Author Interview with Kellyn Roth

Hey there!

Yes, that’s right! We get to do another interview! 😄

Today, I get to talk to Kellyn Roth, a self-published author! (I did a post on her cover reveal. Click HERE and check it out quickly!) She’s going to be launching her newest book (again, mentioned in this here post) and is having a launch tour!

I’m in bold.


Hi Kellyn! Thanks so much for the interview. 

Thank you so much for having me, Julia! *dances like a chicken with the head of a monkey*

So, let’s jump straight to the interesting stuff: your book! Where did you first get the idea for it?

Well, I wanted to write a romance featuring my very own Alice Knight. I knew who she was going to end up with … but not much else! I was inspired by a combination of reading novels set around this time period, researching traditions for a young lady’s social debut in the Victorian era, and talking with friends about their expectations for At Her Fingertips based on the first two books. I had to slowly piece together my random ideas for what the novel would be about to create a cognizant story … it took a lot of outlining!

What made you want to use this idea? 

The novel came together the way it was just because … it did! This was the easiest book I’ve ever written, mostly because I was just so pumped to get it down, and it just spilled out from beneath my fingers! I think the biggest thing that inspired me was introducing some new characters that are dear to my heart, writing my darling Alice as an adult, and finally getting out a romance – which is a genre I really enjoy!

Did you plot it at all? If so, was it difficult to do that?

I did a ton of outlining – a couple months worth, in fact. I copied outlines between the computer and a notebook, pulled out dozens of dusty old papers to find out what I’d already written down, and brainstormed with friends and by myself. It was hard, but I knew where I was going – I think God gave me a little helping hand – and it all came together by November 1st, when I began writing.

What was the hardest part in writing this book? The easiest?

The hardest part for me is usually the ending, but for At Her Fingertips, the ending kinda just flowed. (The last page or so was especially easy … I can’t wait to share it with y’all!) It’s hard to get all the little details wrapped up in a satisfying resolution. The easiest is probably the beginning! Usually I spend a lot more time working on the first couple chapters of the book when I’m outlining and then kinda fade as I’m outlining the ending, so that’s probably the reason why. (This is why I have so many unfinished projects!)

Who would you say is your favorite character in the book?

Peter Strauss! An American reporter and author who just happens to be the sweetest being on the planet. He’s fun and easy to write, and he’s just such a gentleman. I’ve probably idealized him a bit – he does have faults, after all – but he is just the best.

Kirk’s feelings lingered somewhere between excited and nervous as the carriage left the train station behind and began the drive back to Pearlbelle Park. He didn’t doubt he could do his job—he doubted he could maintain a calm face when he met her again, after all these years.

How had she changed? She was almost eighteen now. That was quite different from twelve, especially in a woman. Did she remember him—and furthermore, did she remember him fondly? Of course she did. He’d bet his life on it.

He wasn’t willing to think about the class difference between them. After all, if it hadn’t mattered to her then, why should it matter to her now? Still, it nipped at the back of his mind like a badly-behaved puppy, demanding attention he had no wish to give.

Mr. Knight cleared his throat, and Kirk jerked his gaze from the window to his employer’s face. “When we arrive, I want to introduce you to the staff before you leave for the day. I won’t need you again until tomorrow, when I’d like to ride around the estate. I know you’re familiar with the land, but it won’t hurt for you to become better-accustomed to it. We’ll have plenty of business to discuss.”

Kirk nodded. He kept his hands on his thighs, gripping the legs of his trousers, and stared straight ahead of him, barely hearing Mr. Knight’s words. If he was  honest with himself, he’d admit that not listening to his employer’s agenda for the next few days was a bad idea, but could Mr. Knight, knowing Alice as he did, really blame him for thinking only of—

The carriage jerked over a rut, snapping Kirk out of his reverie and Mr. Knight out of his train of thought.

“That’s another thing—I need to have this road graded. Could you write that down for me, Manning?”

“Of course.” Kirk pulled out a small notebook and scribbled it down next to ‘Johnson’s farm,’ ‘Peregrine’s colt,’ and ‘fence reparation between Wall’s and Kennedy’s.’

He’d learned while getting reacquainted with Mr. Knight and his methods in London over the last fortnight that it was good to have something to write on with him at all times. Mr. Knight had a brain that worked just like a semicolon; he was forever remembering something new that needed doing and asking Kirk to write it down.

Honestly, he was enjoying himself. After years of boarding school and then college, he felt ready to be out in the world, doing something useful that could provide for his mother and sister. Especially now that they were alone.

For a moment, grief overpowered him. Jim Manning had been a good father. But, though Kirk missed him, he was also glad the man no longer had to suffer.

The gates opened to the long drive of Pearlbelle Park, allowing the carriage to roll through. Mr. Knight glanced out the window and shouted for the carriage to halt. The horses jerked up, and Mr. Knight stepped out. Kirk sat with paper and pencil stub still in his hand. Why had they stopped?

Exerpt from At Her Fingertips

I know this sounds weird, but if it was a song, what would it be like? 

If At Her Fingertips were a song, I imagine it as a mix of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. At times, it was crescendo into a rapid Nutcracker Suite with a hint of the smooth Swan Lake, but there’s also a bit of the Fifth and some Moonlight Sonata.
For the non-classical-music fans (everyone but me? Right?), At Her Fingertips is a rapid song with a couple sad, dramatic moments. Kinda. This is harder than I thought it’d be …

Haha, no problem! It was a great answer! Did you enjoy writing it, overall?

 YES! It was my absolute favorite book to write.

Was any food harmed during the making of it? 😜

 No, of course not! Unless you count the peanut butter I melted with powdered sugar that one time. *coughs* I’m not ashamed …

😆 That’s like me to my coffee. Your book has a gorgeous cover! Who made it? Where can we find them? And would they agree to make more covers for more writers? 

 Thank you! The cover was made by Willowy Whisper at www.willowywhisper.com. She is a professional cover designer, and I’m sure she’d be willing to take on a couple more clients. She’s very sweet to work with, and she came up with that cover from scratch – or basically! She’s designed all three covers in this series so far, and I definitely intend to stick with her.

Did you have to format the book at all? How do you even format one? (Or would that have to have an entire post to itself? 😛)

Yes, I formatted the book all by myself. Well, it might have to be its own blog post some day, but basically – on CreateSpace, my distributor, there’s a free template. I use the blank template – what it basically does is make sure I don’t go over the margins or the page size isn’t too big; otherwise, it’s just empty. I use OpenOffice to edit it (because Word costs money and OpenOffice is nice).
Then, I copy and paste my novel onto there, make sure all the paragraphs are nice, add page numbers and headers, etc. It’s not that complicated once you know what you’re doing. The most difficult part for me was making sure page numbers and headers stayed where they belonged, but I figured that out after a little tweaking, so all’s well that end’s well.
((Separate note: if you ever need help with anything like this, just email me! I don’t mind!))

Cool! You’ll probably get an email from me sometime, then. On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for this launch? 

 Is 22 an option? 😛

Absolutely! 😄 Thank you again for this interview! I wish you the best of luck with it!


Let’s all give Miss Roth a hand! 👏 If you want to find out more about her books, click HERE and check out her author website! If you want to read her blog, click HERE!

Do you want to follow the blog tour? Here’s the schedule! (Links included)

April 23rd

Author Interview by Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner

Review by Abigail @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Author & Book Spotlight by Rebekah Devall @ Hunting for Truth

Guest Post from a Character by Kiki @ K.E. Stanton

Guest Post from the Author by April @ April’s Laundry Basket

April 24th

Review/Character Interview by Heather @ Frozen Book Blog

Character Interview by Sel Young @ Hearth

Author Interview by Gabriellyn @ PageTurners

Author Interview/Review by Caitlyn @ Salt and Light

Book & Author Spotlight by Brian W.

April 25th

Character Interview/Series Review by Libby May @ Geo Turtle

Author Interview by Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Series Review and Author Spotlight by Charis Rae

Guest Post from the Author by Lela Markham @ Aurorawatcher Alaska

Author Interview by Sarah Addison Fox

April 26th

Book Spotlight by Grace Matlyn Buckner @ Literatura

Book Spotlight by Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Character and Author Interview by Amie @ Crazy A

Author Interview by Jessica Grayson

Author Interview by Rachel @ Rachel Rossano’s Words

Character/Book Spotlight by Erika Mathews @ Resting Life

April 27th

Author Interview by Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing

Series Review/Author Interview by Lisa @ Inkwell

Guest Post from Character by Kelsey Bryant @ Kelsey’s Notebook

Author Interview by Germaine @ The Writing Mafia

Book Spotlight by Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

Find Out More!

And, you lucky readers! Kellyn is holding a giveaway! Click HERE and enter!

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Woohoo! Doesn’t this sound fun?! 😃 Make sure to check out all the posts on the blog tour!

Are you going to enter the giveaway?

Are you excited about Kellyn’s new book?

Isn’t the cover gorgeous?!

-Julia

Disclaimer: All images for the book tour are not owned by me. They were given to me by Kellyn to use.

28 thoughts on “Author Interview with Kellyn Roth

  1. Hi Julia! I just realized I never commented on your post … *coughs* So sorry! I actually didn’t comment on more than one or two peoples’ blogs throughout the tour ’cause I was so busy …

    But anyway, I just want to take a moment to thank you for being a participant in my tour! ❤ I appreciate it more than you know. Couldn't have done it without you and the other bloggers, obviously!

    The interview was soooo much fun and your blog looks gorgeous! And the graphics go so well with the blog! All awesome!

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    1. That’s okay! 🙂

      It was super fun! 😃

      Yeah, I had a lot of fun making the questions for you. 😉 Thank you!

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    1. I’m glad that you did! 😃
      Yes!
      Same. 😉 I’m excited to see the outcome!
      It’s on my list of books I need to buy. 😂

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  2. I am so flippin’ excited to check out willowy-whisper for MY book cover! Kellyn Roth, you know that you are my role model? Your professional website and social media, three published books with professional covers, and young age INSPIRE ME to do the same. Thank you.

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    1. I know, right?! (Especially because I think the place I got my cover from is raising their prices 😭 I asked, and they told me it’s because at their current price they’re getting flooded with orders) She is pretty darn inspiring. I actually think she’s got FIVE out there! 😱 Yay young writers! *fist bump*

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    2. Zella T … if you ever see this … you made my day! THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤ You can definitely shoot for the stars and do this to, you know? I KNOW YOU CAN!

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  3. Wow great interview, Julia! *thumbs up because I have no idea how to put a thumbs up emoji* AHEM. Yes that cover is absolutely gorgeous!! This sure is gonna be a HUGE toursie!

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    1. Thanks, Starling! 😃 I use a Mac; to put in an emoji, try pushing control, then command, then the space bar. (You have to hold the others as you go) A little box pops up with the emojis.
      Yes, the cover is! (I am literally considering getting my next cover from the same designer) YES! I am super excited about it! *throws confetti*

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  4. Aaah. That cover. Beautiful. *sighs*
    Kellyn is an amazing author! I haven’t read her series but I’ve read short stories she’s written, and that’s enough to recognize her talent from, hehe. 🙂

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    1. Totally! 😍
      I agree; she’s really good! I hope that everyone has fun on this launch, and she sells a bunch of them! (She’s put a lot of work into this)

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  5. Kellyn’s book looks AMAZING! Great interview, btw. And I have that gorgeous leather bound notebook that’s a prize in the giveaway!!!It’s beautiful.

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