I hope this September day finds you well. Cooler temperatures are starting to descend in the area where I live. I look forward to fall leaves and crisp nights.
Today I'd like to welcome Kelly Klepfer to our Wednesday author spotlight. Welcome, Kelly. How does faith play a part in your writing?
I’m not real Christiany. I don’t spout a lot of verses in my day to day interactions. But I love Jesus. And I just want to be like Him and I think that leaks out of a person. And I hope that when people want to be around me and end up spilling their guts to me it’s because of Jesus in me, not me at all. And I’m think that because He is in me He shows up in my writing voice.
I also believe that because of Jesus in us, He shows up in us and the things we do. At least I pray it is so for me too. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
As a five year old I discovered writing. My first story was titled “Lousy the Cat” starring my cat Lucy. Spelling came later, and I don’t even know that I’ve nailed that one down yet. In high school I discovered that I loved writing. Others would groan at writing assignments. I was the brat who chortled.
Chuckle. I always enjoyed being assigned writing assignments too while in high school. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
A sense of lightness. I want people to feel that they escaped for just a little while and feel better about re-entering their world. Refreshment of soul and spirit like a mint iced tea on a hot afternoon. I’d also love to write something that causes someone to pause and ponder a bit. I think we should all have encounters that make us think about love, life, God, grace and those we do life with.
Sounds like some great ambitions. :) Is there a book you read that you had wished you'd written? Water From My Heart by Charles Martin. It’s so very powerful. The story behind it is heartbreaking and glorious and he did such an excellent job respecting the heart of the people and the very story. I could tell it changed him, living a slice of time with the people. Immersing himself in the story.
I don't think I'm familiar with that story. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
Honestly, music distracts me. I like silence. Which I rarely get. I snack before and after writing (rewards, I’ve learned this from my dogs) but sip coffee or hot tea while writing. There are days I just get all my ducks in a row only to have a grand kid slip in the front door or a dog bark at the back. I’m not very disciplined. Michelle Griep, my co-author, is extraordinarily disciplined. Which is probably why Out of the Frying Pan is her sixth title to be published to my first.
LOL. Distractions are hard to avoid sometimes, especially when they come in the form of a grandchild. :) Tell us about your new book.
Life and death. Love and loss. Fun and food. People I grew to adore even though we made them up. We hope people enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. I know you want the back cover and plot here. Right? But the very best part is not in the back cover copy. The blurb is great, but the inside is the good stuff. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is known by the filling. When Michelle was in her final editing glory (the woman loves to edit like no one I’ve ever seen) she kept sending me texts telling me she was still laughing out loud while reading the book. She even sent me her favorite paragraph. This woman won’t even open the cover of her first book because she never wants to read it again. Ever.
I've heard of other authors being the same way about not wanting to open the cover once it's published. Speaking of authors, who are some of your favorites?
I adore Tim Downs. His Nick the Bug Man series is an all time favorite. I have so many authors I like so very much. Cynthia Ruchti is pretty golden. As is Lisa Wingate. Charles Martin.
Sounds like some good ones. Thanks for being with us today. Where else can readers find you?
Thanks for stopping by today, Kelly. It's been a pleasure getting to know you.