Who is Kelly Clayton?
I was born in Scotland but have lived for most of my life in the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. A tiny 9 miles by 5 miles, the island is home to 100,000 people. With sandy beaches, rocky inlets, pretty villages, rolling fields and a buzzing main town Jersey provides plenty of inspiration. I live with my husband and our three cats in a house by the sea. Yes, three cats - however one of them just decided to move in with us and wouldn't go away so that's not really my fault! (His previous human carer signed him over to me - honest.)
When did you start writing?
I think I always loved the idea of writing for a living. As a teenager I wanted to be a journalist - or an archaeologist or an actress... However, life intervened and I ended up working in the finance industry as a professional trustee. Which I love - but I was looking for a creative outlet as well. I started doing writing courses and jotting down story ideas and odd scenes here and there. The study drawers were overflowing with filled notebooks and scraps of paper.
What made you decide to get serious about writing?
In the new year of 2012 I had a massive clear out of the those study drawers. Out came all the writing and loose notes I'd gathered over the years and I thought "Get serious about this once and for all - otherwise you'll never do it". So, I did. I sorted through the story ideas and realised I had rough outlines for eight novels and had already written between 20,000 to 50,000 words on three of them. One of them became Blood In The Sand.
Why did you choose to write that story first?
A very dear friend was ill and in the UK for a while; happily, she has is now back home and is doing great. I promised to finish one of my stories for her . She has always loved a murder mystery and chose what became Blood In The Sand.
You decided to indie publish - why was that?
I did a little research on the traditional publishing route but I decided it wasn't for me. I became excited by the idea of indie publishing, learning new skills and controlling the process from start to finish.
E-readers - specifically the Amazon Kindle - have revolutionised the publication of the written word. And offer a valid and exciting option to authors, who can now take their work direct to the reader.
Why do you write in multiple genres?
The simple answer would be-because I can. I love the freedom of being able to tell different types of stories-and not being forced into genre-specific pigeon-holes-which I believe to be the case with traditional publishing.
What is your writing routine?
I try and get up at 6am-to get in a few hours writing before work. When I come home I write for a while at the kitchen table, usually whilst dinner is cooking away. Depending what stage I am at in the writing process, I usually try and stop writing after dinner, so that my husband and I can have the evening together. However, if I am on a deadline I just keep going...