I love Kelly and I am excited to be celebrating Kelly and her work on the blog this month. Enjoy getting to know Kelly more and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!
Connect With Kelly
I'm a former middle school language arts teacher turned full-time author and editor. I write everything from picture books to new adult, and my favorite genres are paranormal/fantasy and romance.
You are the author of the Touch Of Death Series, The Monster Within, and more! You know I love the Touch of death series. Tell us how you got the idea for the series?
The idea for this series came to me when I was researching for another book. I discovered a myth about the 13th sign of the zodiac (Ophiuchus) and Medusa. I had never heard it before and thought it would make a great concept for a book. So I created a cast of characters who were descended from Medusa and born under the sign of Ophiuchus.
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.
You released your new YA series, The Monster Within in 2014. Tell us about this series.
The Monster Within was actually inspired by The Touch of Death series. While I was writing Touch of Death I was having fun with zombie scenes and really wanted to tell the story of someone who had been brought back to life. The catch was I didn't want that person to be a zombie. So I created Sam, a girl who dies of cancer and is brought back as a monster. She looks perfectly normal, but she has to kill in order to survive. It's really a story about Sam's desire to live versus her unwillingness to sacrifice others for her own survival. There's a definite Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde feel to it with witchcraft thrown in. The sequel, The Darkness Within, releases in June 2015.
The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.
She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.
But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.
How did you find writing MG to YA?
I used to teach middle school, so MG was actually the age group I started writing for. I love YA though. My favorite books are YA, so my mind tends to naturally go in that direction. I guess I just love writing for all ages. :)
This or that!
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Book Store or book site? Book Store
Paperback or ebook? Both!
Chocolate or chips? Dark chocolate
Truth or Dare? Truth
TV Programme The Walking Dead
Quote "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The Great Gatsby
Mythical Creature Phoenix
Don't Forgot this Giveaway :)
You can currently win a paperback of The Monster Within or Touch Of Death by Kelly Hashway here