Episode 075 – Kelly Klepfer and Michelle Griep cowrote a cozy mystery – loaded with humor and romance, with murder on the side.
- Kelly Klepfer and Michelle Griep have a new book just released, Out of the Frying Pan – A cozy little mystery … with murder on the side. The book is loaded with humor and romance. We laughed our way through the interview. We talked about character development and who wrote what, scene transitions, the difficulties and the value of writing together, the strength of the book idea, how they worked together, plot versus character, communication back and forth, marketing, and more.
- The Captive Heart
- The Courageous Brides Collection: Compassionate Heroism Attracts Male Suitors to Nine Spirited Women
- Brentwood’s Ward
- Writer Off the Leash: Growing in the Writing Craft
- A Heart Deceived: A Novel
My Writing Motivation
- This was a story that needed to be finished – to be told. Eight years was a long time to get it done, but we had the motivation to stick with it.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- Michelle: Writing – Staring at the blank screen.
- Kelly: Distractions of all types.
A Tip on Coauthoring a Book
- To coauthor, you have to be upfront with each other. Good communication is key.
How Can Writers Tell if Their Book Idea is Good?
- Michelle: If a writer has a passion for a particular story, that they can’t get out of their head, that’s a story that needs to be written.
- Kelly: I agree, you can’t manufacture or fake passion.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- Kelly: I like the basic advice that you need to be a reader to be a writer. I critically look at the books I read asking questions like why do I love this book, why do I adore the characters – or why don’t I. Then how can I avoid these pitfalls or incorporate these great qualities into what I’m writing.
- Michelle: The best advice I received was to finish what you start. Push through it and finish it. It’s important to have that feeling of success.
Tips for Writers Trying to Become Published
- Michelle: Maybe change your expectations about the time frame. It’s going to take time to get published. Enjoy every stage of the game you are at.
- Kelly: You need to learn the rules so you can know when is the time to twist them to write better fiction. You need to be teachable. Listen to those that have gone before you and pick up on their wisdom.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Kelly: Keep on keeping on. If this need and desire to write is not going to let you go, keep looking and trying until you find the right place to express yourself.
- Michelle: I would say, plan to fail because you will. The most important thing is what you do when that happens. You must continue to write. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means how you were writing wasn’t working. So keep writing and press pass the failure.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- Michelle: My measure of success is when I get an email from a reader telling me how some of the truth I wrote has affected their life.
- Kelly: The entertainment value is important to me. Life can be really hard. There’s something to be said for being able to step away from the hard things and take a break.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- Michelle: I like Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.
- Kelly: I like Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.
The Author That Inspires Me
- We both love Tim Downs and his Bug Man novels.
- Kelly: Jessica Dotta is also very good.
- Michelle: Travis Thrasher writes for young adults and is one of my all time favorites.
How To Find Me
- Fern and Zula’s blog (the characters from their book)
- Kelly’s website
- Kelly’s Facebook page
- Kelly’s Twitter page
- Kelly’s Instagram page
- Kelly’s Pinterest page
- Book review websites where Kelly contributes: Novel Rocket and Novel Reviews
- Michelle’s website
- Michelle’s Writer Off the Leash blog
- Michelle’s Facebook page
- Michelle’s Twitter page
- Michelle’s Pinterest page
About Michelle from Her Amazon Author’s page
- I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.
From My Perspective
- In the From My Perspective segment of the show, I talk about five questions writers should ask potential agents. This comes from Writers Digest’s Brian A. Klems in an article posted on their website. Here’s the link for the complete article. Good advice.
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