Hi! I’m Kellyn Roth, the author of this blog. I hope you enjoyed it, are enjoying it, and will continue to enjoy it in the future!
A few things about me that you ought to know before you start reading my blog posts … first, I’m a writer. I generally pen historical fiction, sometimes with Christian themes and always from a Christian worldview.
I live on a ranch in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with my parents, two little brothers, cat (named Sparrow for her flightiness, though she’s also my loyal reading companion), faithful border collies (sweet, girl’s-best-friend Gidget and adorable, ridiculous Riley), and assorted cows and chickens. I have two big sisters who are married and moved away with kids of their own (one is an author, too, actually!) and a big brother who is in the US Navy.
I’m a Christian, an American, a country girl, a homeschooler, and a Conservative Republican. I love nature, especially animals which were so beautifully made by God, history, good books, entertaining movies (or TV shows), competitive sports (but not watching them), and, of course, writing.
In September 2015, I began Reveries. Since then, I have learned and accomplished so much. However, my writing journey began when I was only about seven years old.
I remember carefully penning my first non-school story, Kicky the Dolphin, around that age. It was the story of a Dolphin named Kicky (oh, you guessed that? You’re so insightful …) who got lost from his ‘pack.’ Eventually he found his family, which included his mother, his father, his sisters and brothers, and his helping-get-first-breath-of-air-mother (I assume I thought this was like a dolphin midwife? I’m frankly not sure). It’s was a very short story, carefully illustrated, and I still have it today.
Around that time, I began writing poems. I have a whole notebook full of verses such as this one:
The sun comes up to make it bright
It gives an awful lot of light
It goes down every day
To every young child’s dismay.
The moon is up, the sun is down.
It is dark all over town.
I’m still writing poetry, though I like to think I’ve improved a lot since I was seven.
After Kicky the Dolphin came Mat the Shark, The Rainy Day, The Dog and His Boy (inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy), several stories about girls who had horses, and finally, when I was almost eleven, in 2012, Midnight and Twilight. This 9,000 word story of two wild Mustangs battling in Nevada was the longest “book” I’d ever written, and I was so proud.
After Midnight and Twilight, I took a leap … and wrote my first book that wasn’t about animals. I never really named it (I called it “Untitled Work 3” because I didn’t want to admit that I only had one untitled work).
It was a romance (inspired strongly by A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter, which I read that summer for the first time) about a college-bound girl named Gretchen Strauss, her secret crush Alan Tappet, her adopted sister Ruby Farjon, and Colin Clamstock the handsome city boy who attempts to steal her heart away. I placed it in the year 1910 and included automobiles and old-fashioned dresses.
The story got ditched, needless to say, but the character remained in one form or another, and I still have plans to write a series of novels about them.
After this came a complicated series of novels about these characters. The Heirs of the Trunk was the sequel to Untitled Novel 2. I’m actually kind of proud of it. For twelve-year-old with no formal writing instruction, it was impressive.
From The Heirs of the Trunk, I came up with a complicated series of novels involving the parents, aunts, uncles, and all other relations of the characters. From this world eventually came The Sapphire of the Seine, about Gretchen’s parents … and from this, the story of Gretchen’s mother’s childhood, The Lady of the Vineyard (which I eventually wrote as a totally different story) … and from this The Dressmaker’s Secret.
Since I wrote The Dressmaker’s Secret in 2014 for National Novel Writing Month, my life has changed in big ways. When I published it in 2016, I decided I wanted to be a writer for the rest of my life … and I intend to be!
My three favorite movies of all time are Gone with the Wind with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Vertigo with James Stewart and Kim Novak, and Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. But I love so many others. I will basically fall in love with any well-done movie. I especially love old ones made back in the ’30s, ’40s, or ’50s. I also enjoy a lot of different TV shows. I admit I’m more drawn to period pieces and silly cartoons than anything else.
My favorite authors are Gene Stratton Porter, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Jules Verne, L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Mitchell, Maud Hart Lovelace, C.S. Lewis, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Collins, Claire L. Bergland, Julie Andrews Edwards, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tamera Alexander, Carrie Turansky, Julie Klassen, Sarah Sundin, Jesseca Wheaton, and Ivy Rose.
My hobbies include playing competitive sports (primarily soccer and basketball), participating in a concert band as a clarinetist, singing, listening to a wide variety of music, trying to convince my cat that I’m not evil (she has mood swings … we both do, actually …), talking to my dogs (border collies are the best listeners – for short periods of time – and they love hanging out with you while you do work around the yard), organizing everything (oh, hush), and pretending to play the guitar (I have no idea what I’m doing).