Friday 9 August 2019

Interview with J.L Keathley and review of Distant Memories

I am delighted to welcome JL Keathley to the blog for an interview and my review of her book - Distant Memories. Here's a little bit about her:

J.L. Keathley is a self-published author who focuses on YA Fantasy. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and two daughters. She loves animals and has a variety of pets. She has always loved to read and decided to write what she wants to read about. She likes to travel with her family and find adventures.

And onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
Honestly I would have to save Jade. She is different from everyone else around her and doesn't care. I am the same way, I am the "odd one" and don't care.

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
I do read my own genre mostly. I prefer YA, so yes it is my favorite. I like that it's not too complicated and not a lot mature scenes.

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Simple, Light, Fun

What was the first story you ever told?
When I was in Elementary school, I wrote a children's book about my dad and I going camping. It was made of construction paper. Ha can't believe I forgot about that until now.

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
No, it sorta just happened. But now I love it.

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!
I write where I can, not one particular space.

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?
No, I tried but I just want to sing a long with a song if I know it instead of write. So a playlist isn't a good idea for me.

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
Facebook, pages are great of course but I would have say the groups on there are a lot more helpful. They help you connect with other writers to get feedback and advise as well as allow you to promote yourself on a budget (which is great for most authors).

Where do you hang out most online?
Facebook :)

Do you have a favourite app for writing?
Word, it's user friendly and love the features it has.

Organised or not?
Organized for sure. I have virtual stickies and notes that help me with everything.

What's your favourite book you've read?
This question is always hard! I have ready so many great ones. Esh, um if I had to choose just one I would have to say A walk to Remember.

Morning or evening writer?
Evening, I am not a morning person (haha).

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?

About to turn sixteen, Jade was looking forward to getting her first car and a little more freedom. Life, however, had a different path in mind. A thirst for blood and newfound fangs exposed a secret world to her... a world hidden from humanity. To leave behind everything she knew and enter The Shadow Realm, she must embark on a fateful journey to uncover the truth about the past, and understand her strange dreams. Daring efforts to unravel her destiny will reveal new powers, new friends, and very real enemies.

My Review: 4 stars
I picked this up as it sounded interesting, a story of a change at the age of sixteen and thrown into a world she knows nothing about, Jade is quick to adapt to the newness all around her. I loved the way the story was told, loved Jade and her point of view and the friends that she surrounded herself with. It was an engaging read, and beautifully written. A solid four stars!

You can follow JL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & her website.

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