A Few of my Favorite Things about Writing

Thank you so much, LASR, for having me here today! I’m looking forward to talking with your readers!

I am so glad you asked me to talk about my favorite things about writing. I’ll get in to some of my challenges as well, but first, I’ll start with my favorite thing of all: building worlds. In order for me to write, I have to be in the scene. Be a part of the world. And so I have to work out the details, large and small, to make the world real for me. And hopefully, to make it come alive for the reader, as well. I love working out the magic and its rules. I love creating the characters that would result from this world, and starting them on their path to discovery. I love creating a place of wonder, and experiencing it as I write.

And therein lies my challenges. I have to make sure the world can reasonably exist. (For example, if I create enormous meat-eating monsters, I have to have a food source.) With magic, I can pretty much create what I want, but there has to be rules, and I have to stick to those rules when writing if I want to hold on to my belief. There has to be limits to the magic, and a cost, and it cannot be all-powerful, because then the conflict within the story would be moot. (If the hero can wave a magic wand and win the battle, what’s the point in having it in the first place?) For my characters, it’s easy to create their personalities, but not so easy to control their decisions. Although their basic values stay the same, they have the darndest way of evolving and changing and completely altering the path I set them on.

In The Lady of the Storm, my heroine, Lady Cecily, and my hero, Giles Beaumont, travel through an England altered by elven enchantments. I wove the magic of the world within the natural landscape to keep it believable, and one challenge I can remember is researching the geology of parts of England in order to create the crystal mountains of Stonehame. (I discovered that quartz is the most common stone in England…and around the world.)

I had different levels of power, based on how much elven blood a human inherited, whether the scepters were involved (tools of power the elven lords used), and natural gifts that my half-breeds inherited. I used notes to keep it all straight, but even then, I made some inconsistencies that required some rewriting.

Giles was cursed with an enchanted sword, and is a bit vain, a bit arrogant. I had no idea his vanity would set him on a course to get cursed once again. Lady Cecily wants nothing more than to be an ordinary human living a peaceful life. I knew I would set her on a path that would challenge her courage, but I didn’t realize she would find a way to not only accept a life of adventure, but to embrace it as well.

Do you find that the things you love the most often create the biggest challenges for you? I would love to hear your thoughts!

My Magical Best,


Giles is bound to protect her

In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.

But duty soon turns to desire

When Cecily’s father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily’s father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever…

“Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Kennedy’s exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read.”

—Booklist Starred Review


Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, The Lord of Illusion (February 2012).

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