Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky, or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.
Some of her favorite YA books include:
- BROTHER/SISTER and KILLING BRITNEY by Sean Olin
- THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH series by Carrie Ryan
- FEED by MT Anderson
- SHIVER series by Maggie Stiefvater
- WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion
- WITH OR WITHOUT YOU by Brian Farrey
- INVINCIBLE SUMMER; ZOMBIE TAG; GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz
- A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
- IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma
As of January 2011, Kelley is a proud member of the Young Adult writers group blog,YAtopia, as well as For the Love of Contemporary. She is currently unagented. Her YA thriller, HUSHED, is now available via Entangled Publishing.
Visit her site: http://www.kelley-york.com/
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. Congrats on the publication of Hushed. What inspired you to write this story?
I’m a very character-driven writer. All of my story ideas start out as vague character sketches in my head. Something unique about a person. In the case of HUSHED, it was Archer and the idea I wanted to write a boy who killed people, but did it for—what he thought to be—the right reasons. Everything expanded from there.
2. How difficult was it to dip into Archer’s psyche?
Will you think I’m crazy if I say it was easy? I love, love, love writing ‘broken’ characters. I love the emotionally damaged ones, because there is so much you can do with them. There is so much room for growth—both good and bad. They are never, ever boring. Archer himself tries so hard to keep himself composed and controlled, but he’s a very emotionally-charged character. He’s exhausting to write, but he’s so much fun.
3. What’s next on the horizon?
Well…that’s kind of under wraps for the moment. Can I just say ‘good things’? 😉 I’m not quite ready to announce it just yet.
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. And write what you love. Don’t try to get in on trends or mold your story to fit what you think an agent/editor/whoever will like. It may be harder to sell, but the most brilliant books are the ones where you can just tell the author refused to let anyone tell them how to do it.
5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?
OH, YAY! I was hoping I’d get asked this one. The Beatles. All. The. Way. If you’ve seen my blog, you would know how much I adore them. If I had a time machine, first order of business would be to go back and see one of their early concerts.
And check out my review here.