Sep 1, 2017

\\ Blog Tour \\ Guest Post + Giveaway | Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron


Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

Synopsis: The daughter of a local police detective, 15-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.


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Guest Post:
My Writing Process

I have been writing for about twelve years. The first year or two were mainly learning about writing. I read Writer’s Digest, writing blogs, and multiple books on the craft. I remember being so intimidated to actually put my pen to paper or fingers on the keys that I’d convince myself that I needed to read about how to do it just a little bit longer. Over the following four or five years I wrote my first book. It was a very long and repetitive YA urban fantasy that I still heart and occasional pull out and dust off. I love the characters so much that I might try to get it into publishable shape one day.

Over the last decade I went back to school a few times for a few different things and my writing time suffered greatly, but over the past five years I have finished four full length novels and am working on a fifth that I’m really excited about.

When I’m not at my day job as an education assistant in an elementary school, you can find me either writing or doing something writing or publishing related (there is always something to do).

My day usually looks like this: I have grand plans to wake up at 7:30 am or 8:00 am to start writing. In actuality I check my email, Facebook, and Twitter for a good 45 minutes to hour in bed unless there’s an urgent email and then I jump up and run to my computer. If there are no fires, I roll on downstairs around 10:00 am and eat breakfast (usually leftover dinner) in front of the TV. I then get ready for the day and start writing around 11:00 am. I have a lot of writer friends, which is great because we often keep each other accountable. We’ll meet at a local cafĂ© and put in 2-3 hours.

My writing sessions average anywhere from one and a half to three and a half hours at a time. I write linearly. It’s how my brain works best. I write out ideas and plot points that pop up and try to do a sort of outline, but I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of writer. I usually know 4-5 main things that have to happen in the story and then free write between these points. If it’s been a few days since I’ve worked on it, I’ll usually go over the last few pages to get back into the flow of the scene. If I get stuck I go to a key group of author friends and we bounce ideas off each other, which saves me every time. Talking it out always works better for me than stewing in my own turmoil.

I love reading widely, but there’s something about watching TV and movies that trigger ideas and help my creativity. I grew up addicted to television and still have to drag myself away it. There were hundreds and hundreds of hours of true crime television and Criminal Minds devoured while writing Pretty Wicked. All in the name of research. Or so I tell myself.

Dinner happens and then some TV time or hanging with my husband and then I might do another hour of writing and some reading before bed.

There are a lot of days with great intentions, but I am a classic procrastinator. So I remind myself how happy I will be after the words start to flow and I sit my butt on the couch with my laptop, a coffee and write.

—Kelly Charron

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Pretty Wicked Paperback & $25 Amazon Gift Card


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