This week I’m part of a blog tour! Kellyn Roth is launching a series called Kees & Colliers. There are five books in the series, including two prequels.
I’m doing an author interview with Kellyn, but before we do that I’ll give you an introduction to the series.
The Lady of the Vineyard
Is it too late for Adele to return to her daughter’s life?
When her ex-husband reappears in her life determined to spend more time with their child, Adele Collier allows him to take Judy to France for the summer. As the summer goes by, an internal battle rages in Adele’s heart. Can she give up her glamorous lifestyle to win her daughter’s heart?
Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade Adele’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever, but someday she must return to England. Can Judy trust her mother again?
Flowers in Her Heart
Can Adele change her entire lifestyle to be a mother to her babies?
When her husband goes off to war, Adele feels lost and confused. In a new, less-than-ideal place in a frightening, less-than-ideal time, she flees to the garden with her daughters, determined to make their new house a home, even if it is from the outside in.
Battered by her own inner turmoil and scoffed at by those close to her, Adele seeks to make something beautiful amidst chaos. But can even the most beautiful flowers cover the years of scars?
From Now ‘Til Forever
The war is over, but it’s not as easy coming home as he anticipated.
Troy Kee doesn’t know how he’ll settle back into life with his family after WWII, but he’s determined to do so. He feels that if he can just get his family back to their vineyard in France, everything will be all right. But his wife has other plans.
This charming novelette finale to the Kees & Colliers series highlights the difficulties of returning home after a war.
Author Interview with Kellyn Roth
How many books are planning to be in the Kees and Colliers series?
I’m done with the four and a short story I have out now! 😛 Okay, I might have a couple teensy short stories, but only because I want to. Here’s a loose plan:
- Book 1: The Lady of the Vineyard (published now)
- Book 2: Flowers in Her Heart (published now)
- Book 3: From Now ‘Til Forever (publishing August 1st)
- Prequel 1 (full length): Souls Astray (published now)
- Prequel 2 (short story): Goldfish Secrets (published now)
- Possible Spinoff: Just Her Shadow (short about Millie’s romance)
- Possible Book 4: about Judy as a teen, basically!
But the last two are up in the air, especially the possible book 4.
Is Judy inspired by someone you know?
Yes, she’s actually inspired by my niece, Mercy. They’re very similar in appearance. Mercy is a lot spunkier than Judy, but they both are sweet and loving and like cuddles.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Not always, but lately I have been! I have a playlist for each of my novels which I’ll often make use of.
How do you avoid or deal with writer’s block?
I just write through it. Sometimes it works, other times I only write a few words in an hour. But I push through my writing time and keep trying. But I deal with writer’s block less and less as I go.
Who is your favourite character in the series?
Probably Troy. He’s loads of fun to write, he has a cheerful personality, a great sense of humor, and is very sweet.
Which character was the most fun to write?
Again, Troy, though Harrington and Judy are both great. All because of either their cuteness, their humor, or a little of both. 😉
Do you ever use your personality for one of your characters?
Occasionally, but I try to make sure they’re somewhat unique. Harrington is the closest character to me in this series, but we’re still quite different.
When did you first want to be a writer?
When I was very young (six or seven) I thought I’d be a writer, but I only started getting super serious about it when I was eleven or twelve. Then I knew I wanted to be a famous author.
How do you find time to write?
I make time. I don’t just stumble upon it! Writing is a career for me, and I put writing first as I would put any other career first. It’s really a matter of what you prioritize/decide to do with your life.
What is your main goal with your writing?
To make money? Is that too mercenary?
I do see it as a career, but I’d also like to be helpful to people.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
I have quite a list! Are you ready?
Gene Stratton Porter, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne, Sarah Sundin, Rachel Fordham, Tamera Alexander, Carrie Turansky, Margaret Mitchell, Maud Hart Lovelace, Allison Tebo … okay, I’ll quit.
What are you most excited for with the Kees and Colliers series?
The characters! No, the plot! No, the themes! No, the settings!
Basically, I’m very excited for it all.
About the Author…
And… one more thing! I MUST share something about my favourite character. He’s amazing. Meet… drumroll please…
… Isn’t he cool?! I mean, I know you have to read the books in order to truly understand, but if anything, Troy is worth reading about. 😉
Alright! So, that wraps up this post. You can check out all her books on Amazon (there’s another fun series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, which I also recommend).
Thanks for the fun interview, Kellyn!