Interview with Author Glenis Kellet – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Glenis Kellet

Author Glenis Kellet was 8-9 years of age when her teacher introduced her class to writing books. Their library lesson was all about choosing a topic from the school library and writing their own little booklets!  She won first prize for the numerous books she wrote on all sorts of topics. She loved it and still has many of the booklets she wrote!

Another passion was a love of ponies, Glenis always longed for a pony of her own.  “I didn’t come from a wealthy family, so I began helping out on a local farm at the age of 10 – I was taught how to ride and 7 years later had the chance to buy my very own pony! I also had the opportunity to write freelance articles in pony and horse type magazines; I later began a writing course”.

By the time she was 28 years old; she owned and managed a thoroughbred stud, she bred a few winning race horses! She became a partner in her husband’s dairy/arable farm; they were blessed with two daughters. Later in life she established a coarse fishery and sold it as a going concern. 
She cared for her elderly mother for 10 years until she passed away; She used her knowledge from her Diploma in Finance to support herself by trading successfully on the financial markets. “I’ve always wanted to write, but never had the time with the hectic life I led – until I retired – I drew on this vast amount of knowledge and life experiences to write exciting fast-paced, easy to read fiction novels”.

Tell me more about your latest book

The Village Narcissist – I was inspired to write this book as I’ve lived in a few villages. There is generally someone who wishes to take over everything; so, I thought I would take it to the extreme and turn the village in the book; upside down! It’s been labelled as ‘A terrific mystery!’ by Grady Harp, a top 50 reviewer on Amazon USA. He ends by writing –  Written in a most engaging style, this new novel by Glenis Kellet places her solidly in the arena of important contemporary authors. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 20

The blurb on the front cover sets the opening scene – A body is found hanging from a noose made from a bell rope! Is this just the start of things to come?

Synopsis: The deceptively quiet remote village is shattered after a brazen obnoxious outsider purchases The Old Vicarage – strange disappearances occur. It wasn’t until the gruesome village history was revealed – that the baffled police could solve the chilling mysteries connected to the bell tower.

The fictitious villager’s characters play a colourful and humorous part in this book – bringing the small village to life – it’s a gripping murder mystery, injecting the gruesome, spine-chilling history of this remote village into its final sinister twists and turns different.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

It was definitely challenging when I was writing about the gruesome history of the village! I had a disturbed night! The rest of the book was fun to write, trying to make it as baffling as I possibly could for the police and the reader to figure out ‘who had done it’.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

I prefer to self-publish, I always have my books professionally proofread, typeset and I have the cover professionally designed. I use a small friendly business in Tyne and Wear, UK –

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I always feel at peace when I’m writing, I concentrate on my work and can shut out the chaotic world. Time just flies by, sometimes I can miss a meal without being aware! I must be quite sensitive though, as there are times when I cry, I feel so deeply for most of my characters and animals if they are harmed or die!

How many books have you written so far?

I’ve written and published 3 books and I’m in the process of writing my 4th book. All 4 books are – murder, suspense mysteries, with a little romance and lots of emotional turmoil!

Faith in Love was my first novel.

Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable

The Village Narcissist

What’s the best way to market your books?

Start locally – carryout book signings, sell your books to family, friends and neighbours, encourage feedback, it will give you the confidence to go nationally and globally! Go on as many platforms as you can and regularly market your books, for example – Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress and many more. Make sure your books are advertised on Goodreads, Amazon UK & USA, GoogleBooks, B&N, Worldcat and BookBub and others. Have as many reviewers, review your books as you can possibly afford. Many will do it for free for a free book.

What would you like readers to take away from reading your book?

A theme runs through all my books – ‘abuse’. I would like to think that readers will realise that there are many forms of abuse, physical, mental, verbal – these are some of the 10 types of abuse. People must think before they speak, they don’t know how the other person is feeling or what they are going through in life at that particular time.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Be yourselves, write what you enjoy and what you know about. Everyone is absolutely Unique and has very valuable experiences to offer, whether it’s their own or someone they know. Readers will love to hear what you have to say! And most of all, never give up!

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