Kellie Doherty is a queer science fiction and fantasy author living in Eagle River, Alaska. Her work has been published by Desert Palm Press, Queer Sci Fi, and Pathos Literary Magazine, among others. She currently works full time as an office assistant and part time as a freelance editor. In her (mostly non-existent) spare time, she likes to read, play games, and watch way too much YouTube.
Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties– Recently released on March 27th!
Losing Hold (Cicatrix Duology book 2)- Published April 2017
Finding Hekate ( Cicatrix Duology book 1)- April 2016
You can purchase all three books at Desert Palm Press here!
What inspired you to write Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties?
Well that’s a little bit of a story,
actually! I got the idea for my fantasy series back when I was teenager. I
thought it would be fun to have four distinct main characters each with their
own stories, their own failures and triumphs, and then have them come together
at the end. I started with Sunkissed
Feathers & Severed Ties because Misti, my main character, was the first
of the four characters to really stand out to me. I knew her the best. I was
inspired by the type of magic she wields (though I call it crafting in my
world), and she has a really cute companion animal so that helped me, too. So
really, I was inspired by my main character to write her story first.
Is there anything you really want readers to know about your recently released novel, Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties?
I’d like readers to know that Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties is
the beginning of a new five-book fantasy series, where, while the story is
about Misti during her adventures you’ll also get to meet the other three main
characters of the upcoming books. The first four books will be standalones, but
you’d probably need to read one of the first four before reading the fifth. The
character arcs will be intertwined in some way (think: bumping into one of them
on the side of the road) but also unique, too.
Your previous two published novels are science fiction and your recently released novel is fantasy. Do you do any research before and/or during your writing process or is it all from your imagination?
Most of it is from my imagination,
but for my science fiction work I did research how certain technology would
work and what living on a spaceship would be like. (Oh, and if watching Firefly, Star Trek, and Stargate reruns counts as research then
I did a lot of that, too!) For my fantasy work I researched sword fighting vs.
dagger fighting styles, mythological creatures from various cultures, fun
plant-life, things like that. (I watched a bunch of Critical Role while writing my fantasy work, too, which helped!) I
also do research on various worldbuilding aspects—unique foods, interesting
fashions, cool settings—and sprinkle that into my writing, too.
As a queer author, how important is representation in books to you?
So, so, so important. I can’t stress that
enough! Diversity is a huge conversation happening in the publishing world
right now and I am thrilled that we’re finally talking about it—and doing
something about it! We need more diversity of all kinds—queer, POC, disabled
folk, etc.—in all areas of publishing, writing, marketing, social media,
design, etc. Representation is so important to readers, too, being able to see
yourself in the books you read. I didn’t get to see many queer main characters
in fantasy and science fiction works when I was growing up and even into the
beginnings of adulthood so being able to add positive representation is lovely.
It’s one of the reasons I write!
What other authors have inspired you?
Wow, there are so many awesome authors out there—V.E. Schwab, Becky Chambers, Tomi Adeyemi come to mind right now. The other authors at Desert Palm Press are constant sources of inspiration for me, and my friends who are yet-unpublished-but-are-amazing-writers are super motivating, too!
Want to Know More?
You can check out Kellie’s website here. She also has a twitter.