Today on the blog, I’d like to welcome the lovely Kelly Oram, the author of the Jamie Baker series and several other standalones. I have the privilege to introduce her newest book Chameleon, the first in her new Supernaturals series today as well as pick her brain a little. Thank you to Kelly for the opportunity to be a part of your tour!
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Synopsis for Chameleon
“For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.
As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.
Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.” (Taken from Kelly Oram’s website)
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Q. What are 5 of the weirdest places you’ve come up with story ideas/scene ideas in?
I think it’s safe to say that there are pretty much always stories in my head. I feel like my brain never stops. That said, I have come up with new ideas, or solved story problems in some of the most random places. Here are five of my favorites places to plot out a story.
5. In bed. This is my original plotting place. I have always been a bit of an insomniac. Even when I was a little kid I would spend hours in bed at night waiting to fall asleep. When I was about 9 or 10 I started keeping a notebook under my pillow so that I could write in bed. I think that’s where my love of writing really started. Now, even as an exhausted mother of four, there is still something about lying down in a dark, quiet room on a comfortable bed that sends my brain into overdrive. I often have to jump up out of bed in the middle of the night to jot down a note or two because I’ve worked something out when I should be sleeping.
4. The Shower. I don’t think this one is as uncommon as it sounds. I bet there are a lot of writers who get some of their best ideas while in the shower. I swear my shower has magical plotting properties. It’s just such a nice relaxing place to think where you aren’t bothered by the outside world. Sometimes if I’m stuck or stressed or distracted, I’ll go take a shower just to clear my mind and let it run.
3. Driving. I spend a lot of time in the car and those precious minutes never go to waste. I’m always thinking about stories or characters while I drive. I think it’s because I’m stuck there anyway, and can only do so much while still paying attention to the road. I usually have the radio on too, and sometimes the most random song can trigger an idea or inspire me. Or, if my husband is with me we will almost always end up bouncing ideas off each other. He’s a writer too, and the car is a great place to have a story session.
2. Fast food places. I like to get away from home to write whenever I have the chance. I don’t have an office to go to, so I often end up at the library or a fast food restaurant. (I would totally go to a bookstore if my little town had one.) The good thing about a fast food place—aside from the bottomless Diet Coke supply, and the air conditioning being up so high I’m too cold to fall asleep—is the number of people that go in and out. I am a people watcher. Every person in the world is unique. If you pay attention strangers can be great inspiration for characters. In my town I prefer the Arby’s because they have comfortable padded booths, and I love their cherry turnovers.
1. Church. I know it’s odd, but sometimes I get my best ideas or solve my plot problems when I’m at church. I don’t do this on purpose. It just happens. Maybe it’s because when I’m at church I completely pull my mind away from the rest of the world and my outside life. Sometimes when you’re stuck you can’t solve the problem until you just stop thinking about it. Your subconscious is a powerful tool. The only down side to this, is that I can’t just stop what I’m doing and go write. Plus, I never have my laptop with me to take notes. I often find myself scrambling for old receipts, gum wrappers, or drawings my kids did in their Sunday school class—anything that I can write stuff down on so I won’t forget before I get home.
Thank you for this wonderful insight into how you come up with your story ideas Kelly! It’s truly been a delight getting to know you. For your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, head over to Kelly’s tour page to enter!
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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.