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Creativity in Storytelling by Kelliea Ashley

Hello, I’m so thrilled to be invited to Savvy Authors. I’d like to talk today about creativity in storytelling. Last night I was sitting around my kitchen table with my Pathfinder friends(yes I’m a gaming nerd and love it!). They were discussing horror movies while I was busy trying to research my character’s spells. I heard one of them comment about a horror movie set in the woods. Another friend asked, ‘Oh, which one?’ The first friend laughed and said, ‘You know. The one in the woods with the cabin.’ Then they went off on how there are so many horror movies set in the woods with a cabin, teenagers, and a murdering lunatic. I realized they were completely right. I also realized I don’t want to be among the many who write to a set formula.

Set formulas in the romance genre consist of man meets woman, man wants woman, he gets the woman and they walk hand in hand off into the sunset on a beach in perfect weather. Have I mentioned that both characters are disgustingly healthy, skinny, and drop-dead gorgeous? How many couples do you know in real life who fit the mold? Exactly. They are out there, I know this. Still, do you want to read about them every time you pick up your tablet, Kindle, or paperback?

The problem lies in being unique in our writing. We can’t all write a version of Fifty Shades, Twilight, or Divergent. I wouldn’t want to. I want to write about the woman next door who likes her chocolate and wine night with the girls, the clumsy teacher who secretly has a crush on her nerdy principle, or the guy who has a burn scar on one arm from dragging a German shepherd from a burning building. Real people. They make the best characters because they bring a past into the story. A past that isn’t perfect, a body that might have a few battle scars or extra pounds to love, and a history to share with my readers.

So, give me that cabin in the woods and I’ll place in it a harried mother of three teenage boys. She’s fed up with talking to heads bowed over I phones. She wants to connect with her boys and maybe her last resort is that old cabin that leaks when it rains. Add a football player escaping to recover from a bad season and surgery in the next cabin and I’m ready to put my feet up in my favorite chair and see where they take me.

Thank you for having me here today. Here’s to stories and writers who break out of the mold and follow the unknown path of imagination over the well-trod road of formula fiction.


Tree-solo 250Kelliea Ashley lives near the Canadian Border in upstate New York with her husband, Josh, a cat named Copperkitty, a dog named Sammy, four fluffy bunnies. Also several fish, who do not have names and are very lucky her husband feeds them.

Kelliea grew up an only child with a devoted single mother. She looked at books as companions and writing as a favorite escape. She has always been a bookworm who steadfastly refused to give up her paperbacks until her loving hubby bought her a Kindle for Christmas. Secretly she still adores the smell of a well-read book, but sh…don’t tell her husband.

She has a habit in the form of chocolate and loves a glass of sweet red wine. Romance has always been her favorite genre because she sees the miracle and magic in finding ones’ true love. She has several romances published at Breathless Press. Kelliea can be contacted at Kelliea’s Quips Blog, on Twitter: @Kellieaashley and @AshleyKelliea, Facebook or email  [email protected]


whenthefurflies 267x400Allison Carver is a Witch fighting to survive a Vampire Elder’s lust for revenge, a High Priest’s evil plan, and an Alpha Wolf, whose touch she craves more than air. A cat has only so many lives…

Allison Carver is a Witch on a mission to save humanity from the two species of immortals who prey upon them. She finds herself in deep trouble when she steals the Vampire Elder’s intended bride and the blame for the abduction lands right at Alpha Reginald Leclair’s feet. A love bite from the big alpha lands Allison in more trouble when she suddenly finds herself mated to him. A Witch accused of abduction, mated to a Wolf, and the focus of a High Priest’s revenge, Allison can only pray she has enough cat lives left to get her through.

Wolven Alpha, Reginald Leclair didn’t intend on letting his pack members force him to take a mate, but when a sexy Witch stepped into his path for the second time, he couldn’t help appreciate the way an awkward teen turned into a siren. His Wolf didn’t care that the Witch turned into a Kitten with claws. A Kitten whose innate curiosity and knack for getting into trouble, just might be the straw that broke the Wolf’s back.

The Tri-Species Treaty is a set of rules and guidelines regulating the social interactions of the three main species of immortals. Survival of the three depends on keeping peace to co-exist in the shadows of humanity. All possible conflicts were covered with contingency plans to keep order. All but one. The idea of interspecies mating wasn’t so much ignored by the writers, but seemed unfathomable. In a world where immortals are bound by the Tri-Species Treaty, there is little hope for a happy ending between a Wolven and a Witch, unless the Sisters of Fate take a stand.

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