Todays Portals and Pathways spotlight falls on my friend and fellow Dark Moon Press author, Kellie Freese. Kellie is a talented poet, a kind soul and a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’–three of my favorite kinds of people all rolled into one! Let’s hear what she has to say.
Q:: When/how did you start writing?
A: I honestly don’t remember a time I didn’t write. I wrote stories and plays when I was a kid and as I got older, I realised that I could only really communicate through prose and poetry. I literally threw poems at people and ran so I wouldn’t see their reaction! I’ve learned to use writing as more than just an emotional tool and I can actually write things purely for fun now! (Sometimes)
Q: Do you like reading poetry?
A: Absolutely. I read a lot of poetry written by friends, and iI love the classics. Mostly Poe, Byron, Yeats. But I do like some modern artists as well. Love Bukowski and Angelou). And some up-and-comers like Hilborn and Francisco.
Q: What else do you like to read?
A: Anything vampire!!! I like fantasy and science fiction. I’m a gigantic Harry Potter nerd! Mostly I love the good old musty stuff. I idolised the Bronte sisters growing up and Wuthering Heights is my all time favourite book!
Q: Do you write other things?
A: I do. Mostly horror fiction. In fact I have a story in (the anthology) Aftermath by Dark Moon Press called Zero. I also have a very sweet children’s book I hope to release at some point.
Q: Favorite authors?
A: Anne Rice is my favourite, hands down, but I have very eclectic taste. My favourites run from Hawthorne to Rowling with many stops between!
Q: How did you discover Dark Moon Press?
A: I’ve been a fan of Eric (Vernor, the CEO of Dark Moon Press) ’s work for a long time. I have many of his books and quite a few pieces of his art. Over the years, I’ve come to admire and respect him (and my fellow authors) very much.
Q: Do you have a writing process?
A: I really don’t! I’d love to be able to say I have a schedule or ritual or something, but honestly, I just write what pops into my head. My stories and books tend to have a bit more structure during the writing process, but I don’t have a routine to speak of.
Q: Any advice for other writers?
A: Write! Just keep creating! Don’t worry about sales or popularity. That will come in time. Have faith in what you’re doing and never give up!
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: Just that I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. For the opportunity to share my life’s work I never thought I’d be published and now I have this tangible thing to share with others. I recently had the immense honour of Anne Rice purchasing my book! And for my wonderful husband and children and friends who have always believed in me, even when I didn’t. Im just amazed by what my life has become.
Thank you for letting me share!!!
Thank YOU for sharing, Kellie!