Recently I read ’24 Sleeps to Go’ by Trisha J. Kelly. This was such a joy.
What a great imagination this author has!
Trisha started writing books not so long ago. But she wrote in a roller-coaster tempo and published in a short time many books that I want to have on my To-Read Bookshelf.
I love stories with extraordinary creatures, ghosts, wizards and for sure witches and love to visit places I haven’t heard of before… So that makes that her Series ‘Scarlett and Mason’, for which Trisha Kelly won two Book Awards, sound fascinating, and I hope I can read soon.
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
Hello, Lieve, what a surprise! I’m honoured to be chosen for an interview. My name is Trisha J Kelly and I live in the UK. I was born in the capital, London. I live in the South-East corner of England. For those unfamiliar with the area, I have lived in the counties of: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and South Lincolnshire. Currently, we live in West Norfolk, very close to the sea. This is a beautiful part of the country.
- Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I’ve never done anything out of the ordinary, but I have been known to sing a few songs! I’m a very shy person believe it or not! After a few glasses of wine, I would happily sing in front of hundreds of people, which I have done a few times. I like to sing country music.
- Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
I’m a very genuine person and I would help anyone where I can. So, I would say that firstly, the most important thing to me is to be a supportive wife, mother and friend. Secondly, I care, I’m an empath. Sometimes this is a hard cross to bear when so much in the world is not ideal. I would like to see all people happy, well-fed and sheltered.
- Identity Card
5. Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I remember reading that I really loved, was a colourful, beautifully illustrated, ‘Lady and the Tramp’. I thought Lady was so very pretty and I really loved the blue and red collars that she and Tramp wore, with the shiny gold tags. I’m still upset to this day because I fell asleep reading the book and when I woke the next morning, it was gone!! Over fifty years later I still have no idea where it went. We did have gremlins in the house I grew up in, so it’s no surprise!
6. What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m a practical joker and I do have a wicked sense of humour. Throughout my lifetime I’ve played many jokes on people. I will give you an example. One of my best friends used to live next-door to me. For some bizarre reason, she put a lot of her furniture out on her front lawn one day because she was spring cleaning! I thought it would be funny to sneak outside and put all price tags on everything she owned as it looked like a yard sale! I thought this was hilarious, her, not so much!
I think the older you get the more prone you are to be tearful about things. Maybe, because you experience the pain of losing loved ones. You appreciate more how fragile life is, and how precious. So, the things that would make me cry now are the memories of all my dear loved ones no longer here. The most recent time I cried was when one of our two beloved dogs was very poorly, and I thought we were going to lose him. I get sad seeing homeless and hungry people in the world.
7. In which genre do you write?
I have been writing for two years. To date, I have written two genres. Children’s books and crime thrillers. I have two books that are partly written. One is YA, another is the first in a cold-case mystery series. I’m having a short break over the winter as I’ve written ten books, one screenplay and several short stories and poems in a small amount of time. I have made two new covers for two types of cozy mysteries. This is something I would love to tackle in 2019! I’ve always fancied myself as a Miss Marple. I love Margaret Rutherford in the films.
8. What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
The most meaningful books I have written, are my six-part middle-grade series. Each book is one complete story, a quest. The books together form one huge quest! It is different because of the meaning behind the series. I have tried to incorporate lots of fun, magic, time-travel, aliens, ghosts, strange creatures and just about every element that makes for a great read. The difference being, there is a strong message throughout the whole series. The purpose of the books is to make the world a much better place, as it should be, cleverly disguised as an adventure.
9. How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
I am affectionately known among fellow writers as ‘the machine’. There is no ritual, rhyme or reason in my writing. I have an idea and off I go on impulse. The ideas come into my head, boom, boom, boom. Each story just unravels, in front of my eyes. I guess you could label me creative. I only had to research a few historical facts in my children’s series and some geographical research for my second crime thriller. Other than that, it all comes from my imagination. Trisha does not plan, she is a total panster! I wrote one book in 17 days. My recent Christmas books were both an ‘idea’ and within four weeks, I had written them, edited, formatted and made the covers. Did you ever watch the film ‘Forrest Gump?’ – ‘Run Forrest, Run!’ I started two years ago, only I wrote, not ran. Now, I am coming up for air! I have an idea for a story and the inspiration to race along to the end.
10. What inspired you to write your first book?
I first thought about writing about 25 years ago. I wrote a book called ‘The Bromington Nomad’. When I finished typing and printing each page, I put it in a folder. It is still in that folder! At that time, I wrote a few poems. Around six of them were published in books consisting of lots of other writers. Then I stopped, picking up again at the age of 57! I like poetry. When I was 9 or 10, I went to school one day to find my teacher had entered me into a national competition for a piece I wrote about ‘George and the Dragon’. I’d no idea he had done this. I was awarded with a first prize winner’s certificate and a silver pen. I’ve never forgotten my teacher for doing that for me. Flipping forward to 2016 I had a thought. ‘I’m going to write a book,’ I said.
‘That’s nice!’ said my family. I showed them all when I sat and wrote it! Nobody was more surprised than me! The idea for the book was a simple one. I based the two MC’s Scarlett and her younger brother, Mason, on myself and my younger brother. I was the eldest sibling, the sensible one, he was the youngest and naughty. I lost my brother a few years ago. So, I dedicated the first book to his memory.
11. How did you come up with the title?
The title is ‘Discovering Witchetty Waters.’ Again, it was a brainstorm – the name jumped into my head and I wrote the story.
12. If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
Miss Marple! I love her character and her brilliant brain. If I were male, then Poirot would be my choice. Agatha Christie was an amazing writer and I love the challenge of trying to solve the mystery in each story. There is something cosy and warm about these old-fashioned story settings. Times were so much nicer then, apart from the murders of course!
13. Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
Yes, the world would be a much better place if it were full of promise and possibilities. However, until we can magic everything that would make every day a sunny one, we can be nice to one another.
14. What are your top 3 books of all time?
I love to read thrillers and fantasy. Not a book, but a series, three of them. I have been reading all the books written by Mark Dawson. He has become a very successful writer and now lives the dream. His books are being made into films when everyone will then get to know of him. His thriller series about ‘John Milton’ is my favourite. Secondly, I am totally in love with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’. My third choice is the ‘Harry Potter’ story. I do think both series have been bought to life wonderfully as films.
15. How important is marketing and social media for you?
Now I have written so much, I am having a break. I want to focus on more marketing. I do believe in my books and would like to get them seen as far and wide as I can. I would love readers to get to know my six-book children series. The dream there would be to see it visually! The gadgets, worlds, and creations are fascinating. Social media is very important. I have made lots of great new friends in the writing world who are very supportive. I too, run a group for authors and moderate in two others. I also help promote books that are solely written for charity.
16. Is it important for you to get book reviews? Do you read them?
Oh yes! I only have a few and I get quite excited when I see a new one! I have been lucky to receive great reviews and comments. I have had a very fortunate year, thank you reviewers, especially the young ones. When your readers prefer your books to their favourite very well-known authors, well, it surely cannot get any better! It gives you a terrific boost knowing that you are on the right track.
17. What advice do you have for other writers?
Never stop learning. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in the last two years. The great advice, the looking and listening involved, absorb everything like a sponge. A great way to mark your progress is when things become clear to you and you find that you can pay forward and give valuable advice to other writers. Be patient. It probably takes three to four years to really become established. I feel like I’m halfway there. I have won two awards this year for my first and second books in the Scarlett and Mason series. Best Children’s book 2018 and Best Juvenile Fantasy 2018. Now I can call myself an award-winning author and it feels great. I do help others as much as I can when I’m asked for advice. That is a lovely feeling. However, I still have more to learn.
18. Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
I won’t give the information for all my books it would take too long to read! I have just released two books for children: ‘24 Sleeps to Go’ is an advent of 24 Christmas stories. This week I have published: Blinky, Nutkins and Friends. Just in time for Christmas again! A delightful tale of a bunch of friends who leave their forest to go in search of Santa. I will give you the details for this book:
Blinky, Nutkins and Friends: The Journey to Santa’s Village
Hook: Will Blinky and his friends ever find Santa’s Village?
Blurb: The wise and ancient owls have passed their fables down through many generations. Of all the stories, this is the most important one of all! Is everything about to come true?
When a few furry friends from the Fabled Forest have an unexpected meeting, they discover something extraordinary! One of them has spotted something that is very important indeed.
The excited squirrel has seen it for himself. It all starts one early morning when Nutkins is perched at the very top of the highest tree. Suddenly, he sees them! He rushes and scrambles down the branches to go in search of his best friends, Blinky and Prickles because he must tell someone, and he must do it right away!
Will they believe him? They really must! The KnightFlyers do exist and the owl and the hedgehog, know how very important that is! The friends have precious secrets and it seems Percival Nightowl was right all along. In the dark of the night, when all around them are sleeping, the friends sneak away from the forest. They aren’t alone. Two pairs of eyes are watching them, and they want to be part of the upcoming adventure. For two very different reasons!
Asin (Amazon): B07KTZ9VJ4
Age: Reading age approx 8 and upwards. Suitability listening age, from 5 upwards.
24 Sleeps to Go.
Hook: A wonderful selection of short bedtime stories for the advent period 1-24 December.
Blurb: 24 Sleeps to Go is an advent of wonderful Christmas stories for young people. Suitable for children from 3-11 years- of -age, but nobody’s counting! This book is an original creation of festive bedtime stories for young minds. Read one story a night from the 1st to the 24th December.
Discover many secrets about Santa and his family members who are not so well-known. Generations of story-tellers and listeners will love this timeless selection of exciting yuletide tales.
Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about Father Christmas, you learn something new! There are so many more people and characters to meet, hidden all around the world. Have you any idea where the chocolates come from, that hang on your Christmas trees?
What about the mystery of the selection boxes, snowmen that have special powers! Just what will you find out about the Snowy Hollow snow globe or nasty Rubella Minx? Meet the new pantomime characters and much, much, more in your very own countdown to Christmas…
Scarlett and Mason Series (Children’s Fantasy & Magic)
Hook: Siblings, Scarlett and Mason Beckett begin a whole new way of life as The Chosen Two in this six-book series.
Blurb: Everything has a beginning. For chosen siblings, Scarlett and Mason, the adventure begins the moment they move to Witchery Waters, at least, you would think it does, but you’d be wrong!
In a world as mysterious as this, something magical is afoot. Over 600 years ago many plans were executed and put in place.
The truth of who the children really are and why they are here soon becomes clear. It doesn’t take long for events to unfold when the inhabitants of the islands suck them inside their fascinating worlds. The siblings’ quest to break the ancient curses has just begun.
Genre: Children’s. Suitable for age 5 and upwards with a reading age of appro 8 years of age.
- Discovering Witchetty Waters – book 1 – This book is voted Book Talk Radio Club ‘Best Children’s Book 2018′!
- In the Wrong Lifetime – book 2 – This book won the Pulp Den ‘Best Juvenile Fantasy 2018’ Book Award!
- The Rise of Sorcha – book 3
- When Some Were Missing – book 4
- The Great Storm of 1397 – book 5
- The Mystery of the Ancient Key – book 6
Social Media links:
- QUICK POP-QUIZ. (You can choose one or both, and please feel free to add a very brief comment)
Snow or sun: Sun. It’s much happier.
Soccer or (ice) hockey: Soccer. I have no choice!
Dogs or cats: Dogs. I love my two.
Ice-cream or fruit: Ice-cream, except when I’m being good.
Fact or fiction: Fiction. I love escapism.
Music or silence: Silence. Perfect.
Sport or reading: Reading. Always.
Sea or mountains: Both.
Groundhogs or squirrels: Squirrels.
Books or movies: Books. I like to use my own imagination.
E-book or print: E-book. Just so much easier. Sometimes a print, when the cover is lovely.
- Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
If you have read all of this, then I want to thank you very much! I love writing for you all and if in turn, you like my stories, please share them! I would love the kids especially, to see the children’s books. The remarks they make are priceless. I had a great review from a ten-year-old for Discovering Witchetty Waters. It makes it all worthwhile. I keep all my e-books at 99p, so everyone can afford them. The kind reviews and comments mean so much to me as an up and coming writer. When you are starting out, it is your payment. So, it’s nice to meet you, stay safe and be happy.