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Do you know today’s spotlight author Kellie Riek?

authorspotlight Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Kellie Riek from Sydney, NSW, Australia

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authorspotlightThanks for joining me, Kellie.  Please have a seat and make yourself comfortable.

How long have you been publishing with Limitless? What titles have you published with them? Have you self-published any titles or published with another publisher? Please give details.

I’m new to Limitless. My first book with them is Rogue Agent which is being released today, March 15th.

rogue agent coverHow exciting. Can you tell us a little bit about the book — what genre you write, if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress.

I write a range of genres from fantasy, crime, thriller and historical fiction. I’m not a big series writer, so I tend to stick to standalone books. If a book goes well, then I may consider writing a sequel.

Rogue Agent is a thriller/sci fi. It will be out by Limitless Publishing today, March 15th. Inspired by great thriller/crime novels, I hope it will be a success. I loved writing it and creating my characters whom I hope readers will love. Its a cross from a thriller/adventure/romance.

The book sounds incredible. I absolutely love the cover, and I’m eager to read it. I also thought I preferred writing standalones but after I wrote A Stone’s Throw,” I felt like it needed a sequel which I just submitted to Limitless and am already planning the third. So you never know. I still intend to write other standalones, but I’m enjoying my Cobble Cove books for now.

Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My goal as a writer is simple. I wish for success. Whether that is getting an agent and getting a big 6 contract or my books selling very well on Amazon. I don’t want be to “famous” but well known. My aim for my next WIP is to get an agent.

I wish you luck with that.

What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

My books market to the large audience but they are niche. I write historical fiction mostly and it doesn’t have a huge market like YA or romance so I have to be selective on how I market my book. I just want my readers to enjoy my stories. I try and put a little bit of everything into a book to make it interesting.

Very nice. What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Don’t stop writing. Each time you write a book you get better at it. Don’t stop!

I hear that time and again from every author, and I agree completely.

What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

Rejection is a normal part of any author’s career. It hurts but its necessary to improve your craft. But doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Just don’t take it personal.

Yes, that applies to both submissions and reviews. You’re right that it’s absolutely a part of an author’s career.

Have you taken any writing or publishing classes? If so, please provide information about them and if you feel they helped you further your professional skills.

I am all self taught 🙂 I have certificates in professional writing, but not creative writing.

I see. What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?

I love to draw, game and go for walks. I try to keep my mind active. It’s very important for an author.

Absolutely. I’ve found that walking is so relaxing and gets the gears going for writing because it clears your mind. Drawing is a wonderfully creative and relaxing hobby, as well.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

What I love most is hearing from readers. Its the best kind of feedback. You write and publish so others can read your work. What I dislike most is not having enough time in the day to write!

I love hearing from readers, also. It really makes your day. Time is always the issue with writing, but you have to schedule it and try to do it daily even if it’s for a short period.

Can you  please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/kelliewallacebooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelliewallace85

Website: kelliewallacebooks.com

Instagram: kellie_wallace_books

Thanks so much for joining me in the Limitless Lounge, Kellie, and for a great interview. Good luck with your new release today and your future writing.

 

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Author:

I am a librarian at a public library and an author of the Cobble Cove mystery series and other novels, short stories, and articles. My books include "Cloudy Rainbow," "A Stone's Throw," and "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." My third mystery, "Written in Stone," was published April 2017. I have also completed a standalone psychological thriller, "Sea Scope" that I am seeking representation for with a literary agent. I am a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Sisters-in-Crime, and International Thriller Writers. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and two cats.

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