New interview with author Kelly Charron

Author Kelly Charron is back with a new interview.
She joins me today to wrap up 2017 with an interview about her new
psychological thriller, Wicked Fallout.
She was
here last year to talk
about YA novel
, Pretty Wicked.
Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological
thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and
some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true
crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the
husband, with the wrench, in the library. Kelly has English Literature and Social
Work degrees and has worked in education and in various social service areas. She
lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews,
you so much for having me back, Lisa!
Please tell us about your newest
Wicked Fallout takes place 12 years after Pretty Wicked, which is the first book
in the series. It follows incarcerated serial killer, Ryann Wilkanson, as she
attempts to get a commuted sentence and released from prison when new evidence
comes to light about the murders she committed when she was fifteen. The book
alternates between Ryann’s point of view and the forensic psychiatrist, Dr.
Nancy Clafin, who has been appointed by Ryann’s new defense team to evaluate
What inspired you to write this book?
I had a lot
of fun writing Ryann. The sequel actually began as a rewrite of Pretty Wicked.
I was at a writing conference and talked separately with an editor and agent who
were each interested in seeing Pretty Wicked written as an adult book instead
of young adult. I gave it a sincere try but in the end, I couldn’t abandon the
vision I originally had for the book. I was going to have to change too many
interesting and important elements to the story which didn’t sit right with me.
I decided to use some of what I’d written but changed it to be the sequel
instead. I was interested in seeing what happened to Ryann after the end of the
first book. Where was she? What was she like? How had she changed? I enjoyed
writing an older and more experienced version of her as well as the new
perspective Nancy had, which is obviously a very different one from Ryann. I
love dark stories and dark characters. I’ve always found the villain in stories
to be far more fascinating than the heroic protagonist. True crime and serial
killers have interested me since I was a young child, I have no idea why—though
I chalk it up to being captivated by human motivation and flaws. I’m intrigued
to learn about individuals who are so vastly different from most people you or
I would ever encounter.
What’s the next writing project?
I’m currently
working on a new adult thriller separate from the Pretty Wicked Series. It
centers around three women who have been friends since they were young. One of
them is engaged and the three spend a night celebrating an intimate
bachelorette party at a local pub. They split up, but two of them get a phone
call the next morning from the fiancé saying that their friend never made it
home. Her purse and keys are found on her front lawn, proof that she made it
back, just never inside. It’s far more than a kidnapping story. I don’t want to
give away the twists and turns (of which there are many) but there’s quite a
bit of drama between the friends left behind. I’m exploring the idea of how
well you really know the people in your life, including what they are actually
capable of doing under the right, or wrong, circumstances.
What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
is my curse. I wish I didn’t, but I’m guilty of it at some point most days. I
have great writing streaks where it’s not an issue, but if I’m tired I’m always
going to choose TV or Netflix over writing. The biggest challenge I faced when
I was writing Wicked Fallout was deciding how much to delve into the murders
from Pretty Wicked. Wicked Fallout is an adult book so there is a distinct
possibility it would get a new readership than PW. I’ve already had a few
emails from readers telling me they have read WF and not PW because they don’t
enjoy young adult. I wanted to make sure I put enough information about the
things Ryann had done in book one so that readers who went straight into WF had
a complete grasp of the murders and her character. I struggled finding a
balance between recapping and recreating the events of the first novel, but I
worked with the same beta readers and editor on both books and they helped me reach
a good balance. It’s constructed in a way to refresh the memory of someone who
read book one and fills in enough of the gaps for a new reader.
If your novels require research – please
talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while
you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?
I research as
I write. I hate leaving areas that are blank or only partially written, so when
I come to a part that I need more knowledge about I will research that in that
moment. This way the information is fresh in my mind and will be truer on the
page. I did quite a bit of research for both books, though for Pretty Wicked my
research was watching documentaries, reading true crime accounts and studying
serial killers, especially children who kill, of which there are far more than
I ever anticipated. Because Wicked Fallout had a huge legal element, I
interviewed a Colorado Prosecutor as well as a woman who worked with children
who had committed violent crimes and were incarcerated. I am a Canadian and our
legal system is quite a bit different so it was important for me to represent
American prison and legal areas as realistically as possible while still allowing
for the magic of fiction.
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
I can write
everywhere and do—from cafes to my home office or sitting on the couch or the
couch of another writing friend. As long as I have my laptop I can create, and
if I don’t, I often carry a notebook with me to write plot or character points.
I’m a horrible plotter, but try to prepare some of my scenes ahead so I’m not
flailing and wasting time, which unfortunately still happens on occasion.
What authors do you enjoy reading within
or outside of your genre?
There are
many. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, Maggie Stiefvater, Jenny Han, Gillian
Flynn and JK Rowling, among others. It’s difficult to narrow down the list.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
I love
connecting with readers and can be found at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Thank you for coming back to Reviews and

Thank you so
much. It was a pleasure!

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