Author Spotlight – Kelly Risser

Today we’re introducing you to contributor and award winning Author Kelly Risser! She happens to be one of the nicest people ever as a bonus to her talents while putting pen to paper. And check out the opening to her story below… EEK! Love it! 

KellyRisserKelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and currently, eLearning instructional design.

When Kelly is not immersed in the middle of someone else’s fantasy world, she’s busy creating one of her own. Never Forgotten is her first complete series, which includes Never Forgotten, Current Impressions, Always Remembered, and Sea of Memories, a novella collection. Kelly is one of the authors of award-winning Fractured Glass and 7: The Seven Deadly Sins. She also has a short story in the Twists in Time anthology. You can visit her at


Please share information on any published or upcoming books.

Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten Series Book 1) is FREE!

“Risser keeps her focus on the little details of Meara’s everyday life, lending the book a nice, homey charm.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“NEVER FORGOTTEN is a sweet romance with a paranormal twist!” ~InD’Tale Magazine



Meara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there’s a secret being kept from her and knowing it’s a life-changer.

After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, she embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is… but what she is.


B3_HostileTakeOver-1Which Debut Collective anthology/anthologies will you be published in?

Hostile Takeover


 Share a brief teaser or logline for your story/stories.

Here’s the opening to my story, A Rose.

The worms writhed and tickled as they slowly crawled across her skin. Could she still call it that? Skin was supple. Skin was alive. Not hers, decaying flesh hung from her bones. The scent of rot stung her nose. Skin and worms were the least of her worries, however. After years of sleep, why was she awake?


Share an insight into your main character. What made you want to write a story from their perspective?

I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that I wrote that opening paragraph over a year ago. The words came to me, I wrote them down, and then I set them aside because it was the start to a horror story and I don’t write horror. Then, I saw the Debut Collective and the “hostile takeover” category, and that’s all I needed to get inspired and finish the story.


 What genre(s) do you write and what draws you to that genre?

I’ve written paranormal, fantasy, historical fiction and dystopian. With a few exceptions, my works have a strong romance element. What can I say? I’m a romantic at heart, and I believe in happily ever afters. Fantasy is my favorite genre to read, followed by romance. Blend the two, and I’m sold!


Describe a typical writing day, or is there such a thing for you? Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? Write in Scrivener, notebooks, or on cocktail napkins?

Nothing is typical in my world! I am a full-time instructional designer during the day, which means I do a lot of creative business writing to create online courses. There are days I come home and I am tapped out with nothing more to give to my muse. That’s okay. I don’t stress over it. For me, writing fiction is a joy, and if I try to turn it into another full-time job, I’ll burn out. I write when the mood strikes. If it doesn’t, I’m typically reading someone else’s book.


Are you a plotter (outline plot) or a pantser (prefer to run with an idea)?

I will occasionally plot. I do a lot of research, mostly online. But, ultimately, I am a pantser. I’ve already been surprised where the story goes, because I often don’t see where the characters want to take me until we’re on the journey there.


What book(s) are you currently reading or would you recommend?

I just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, because I’m a firm believer in reading the book before you see the movie. I just started Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor, and I can tell it’s going to be beautiful, but heartbreaking.


What is your favorite writing/reading related quote?

I’m a big fan of Anatole France quotes, and there is one in Never Forgotten. So, I will leave you with this one: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream. Not only plan, but also believe.” I have a journal with that quote on it.


Tell us 5 random facts about you:

  1.  My family owned a pizza restaurant, which they opened when I was twelve. I haven’t done it in a while, but I used to be able to handtoss pizza dough. I could also make a pizza super fast.
  2.  I have a tattoo just below my collarbone of the Irish Claddagh, which represents love, loyalty and friendship. When my son was a toddler, he used to point to it and say, “Froggy.”
  3.  I am a HUGE Disney and Harry Potter fan. Going to Orlando is the ultimate challenge – which park do I pick? In 2015, we went to Walk Disney World, and in August 2014, we went to Universal Studios.
  4.  I love making my own swag. I make bookmarks, necklaces, bracelets… you name it!
  5.  I have a candle addiction. I love the sight and smell of candles and tend to have too many burning at once. Luckily, I have an understanding husband.


Does music influence your writing? If so, can you share a song that inspired your Debut Collective anthology story?

Music absolutely influences my writing. I can’t give you any particular song, but I listened to a lot of Evanescence when I was writing A Rose.


What advice would you give to aspiring writers? How has participating in the collective and the anthology project inspired or pushed you creatively?

I find that I am more creative when I can brainstorm ideas and work with others, so my advice is to find your tribe. Find your people. Those you can trust to talk through story lines, read your work and give you HONEST feedback, and those who will cheer you on. Also, read a LOT. Not only to expand your world, but also to support other others.


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