Interview Roulette: Kelly Haworth

Today is Kelly Haworth’s turn to play!

  1. Describe one of your characters’ dream vehicles.

Ooooh. So Riese is one of those guys who likes to pretend he’s a bad boy when he’s really not. All bark and no bite, you know. His favorite vehicle (which he does actually own but only because he’s trying to maintain that bad boy look) is an emerald green Yamaha motorcycle. With matching helmet. Why green? Cause it matches his eyes. *rolls eyes*

  1. Which house did the sorting hat put you in?

I love harry potter as much as the next guy but for some reason I’ve never really cared about what house I would be in? I think I’ve been sorted into Gryphondor and Ravenclaw depending on the test and I just don’t really feel a connection to any of it. *shrug* Now if you were to ask me what kind of bending I would have (from Avatar the Last Airbender) I would be like AAAGGGHHH I WANT TO SAY FIRE BUT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE WATER NOOOOOO ^_^

  1. If you could go back in time and change something in your life, what would it be?

This is such a hard question because I feel like any mistakes or inconveniences I have made have helped shape who I am today. But I think it would be to go back in time to me as a teenager, thinking that I was a boy in a girl’s body because I had no other way to describe how I felt, and explain to past-me what being transgender is. It may have changed my whole future, and who knows if I would still have ended up with my husband and have my two children. But I do still wish I would have known. That way I wouldn’t have pushed the feelings away for almost a decade and maybe would have figured out my identity sooner.

  1. You are permitted to place ONE ITEM in a time capsule chest to be buried and unearthed 100 years from now. What would it be, and why?

A diary.  I’m not saying specifically mine or anything, but just a really thorough diary describing modern life. I feel like it is really hard to picture in detail how a person lived a hundred years ago—like, we could say a teen in 1918 was dealing with WW1, but how was school? What did they do for fun and entertainment? What was common knowledge and what wasn’t? I think a diary would be a really precious gift to that future generation, a unique peak into what was.

  1. Somebody gives you $10,000 with the provision that you can’t save it and you can’t spend it on anything altruistic or practical. What do you do?

Down payment on a new car. Because excuse me but a brand-new car isn’t practical at all.  What car you ask?  I guess a Tesla is out because that’s too much on the practical side? That’s too bad. I guess I’ll go for *my* dream vehicle—a blue corvette.

  1. If you were a shapeshifter, what shape would you most likely shift into?

Okay my aforementioned Riese in question 1? He’s a shapeshifter. So I’ve thought about this question way too much and have an immediate answer: a man, specifically a cis-male body. Assuming of course I would be able to shift back. But yeah, I want to know what it’s like and experience first-hand the differences in the way they’re treated and the things they can do that I can’t. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. LOL!

  1. Black licorice—yay or nay?

UUUUGGGHHHH *throws up* yeah that’s gonna be a nay from me.

  1. What is your theme song?

This is so hard for me because I used to be so incredibly passionate for music and lately I haven’t been able to concentrate on music at all. So, current theme song is a big huge shrug or maybe kid’s music (thank you toddlers). The most recent song I could call a theme song would be Muse’s “Madness.” Despite some negative themes, the song is really inspiring to me and my romances. I think it may be the theme song to my entire Under the Empire series.

  1. What is your least favorite writing trope, cliché, or character archetype, and why?

Well, if this isn’t the most loaded question ever. Or maybe I spend too much time on twitter.  I don’t have a definitive answer for this, but I could mention a few ones that irk me. Gay For You has its place, and that place is the character realizing they are bisexual and living happily ever after. I really don’t get the allure of billionaire stories. Mpreg is definitely not for me, and likewise I don’t understand alpha/beta/omega/knotting at all. For those of you reading this who love those tropes, that’s totally okay! I’m happy you love them and encourage you to. 🙂

  1. Name a guilty pleasure you indulge in.

Watching cartoons. I think all my favorite TV shows are cartoons—Steven Universe, Legend of Korra, Avatar the Last Airbender. They are just such delightful shows full of depth, diversity and brilliant storytelling. They just give me so much joy and inspiration.


Book blurb:  Read My Mind

Scott Kensington lives happily without magic; prayer is all he needs to worship the gods. Then he starts his studies at the University of Frannesburg, and not only is he suddenly surrounded by eccentrics—those gifted with magic—but his own latent ability begins to surface, with consequences that could tear his soul and family apart.

Nick Barns is grieving for his lost mother and desperate for distraction—usually in the form of limited-edition action figures. As a telekinetic, he’s no stranger to magic, so he offers to help Scott adjust to his new powers. They quickly learn how their magics interact, their shared passions soon growing beyond superheroes and immortals. But Nick’s not taking his studies seriously, and his father threatens to pull him from the university. Overwhelmed by his own crumbling family, Scott’s convinced he can’t handle a relationship, but he doesn’t want to let Nick go.

With grief, guilt, and magic complicating everything between Nick and Scott, it seems that not even the gods—or a new comic book—can save their relationship now. Sometimes, even reading someone’s mind won’t help you understand what they want.

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Author bio:

Kelly Haworth grew up in San Francisco and has been reading science fiction and fantasy classics since she was a kid. She has way too active an imagination, thus she channels it into writing. Kelly is genderfluid and pansexual, and loves to write LGBTQIA characters into her work. In fact, she doesn’t know if she’s ever going to be able to write an allo-cishet couple again. Kelly has degrees in both genetics and psychology, and works as a project manager at a genetics lab. When not working or writing, she can be found wrangling her two toddlers, working on cosplay, or curled up on the couch with a good TV show or book.

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