I am pleased to introduce you to Kelly Charron, the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. Kelly has a degree in English Literature as well as a Social Work degree. She has worked as a hairstylist, youth outreach worker and education assistant. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Thanks so much for joining us on An Angell's Life of Bookish Goodness, Kelly.
Thanks so much for having me.
Let's jump right in. On a cold day: coffee, tea, cocoa or something a bit stronger, and why?
Oh tough one since I drink coffee, tea and cocoa, but I’d have to go with coffee with sugar and cream or better yet a flat white from Starbucks with some chocolate sprinkles on top. If I’m at home and I’m in need of an extra kick I may add a little Bailey’s in the coffee. I love the taste of coffee and always drink it when I’m writing, brainstorming and plotting so I definitely associate writing with the taste and smell, which I think helps me dive into the work faster. In the evenings, I’ve been known to have some white wine on hand.
I love Starbucks! My guilty pleasure is a hot mochaccino without cream. What is the current book you are promoting?
I’m currently promoting the second book in my
Pretty Wicked Series, WICKED FALLOUT. It is a psychological thriller that follows the main character, a twenty-seven-year-old woman named Ryann Wilkanson, who is in a maximum-security prison for claiming multiple victims when she was just fifteen years old in her attempt to become a serial killer. Wicked Fallout puts you in Ryann’s head once again but also features the point of view of a forensic psychiatrist named Dr. Nancy Clafin, who is given the arduous task of assessing Ryann when new evidence comes to light that may allow Ryann a commuted sentence.
Wow. What a story concept. Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Ryann because she is so fun to write but also to read. When I reread some of her scenes I chuckle at how positively snarky and evil she is. I love villains, so writing a whole book from the villain’s point of view was extremely satisfying. Ryann is a fresh voice with a compelling and unique perspective on life, people and the world. We know why heroes do many of the things they do, what is lesser known is the complex motivations behind a villain. I was interested in exploring the psychology, motivation, and emotion (or lack thereof) of a psychopath/sociopath in a way that we often don’t get in storytelling. If we get inside the villain’s head, it is often short lived or superficial, so I wanted to develop a villainous character where the reader could be fully immersed inside their psyche for a whole new experience. She also employs quite a bit of snarkiness, sarcasm and wit, which allows for a rather dark character to also have lighter moments.
I like that you aren't taking the approach of some of the more recent Disney adaptations where they try to make the villain NOT a villain. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Tough one. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayal only) is a favorite because he is so charming and charismatic. We loathe him but are fascinated with him and are compelled to see what he does next. On the side of hero, I’d have to say I love Neville Longbottom because who doesn’t love a sweet underdog. He starts out fearful, clumsy and overwhelmed and ends the series saving the day! He’s the one in the crowd to stand up to Voldemort in the end—his tenacity, courage and strength are so admirable. He’d go to the ends of the earth for what is right. I also love everything Alice in Wonderland, especially the Mad Hatter.
I love Neville too. The unlikely heroes are always the best. Where do you come up with your stories?
Inspiration for my stories often comes from television and movies. I’m a very visual person and seeing the way a story unfolds onscreen (the lighting, sounds, setting, angles, framing etc…) creates a mood which often draws me so completely in that I want to create a similar feeling in a story. I love being scared and watching thrillers and horror, so I naturally want to evoke that same sense of fear and dread with words. I also often watch true crime television and documentaries which always get me analyzing and breaking apart the various aspects of cases. Why a particular victim was chosen? How the killer started down that road—what was childhood like/what are their defining characteristics and personality traits/who were they pretending to be versus who they really were? Even to dissecting why a detective chose that line of work. I’m always studying why people do the things they do and I find it especially compelling if they do something quite differently than the rest of society would expect or relate to, so I take those initial seeds and play with it, often with a lot of “what if” questions and scenarios, and come up with plot ideas.
So cool. Well, thanks for coming out and sharing yourself with us. I am definitely looking forward to Pretty Wicked. Looks like an awesome read! Do you want to learn more about Kelly Charron and her series?