Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview with Kelly Beltz, author of Beyond the Stars

Today we have a special guest, author Kelly Beltz for an interview. I reviewed Kelly's first book Beyond the Stars: Kataria earlier this week (click the link to read my thoughts).

Welcome to the blog! It’s so nice to have you here today.

Thank you for having me.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a mom of two girls, two dogs, a wife, a nurse anesthetist, and started writing because I love it. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I usually read as I watch television so I can finish all the books I want to read. I also like to knit, paint, and take long walks with my dogs and family, even when it’s cold. You should see my selection of hats!

What inspired you to write your story?

The books are inspired by the Space race happening today. I even got permission to use the Space Island Group, a real company working on future Space tourism, as my protagonist’s employer. I wanted the story to seem as realistic as possible so the reader could image themselves traveling into Space and discovering the secret alien alliance as Samantha does.    

How did you come up with the title?

In Beyond the Stars: Kataria, I didn’t have a title until my heroine’s love interest, Gaelan, confides in her that his planet is “just beyond those stars”. It was at that moment, I fell in love with him and the possibility of a world similar to ours in our very own galaxy, hence the title.  

What is the best writing advice you can give?

Love what you write because you will spend a lot of time re-living the material in your head.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I like stories that are paranormal or sci-fi because they not only take you into another reality, they usually incorporate some mystery and romance in them as well. Sci-fi seems to create natural conflict because it coincides with science and technology, where there’s always a risk of danger or misuse. It also enables you to push the limits to what your characters can do. Now that’s fun!

What gives your book an edge? What about the story is going to have the reader on the edge of his/her seat?

I think it’s easy to identify with Samantha. Who wouldn’t have anxiety about leaving the Earth, be worried they’d never return, and be terrified of bad aliens?

Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

If you count tugging on my puffy comforter that straightens with one pull, then yes. 
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?

A hot man with survivor instincts who adores me, a water purifier and a solar powered radio.

Your favourite episode of your favourite tv show?

My all time favorite shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Who and Star Trek.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Pasta. I practically live on it!

Thank you, Kelly! Find out more about her books below:

About Kelly's Books:

Beyond the Stars: Kataria:  In the not so distant future, where Samantha, a physicist working for the Space Island Group (SIG), a cutting edge company that is making the commercial development of Space tourism a reality. Although she is passionate about her work, she never shared her colleagues’ dreams of traveling into Space. But after a series of unexpected events, she reluctantly travels to the Space resort to aid in its completion. It is there she uncovers SIG’s secret alliance with an alien race. After she becomes an unwitting passenger on the alien’s starship, Samantha embarks on an extraordinary voyage across the galaxy. Along the way, she discovers new lands, faces danger, forms new friendships and above all, falls in love with the man of her dreams. The adventure gives her a new appreciation for her own perseverance, as well as the universal language of humanity that exists far beyond the confines of Earth.

Buy it on Amazon in Kindle or Paperback formats or at  Barnes & Noble

Or you can add it to your Goodreads list.

Beyond the Stars: Ineo:  In this exciting sequel to Beyond the Stars: Kataria, Samantha discovers her return to Earth will have to wait after she learns that a friend’s daughter has been taken by the Katarian’s enemy: the Dreons. With a broken treaty and the risk of war, Samantha joins her love Gaelan and the crew in a desperate pursuit of the Dreon ship before it’s too late. But the chase isn’t the only problem for Samantha. She privately worries she is losing her mind after an ancient celestial being known as an Ineo chooses to take refuge inside her. Although the Ineo gives Samantha new skills, she struggles with utilizing and controlling them. She considers it to be more of a burden than a blessing, especially after her secret is revealed to dark forces in the galaxy. Then, possessing the hot commodity threatens to take her life and the ones she loves. Samantha not only fears she will never get home, but that she will lose everything.

Buy it on Amazon in Kindle or Paperback formats or at  Barnes & Noble

Or you can add it to your Goodreads list.

Author Bio:

Kelly Beltz has a master’s degree in science with a concentration in nurse anesthesia from La Roche College, where she has taught in the anesthesia program. She is an entrepreneur and holds one US patent for the knitting accessory, Knit Klips.  Beyond the Stars: Kataria was awarded First Place in the science fiction category for the 2010 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was a finalist in the science fiction category for the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards and 2010 International Book Awards. Kelly currently works as a nurse anesthetist while pursuing her lifelong dream of writing. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters and two adorable Shetland sheepdogs.

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