This week we welcome Guest Author, Kelly Samarah, whose debut novel, Thorns of Glass was recently published.
Here is a brief Author Bio on Kelly:
Kelly Samarah grew up in a small town located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. When she isn't busy working on a new story to share with her readers she enjoys cooking, music, painting and of course, reading. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, cat and two children.
Congratulations Kelly! Please tell us a little about Thorns of Glass.
Thorns Of Glass is my first novel. It's the story of a boy, Sam, who falls victim to the physical and emotional abuse of his stepfather who eventually murders him. This story is about domestic abuse, but also delves into what happens to us when we die. It's told from the interesting angle of two ghost's perspectives. Many of the domestic and abusive elements are taken from personal experience. I pulled from things I have been through and poured it into this family. I became so deeply involved with the characters while writing, I would find myself tearing up and would have to stop and catch my breath.
What has the experience of bringing Thorns of Glass to publication been like?
Although writing is not new to me, publishing is. It's scary and exciting. It pushes you and opens up doors within yourself you never knew were there. Having other people besides those closest to you read your work, and actually like it? That is the ultimate award.
So now that your dreams of publishing Thorns of Glass have come true, what's next for you?
I have plans for a trilogy and hope to have book 1 released sometime after Christmas. The story takes a step away from the paranormal (my preferred theme) and delves into sci-fi/fantasy. The fun thing about this book is readers can read along as I'm writing it as I post my rough draft chapters on my blog. I have gotten some good feedback which has been awesome, and readers get to fall in love with a story before it's published.
Where can we follow you and keep in touch?
You can visit me on my blog or facebook to learn more about me and my work.