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If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of ten novels–including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke–and several novellas and short stories. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

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Kelly Jensen All of my characters come back to visit me from time to time, which is why I so often write extra stories for them. Two characters visit more often th…moreAll of my characters come back to visit me from time to time, which is why I so often write extra stories for them. Two characters visit more often than the rest, though, and they are Max from BLOCK AND STRIKE and Brian from CHASING FOREVER.

I think Max visits because I've often thought his story (his and Jake's story) is unfinished. He's still quite young at the end of the book (barely 22) and he and Jake have a lot of living and loving yet to do before they get settled. Also, Max is a character I wanted to write for a long time before I did so. He also has a lot of personal stuff going on inside his head and life that was stuff that I had going on inside my head. He's probably one of my most personal characters.

Brian visits because that's just who he is. He inserts himself into people's lives and becomes a fixture. He's brash, annoying, loves himself a bit too much - and somewhat insecure, totally sweet on the inside, and unpredictably loveable. I'd never written anyone like him when I decided that Brian needed a book, and I don't know if I'll ever write another character like him again. He's unique in my now broad cast of characters. And his story is heavier and perhaps more tragic than the others, so I like to keep him close. <3

Speaking of heavy and tragic stories, Felix (CHAOS STATION) used to visit me a lot, but he and Zed had such a solid happy ever after that he's pretty settled in my mind these days!

Thanks so much for the question! I'm glad you enjoy my characters. Ultimately, they're who I write these stories for. (less)
Kelly Jensen My stories always start with my characters - where they want to go and what they need to do. I'll sometimes have an idea of the sort of story I want t…moreMy stories always start with my characters - where they want to go and what they need to do. I'll sometimes have an idea of the sort of story I want to tell, but it's when I start populating my worlds - whether they are airless planets in alternate universes or simply the town next door - that the plot begins to take shape. It's always about what my characters need. My settings are designed to support their stories.

I have several ideas I'd like to explore next, ranging from contemporary to fantasy to science fiction - and even a couple of complete departures from what I usually write. I'm waiting for the loudest voice to capture my attention, then I'll start asking that voice what they really want, and so a new story will begin. In the meantime, I'm plotting an epilogue novella to the THIS TIME FOREVER series. It will be set on the day of Frank and Tom's wedding, and everyone is in attendance. Well, everyone except Tom. As Frank searches the newly renovated Bossen Hill resort looking for him, we'll visit with Mal, Brian, Simon, & Charlie.

Thanks so much for the question!(less)
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“These were the best moments. The kisses that just happened—that could only happen with Zed, the only man he felt fully comfortable with. Kisses were intimate and personal. They were promises without words. And, really, who needed words? Felix’s tongue never got him into trouble when he was kissing.”
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“I—” Fear paralyzed his tongue. His shoulders stiffened again. Conversely, his knees wobbled. It was too soon, too late. Not the right time...would he ever find the right time? Zed pulled him closer, so close they touched all the way down. Warm arms gathered him close. “Shh,” he whispered against Felix’s temple. “It’s okay. I know.”
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message 14: by Mel

Mel Mel, your user name makes me laugh. :)

Oh gosh, I'm baaaad. I get everyone into reading with me and then I dnf the book. Poor Fenriz and Iben had the luck of being my latest victims :D


message 13: by Kelly

Kelly Mel - abandoner of all buddy reads wrote: "Hey Kelly! Thanks for accepting <3"

<3


message 12: by Mel

Mel Hey Kelly! Thanks for accepting <3


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Kelly Aleksandr wrote: "Hi Kelly - thanks for friending me! :)"

I've been really enjoying your books. :)


Aleksandr Voinov Hi Kelly - thanks for friending me! :)


message 9: by Kelly

Kelly Jay wrote: "Hey Kelly! Thanks for the friend add and for getting swept up in my books. Sorry if there were any ugly cries. I'm willing to pay dry cleaning bills if things got messy. :)"

Many, many ugly cries, even when happy things happened. I finished Something Like Spring last night. I loved the ending! Just perfect. I'm still weeping over book 3, though. And all the other sad parts of the series. And the sweet parts. You know how it goes.

I have a request for a story as you to continue write these guys: Nathaniel. (I say this knowing such a story would include Marcello!)

Thanks for the note. :)


message 8: by Jay

Jay Bell Hey Kelly! Thanks for the friend add and for getting swept up in my books. Sorry if there were any ugly cries. I'm willing to pay dry cleaning bills if things got messy. :)


message 7: by Kelly

Kelly Tabitha the Pabkins wrote: "My sister Jensen! haha - how can you hate SPAM? You heathen you...bet you'd love it if I made it! RE: your Phoenix comment: psssst I have a phoenix tattoo! In a most strategic place! *evil laughter*"

Awesome... on the tattoo. Not about the spam. My tattoos are all real creatures. A panther, a turtle and a sword and shield which isn't a creature at all. But it does kinda look like an eagle with wings furled. Sometimes. A phoenix would make an great tattoo!


message 6: by Kelly

Kelly Nancy wrote: "Hey Sisi, I love your new avatar!

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Thanks Nancy. As you can tell, I love cats. This is Jiji from Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service. It's a cute, cute film.


message 5: by Nancy

Nancy Hey Sisi, I love your new avatar!




message 4: by Kelly

Kelly Hey Barb! I'm still trying to catch folks from Beyond Reality - its a little harder to follow the conversation here, I keep getting distracted!


message 3: by Barb

Barb Hi Sisimka,

Thanks for the add. I look forward to watching your book list and reading your reviews.


message 2: by Kelly

Kelly Stefan wrote: "Hey Sisi, welcome! Hope you like it here --- let me know if you need help exporting/importing."

I'm out in the garden doing the spring thing and every time I come in, another few books have been added. We'll see how it progresses!


Stefan Hey Sisi, welcome! Hope you like it here --- let me know if you need help exporting/importing.


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