Interview with Kelly Hashway
The Blog Ring of Power Presents...
An Interview with Author Kelly Hashway
Today I'm excited to bring you an interview with YA fantasy author Kelly Hashway. She's here to today to tell us a bit about herself and her latest novel Face of Death (Touch of Death #2), which puts a new spin on the Greek myths of Hades and Medusa. Feel free to leave a comment or question for Kelly below, and when you're done here, pop on over to the other BRoP sites to read the rest of the interview.
BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?
Kelly: The first thing I ever wrote was a book about an organized shark attack. I tried to model my story after R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books, which I devoured. I should mention I was in middle school when I wrote it. ;) The story was one long paragraph because I was sure I’d go back and worry about pesky things like punctuation when I was finished. I never did finish it, though.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Kelly: I didn’t tell people I was a writer until I sold my first short story. Once I was paid to write, I felt validated as a writer. Now I realize that was silly of me. I was a writer long before I sold anything.
BRoP: What genre do you write?
Kelly: I mostly write in the fantasy genre, but I do write contemporary under the pen name Ashelyn Drake.
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Kelly: I love paranormal/fantasy because it’s like real life but better. I feel like I can escape into those stories.
BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Kelly: Well, I was a teacher before I became a published author and I’m also a freelance editor now, but I think I’d be either a bookseller or a librarian if I had to change careers.
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Where can readers can stalk you:
Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon Author Page
KELLY HASHWAY grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
FACE OF DEATH: Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi's enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her—the punishment doled out by the very people she'd sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.
Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.
Jodi's one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa's blood.
But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she's faced yet.
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This is part one of a five-part interview. Be sure to check out the other BRoP sites for the rest of the interview:
Part 2 @ T.W. Fendley
Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon
Part 5 @ Vicki Lemp Weavil
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