I first met A.L. Kessler at the Indie Romance Convention back in 2013. Since then, I’ve enjoyed following her career and seeing what comes out of her beautiful brain. Thanks for contributing to our series, Mrs. Kessler! The floor is yours…
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Why I write what I write.
Hmm that’s kind of a tough question. I guess it depends on what genre we look at, paranormal romance, urban fantasy or steampunk. I suppose each have their own little story behind them. Let’s start at the very beginning…(And now you’re singing the song from the Sound of Music, you’re welcome.)
When I was in high school, I was introduced to the wonderful world of the paranormal. I started reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes which introduced me to vampires and I fell in love, from there I discovered Laurall K. Hamilton and fell even more in love. My biggest problem was that there was a lot of sex in what I was reading. As an anomaly in the high school, I wasn’t huge on sex. I thought. I could write something without sex! Well, I knew very little then and cut out relationships all together in my writing. It didn’t work. I realized that in college. So I slowly started developing what is now my Dark War Chronicles series. (Which was originally supposed to be urban fantasy, the over all series arc still is.)
A friend told me about an anthology, but it required sex to be in the story. I hadn’t put sex in that particular format before, novel or story. But I bit the bullet and gave it a try. I didn’t get in that one, but I got some wonderful feedback and tried for the next one. I did get in the next one. I realize it wasn’t all that bad and romance wasn’t all that bad. It might have been that I’d grown since high school, it might have been some of the experiences I had in college, but I realized that it was okay. So I took another look at DWC and decided what I could do with it. I looked at Midnight Symphony and recrafted it, in both cases everything started to look better. That’s why I write PNR, because it worked, it flowed, and it got me out there.
It was about the third DWC book that I realized that I really wanted to go back to my roots and write urban fantasy. Something without the focus on a relationship. That’s when the Here Witchy Witchy series was started. There is still an aspect of relationships there, but it’s not a focus, there’s no sex, and it works. I wrote another guest post (which will be posted during the blog tour for No More Black Magic) that explains that it really was going back to my roots. It comes easier to me, it flows so well and I love the first person point of view in it. It reminds me of a different time in my life and I plan on continuing to write urban fantasy.
Now, steampunk, which I don’t write a whole lot of, came about in much of the same way that the paranormal romance did. I tried my hand at it for an anthology, to my surprise, I got in. I tried for the next one and got in as well. It was really a chance for me to try something new, but unlike PNR, I didn’t find another passion in it. I enjoy it, but it’s not my focus.
No matter what I end up writing, I write it because I love it. If I try something new, I have to have some type of new-found love for it to continue on. I think that readers can tell when you don’t have that when you write.
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…is the author of Dark War Chronicles. She dabbles in paranormal romance, steampunk and urban fantasy. Since she was a teenager she’s loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she’s not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, training a playful puppy named Zelda, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband of 4 years, she’s either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.
For those who like things on the more spicy side, she leads a double life as Alexandra Webb.
You can learn more at www.amylkessler.com.
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