Featured Author: Kerri Ann

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Who are you?

What to say, what to say? I’m a pretty easy girl. I have a nine to five-day job where I sell vehicles to the business world, giving them the most I can. But once I’m off, I write stories, snowboard, SUP board, bike and hike. I love to travel and see the world too. My thoughts are this: we’re meant to see this whole world as much as possible, not just our own little postage stamp of home. I’m a mother of two amazing boys that understand my twisted sense of humor and my odd sense of sarcasm. They game and drive my husband crazy being online so much, but it’s fun to taunt him. My lovely hubby is a fireman that has the job he’s always wanted. He does a great job, he comes home and deals with my insanity. I’ll stuff myself in a story or online with friends for hours, thankfully he’s appeasing until I hide too long. We have more pets than people and I wouldn’t trade them for the world — even as they drive us crazy.

  1. When did you start writing? High school for a project, but otherwise not until a few years ago. I would drive to and from work for hours everyday, and as I did my mind would wander and the stories would appear. I’d hear these stories and write them out to keep my sanity. So many thoughts and so many voices talking, you feel like a crazy person if it’s not penned.


  2. What is your inspiration? They are. The characters are the inspiration. They tell me what they want and I put it together. I don’t lay out a story, drafting it into a storyline, it just appears as I write. I’ll go back and forth in the story and add as needed, but all in all it’s as it happens to come to me. Never is it when I expect, or when I think they should be flowing out of my fingers, the story is as it wants.


  3. How do you come up with your stories? Sure, there’s a bit of inspiration from things around me and that takes on part of the story each time. But most stories are just a wild thought in my head. I’ve been at music festivals, snowboarding, on vacation, at a ball game, or just biking around my town and situations will oddly end up piquing my interest. You need to be careful wherever I am, as you can appear in the stories I write.


  4. Where is your favorite place to write? I don’t have a favorite place to write, but I do to edit. Editing must be done at Starbucks. The sounds of other conversations makes me concentrate. Yeah, I have to use headphones and music playlists to keep me in the frame of mind but their conversations help me block everything out.


  5. Do you plan your stories out before starting? No. They flow as I type. I wish I could do more to entice the direction of it, but it happens as I type. I hate to know the storyline upfront and that comes across in the stories. There has to be elements that make it suspenseful, intriguing, and hopefully enough to keep you engaged. Sure, I’ll give you the story in the end — what made them tick, but until then I want you to fall in love with them.


  6. When did you first consider yourself a writer? About a month ago. It had nothing to do with sales, friends or followers, it had to do with stories just flowing out and feeling right. When a story feels like a story, it makes you feel more like a writer and less like a dabbler.


  7. Do you see writing as a career? Yes. No question about it. At this time I have a full-time job and I wish that writing were it. Soon enough it will be because it gives me such joy.


  8. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The tie-ins. I know where I’m taking them, I know where they came from, but it’s the bits that tie it all together. That is what makes it seamless and necessary. You can overdo it, or under, it’s knowing when to give it more.


  9. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Blurbs are always a challenge, but the acknowledgements and dedications. It’s evil to think of all those who have helped or made you better.


  10. Can you share a little of your current work with us? It’s a series. I don’t know when it became apparent that it would stretch out to the number of books I’m putting into it, but it felt right to give them all their due. My Crown and Anchor series will be stretched across three families. There’s darkness, sadness and intense happiness. I hope it’s enjoyed.


  11. Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Don’t focus on the sales. Sure it’s great to see yourself climbing charts, being noticed, and seeing that people have picked up your books, but it’s not the reason you started. If it was, find another profession to dabble in. Writing is a passion and if you don’t have a passion for it, then others will know. Care about your characters, give everyone you meet fairness and remember when someone helped you. Don’t be a bitch later because you’re amazing now. Always remember who you are and why you did it.


  12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you. It’s that whole, ‘if a tree falls in the forest’ then who knew of you. Without readers picking it up and flipping pages you’d be nothing. I love their feedback, their care to share you and the sweetness they show for your stories. It’s immeasurable what it means.

Rushed Charged Fate of Amber

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Read our review for Crashed: Casper’s Ghost by Kerri Ann

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