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 posts. First (and probably most importantly, as this is kinda why I started my blog), I’m a writer. I generally pen historical fiction, but I’ve been known to dabble about, like many Indie authors tend to.
I live on a ranch in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with my parents, two little brothers, cat (Sparrow, my loyal reading companion), faithful border collies (girl’s-best-friend Gidget and ridiculous Riley), and assorted cows and chickens.
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 January 2016, I published my first book. Since then, I’ve really started taking my authoring seriously. However, my writing journey began when I was only about seven years old.
I remember carefully penning my first story, Kicky the Dolphin, around that age. It was the story of a young dolphin (who knew?) who got lost from his ‘pack.’ Eventually Kicky found his family, which included his helping-get-first-breath-of-air-mother (I can only assume I thought this was some sort of a dolphin midwife).
Around that time, I began writing poems. I have a notebook full of rhymes. I’m still writing poetry, though I like to think I’ve improved a lot since I was seven.
After Kicky the Dolphin came several stories about orphans who had dogs and girls who had horses. Finally, 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 a very proud eleven-year-old.
After Midnight and Twilight, I wrote my first story that didn’t involve 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 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 attempted 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 characters 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 Work 3.” I’m actually kind of proud of it. For twelve-year-old with no formal writing instruction, it was impressive…ish.
After about a year scribbling down ideas for a story about essentially every character existing or mentions in Heirs, I decided to start with a story about Gretchen’s mother, The Dressmaker’s Secret.
Since I wrote TDS 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 still intend to be.
To find out more about me, follow my blog (see the sidebar) or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found on my website, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, and several other social media sites.
Interested in receiving less frequent updates? Subscribe to my newsletter here!