Tour Stop: “Hushed” by Kelley York {Interview}!

Welcome to my stop on the “Hushed” blog tour! I absolutely loved this book, it’s one of the best of 2011. I’m thrilled to be able to post an interview with Kelley as part of my stop.


*Where did the idea for Hushed come from?*

I’m very character-oriented, which means the concept for Archer came first. Followed by Vivian, then Evan. (Marissa was an accidental character. She popped up as I wrote, so I used her to my advantage.) With my three central characters, I was able to build the plot around them.

*What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing Hushed?*

I really, really wanted the murders to be realistic. I researched a lot on suicide, the effects of pills, carbon monoxide poisoning, what bodies look like after x-number of days/weeks under certain conditions… The idea that Archer is getting away with murder requires some suspended belief, doesn’t it? So I wanted to make sure everything surrounding that was as realistic as possible.

*What was your writing process like? Did you outline the novel beforehand?*

I’m a combination of a pantser and a plotter. I didn’t outline anything in HUSHED until halfway through. Then, I stopped, went back through what I’d written and made note of every plot thread I’d created. My outline took all those threads and tied them up. I’m fond of this method of writing; it gives me both freedom of not feeling confined by an outline, but gives me direction in the last half of the book.

*Have you always wanted to be a writer?*

I never thought about it. Growing up, writing was something I did for fun, art was something I actually did to make some extra cash. Admittedly, I was terrified to involve myself in the writing community at first. A lot of the writers I encountered had been doing it their wholes lives and had ten, fifteen, twenty books under their belt! I felt sort of weird coming in and saying, “Hey, I’ve been doing this for a few years!” I’ve learned, though, that being an author has zilch to do with how long you’ve been writing, just that you’re passionate about what you do.

*What advice would you give to aspiring authors?*

Keep learning! The best writers, I find, are the ones who never grow complacent with their work and think it’s “good enough.” The best writers are always struggling to find ways to make their work better and better.

You can find my review of “Hushed” over here.

‘Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my
seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was
unputdownable!!!’ — YA Fantasy Guide —

Author Bio:

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

Kelley’s website:

Hushed – Synopsis:

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another – Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants…And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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Thank you to Stacey at Entangled Publishing for offering me the chance to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic book. And a *big* thank you to Kelley for taking the time to answer my questions! Make sure to pick up “Hushed” if you haven’t already.


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