emotions. Plus, it helps ground my fantasy books with a healthy helping of realism. So, putting the two together allowed me to balance magic and love in my favourite ways.
This blogger: That sounds like a wonderful marriage. (*Laughs*.)
You have authored two books. Are they linked to one another, or separate stories entirely?
Trial by Obsidian and Meraki are separate stories with their own lands and cultures; although, I would love to have a short story where Juniper and Wren met each other. So never say never!
Your first book – Trial By Obsidian – has some wonderful reviews on Amazon. Well done! Why do you think the book has been so well received? (Three reasons please.)
Aw thank you! Reviews are so important for indie authors, so receiving positives ones is always amazing! I think Trial by Obsidian makes readers question what they would do in her circumstance, and that sense of wonder and adventure allows the reader to take a break from their daily life.
This blogger: Yes, those do explain why readers have liked your book so much.
Which of the characters in either of your stories is the most like you? And how?
To be honest, there’s a piece of me in every character I write (yep, even the villains!). But if I had to chose one, I would say Wren from Meraki. Her sassy inner monologue was perfected from years of biting my tongue working in retail.
This blogger: I can only imagine. (*Smiles wryly.*)
Do either of your books have a moral to them? If so, what does the moral mean to you on a meta-level?
The moral of the story for Trial by Obsidian is to find your tribe and learn to trust others; whereas, in Meraki, the reader sees that Wren had the power she needs to succeed all along, but she needed to learn to trust in herself.
If you could go back in time and speak with a younger Naomi Kelly, what advice would you give her about the writing process?
I would tell myself that, although I may not ever be the best, I can always try my best. There has never been a ‘perfect’ book written. Not everyone likes every book, so instead I would tell a younger me to aim to make one reader happy – everything after that is a bonus.
Did you find it harder to write your first book or your second book?
It’s quite the paradox because the second book was easier to write. I knew what I was doing, but because I knew what I needed to do it felt more stressful!? There was a certain blissful ignorance when writing the first one.
This blogger: Yes, that is quite the paradox indeed.
What is your writing kryptonite?
I think writer’s block is every authors kryptonite, but I also have an issue with being overly inspired. Sometimes when I’m writing and getting excited about where the scene is going, my mind starts to run away with me and I cannot keep up!
As a result, all these wonderful expressions and ideas for great dialogue start distracting me from the important world-building paragraph I’m working on. In fact, I find it hard to have the self-discipline to not just jump to the good stuff.
How has writing changed you as a person?
Writing has changed me for the better because I no longer take things at face value. Sure, my bus being late is annoying, but now I see it as an opportunity to observe the behaviour of the other impatient passengers around me. I see how nobody reacts the same, just like characters would: some get frustrated, some look fed-up, and some are quite content to just scroll on their phone.
Being a writer means everything, good or bad, can be a twisted way into a learning activity. Also, it makes the world a more interesting place when you realise that you are your own character living your own story.
This blogger: I like your way of looking at life. I am very happy that being a writer has had a positive effect on you.
How do you feel when people you know speak to you about your book, especially when it comes to the love scenes?
To be honest, I still get awkward in general speaking to people about my book. (I’m still shaking off the cobwebs of Imposter Syndrome.)
But, thankfully, most of the questions I receive are in regards to the magical and mythological elements of my story, and less about love-making! Although one of my best friends called me when she finished the story saying she wants more smutty, steamy scenes next time.
This blogger: First, I doubt you have any reason to suffer from Imposter Syndrome. You have earned all that has come your way. Second, sex sells, so maybe your friend is right? Maybe, more smutty, steamy scenes is the way forward. (*Laughs*.)
Lastly, outside of writing, what do you like to do?
When I’m not writing or working in my skincare and beauty job, you can probably find me in the middle of a forest or in bed with a cup of tea.
Thanks so much for the interview!
This blogger: It is my absolute pleasure. I am so pleased that we connected, as it has been a joy getting to know you.
End of Interview
Alas, that brings our interview with author Naomi Kelly to an end. I would like to thank Naomi for her time, and to wish her all the best in her future writings, her job and on having an adventure in the middle of the forest.
You can purchase Naomi’s books on Amazon. If you like fantasy mixed with romance, then check out Trial by Obsidian and Meraki. The reviews have been excellent, and I have every faith that the stories live up to them.
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