Writer Wednesday: Interview w/ Young Adult and historical romance author, Kelly McClymer

May 18, 2011 | Author Interviews | 6 comments

Today, my guest is young adult and historical romance author, Kelly McClymer. Kelly is another of the many New York published authors who is releasing her out of print backlist books as ebooks.

First her “official” bio:

Kelly McClymer was born in South Carolina, but crossed the Mason-Dixon line to live in Delaware at age six. After one short stint living in South Carolina during junior high, she has remained above the line, and now lives in Maine with her husband and three children.

Writing has been Kelly’s passion since her sixth grade essay on how to not bake bread earned her an A plus. After cleaning up the bread dough that oozed on to the floor, she gave up bread making for good and turned to writing as a creative outlet. A graduate of the University of Delaware (English major, of course) she spends her days writing and teaching writing.

Which of your books is your favorite? Why?
Whatever book I’m working on is always my favorite, because the possibilities are endless and the laces haven’t all been neatly tied off, as they are when the book is finally published. But each book brings a special thrill when I think of it (my first published novel, The Fairy Tale Bride (Once Upon a Wedding), for instance, reminds me of getting “the call”). Recently, when I reissued the ebook version, I had an opportunity to “retie the laces”as it were — to revise. That was great.

Where should a reader who is new to your books start?
Since 2006, I have been writing YA, and that is where I plan to continue (I have two YA novels in revisions as we speak). Starting with The Salem Witch Tryouts, the first in a trilogy about a cheerleading witch, is a good place to start.

I am also releasing my out-of-print historical romance novels in ebook form. For readers who like a more sweet than steamy romance read, try The Fairy Tale Bride , (Only $.99 at Amazon and Smashwords–Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Smashwords) the first of seven loosely connected books about a family looking for their happily ever afters in the Once Upon A Wedding series.

What do you most hope readers get from reading one of your books?
All of my books celebrate the power of love, family, friendship, and never giving up or in. Some do it with carriages and Victorian estates and others do it with magic, but at heart, that’s the one truth I hope to explore in as many ways as possible for the rest of my life.

Is there anything else you would like to add either for readers or writers?
Readers: Go forth and read with an open heart and mind.
Writers: What are you doing reading this interview?!? Get back to writing.


  1. Ellen Christian

    The Salem Witch Tryouts definitely sounds like a book my daughter would like. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lori

    I think it sounds really fun too!
    Wish I’d thought of it. :)

  3. Terri Forehand

    Thanks for sharing, good to see the list of books to add to my reading list for summer.

  4. V.R. Leavitt

    The Salem Witch Tryouts sounds great. I’ll definitely have to check that out.

  5. Cheryl Malandrinos

    Sorry, I had to take a break from writing to read your interview. Have to show support for my fellow authors.

    I agree with the others, The Salem Witch Tryouts sounds fun, even though I’m not much of a witch story person.

    I bought The Fairy Tale Bride recently. Hopefully I get to read it on vacation.

    Best of luck.


  6. Kelly McClymer

    The Salem books were very fun to write! I’ve always wanted to be able to do my chores with a few wiggles of my fingers — and, of course, magic has unintended (and unexpected consequences).