Born in Sydney, author Kellie Wallace developed a love for the written word early in life, writing her first story at aged three. Her father used to read to her at bedtime, establishing a deep love and respect for books.
Kellie wrote her first fiction fantasy novel called Giblin the Conquer, an X Files fan fiction and a military fiction while in high school. After finishing school, Kellie moved to the sunny Northern Beaches and carved a successful career in the media/advertising industry writing for numerous Sydney based publications. But that didn’t stop Kellie’s love to write. An aspiring novelist, she fulfilled a dream in 2008 having her first book All She Ever Wanted published at the age of 22 years old
Since 2013, Kellie has established herself as a hybrid author, writing a range of genres from historical fiction, fantasy, crime and new adult fiction. Her next release Rogue Agent will be published by Limitless Publishing in 2016.
She currently resides in Sydney with her husband. In her spare time, Kellie loves to write, game, draw, exercise, and binge on her favourite TV shows.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I can’t pinpoint the exact moment, but I started writing downs ideas at about 12 years old. As a typical teen, I was obsessed with boybands, particularly Backstreet Boys and found myself writing little stories about them. I ended up writing about 7 or so stories. After that, I fell in love with the written word. I experimented writing during high school and wrote a few little novels. I took it seriously when I left high school and moved out of home.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I work full time so I try and get as much writing done as possible. Normally I dedicate about 3-4 hours a day but its hard to keep it up. On some days, if I can manage only a sentence, I’ll be happy.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?I don’t get it as bad as I used to. If I do, I go for a walk, watch a TV show or movie or listen to some music. Some inspiration always eliminates my writers block.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story? I don’t really have a process when writing a book. I plan out the general plot and plot points and create the novel from there. Sometimes, things may come to be I hadn’t planned as I write and I would throw it in. It’s happening more often as my writing becomes more diverse.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? I am traditionally published now. But I self published my first book All she ever wanted back in 2007.
6.What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?When I first started writing, I was very naive with the publishing industry. I had no idea about vanity publishers or traditional publishers. When I finished my first “proper” novel back in 2011, I came across some great forums and it totally opened my world. My advice to new authors is to remain grounded and never take things personal. Rejection is a normal part of an author’s life.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? My biggest highlight is having my first book in my hands. Nothing beats that!
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? My most recent book is Rogue Agent, a romantic suspense, about an assassin with a conscious. It’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Agent-Kellie-Wallace-ebook/dp/B01CIT7I7I/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 B & N:
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books?(What to do and what not to do.)Build up your social media and network with other authors, bloggers, Facebook groups and reviewers. They’ll be your best friend. Do not spam people with your books and force them to buy. You will only turn people off. Remain humble.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? A few years ago, I would pump out 3 books a year but they weren’t the best they should’ve been so now it takes me about 9-12 months to write a solid 60k+ word book.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. My cover for Rogue Agent is breathtaking and I’ve had readers tell me it’s their favourite. I had a general idea what I wanted for the cover and but my publisher excelled every expectation. I think I screamed when I saw it. It reminds me of a movie poster.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I love to go for walks, play video games and binge watch my favorite TV shows.