Jan 10, 2013

Dishin' It Up with fantasy author, @Kelbian_Noel


I’d like to welcome author, Kelbian Noel, to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

Thanks for having me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I was eleven when I decided I wanted to write books. I read A LOT. My mom used to sell books and I found myself taken with historical romances. But the thing that always stood out to me is that the characters were very monochromatic :) There was no one that looked like me. I decided that I would write my own historical romance. At the time, I thought I’d be the youngest author in history. But I got distracted by eleven-year-old life. I still have the book (written on looseleaf paper in red pen), provided it needs quite a bit of work to be readable now…lol But who knows? Maybe one day the world will see it.

When did you write your first book?
My first completed book was about Werewolves. I got the idea for it in a dream in 2005, but I didn’t write it until 2009. It was never published, I felt the market, at that time, was oversaturated with that type of story. But I loved it so much I changed the plot a little. Now it’s about aliens. I’m not sure where it’s going…if anywhere at all :P

Tell us a little about your urban fantasy novel, Roots. There are a lot of YA novels out about witches. What made you in particular decide to go the Wiccan route?
It all comes down to religion. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I LOVE to debate religion. I grew up in a very strict religious household and as I got older began to form my own opinions on the subject. I wondered about my family’s beliefs and realized I didn’t genuinely share them. Roots is written from that perspective.

The main character struggles with her family’s beliefs and isn’t all that fond of them. For her, Wicca has always just been a way of life. She isn’t just a witch with magical powers, she’s part of a long line of devout Wiccans. Wicca isn’t just something she stumbles on, it’s who she is. While there are fantastical elements in this book, I wanted to step away from the idea that witches are supernatural beings.

I love the name Baltimore Land. Sum the main character Baltimore up in three words.
Stubborn. Clueless. Loyal.

What do you like best about writing fantasy?
You can literally just make ish up…lol. Sometimes I’ll be writing a scene and think to myself “This is so ridiculous and unrealistic”. Then I remind myself “Well, it’s fantasy. Once you mix it with a little reality, it’ll work itself out.”

What is your writing schedule like?
It’s pretty strict. I have two kids—four and eleven. So, I have to actually put my writing on a schedule instead of writing when the mood strikes. So it’s usually Monday to Friday between the hours of 1 and 3, when my son is in Kindergarten or 9 and 12 after the kids go to bed. I try to keep it healthy and not stay up past midnight, but if I’m in the zone, that doesn’t always work.

Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
Yes and no. I write more when it’s quiet because there is no distraction. But on the weekend, I’ll sometimes sneak a few hours in. It’s never quiet on the weekend. They’ll pop their heads in and out but, at this point if I’m typing vigorously, they know I’m writing so they don’t bother me.

Sometimes I listen to music, but mostly when editing, not creating.

Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Octavia E. Butler (Kindred)
Annette Curtis Klause (Blood and Chocolate)
R.L. Stine (Anything from the Fear Street series)

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
I love it when readers recognize the time I put into my writing or compliment me on how thorough I’ve been. Even if they don’t like the book, I’m always appreciative of the comments that point out how hard I worked on it. I don’t rush to publish. Ever. I think every reader should have a decent experience. So even though I don’t have a professional team backing me, I want my work to appear as professional as possible. And I do my best. So when people notice, it’s like a five star review!

Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: You need a day off, so you decide to send the kids off to Narnia. How do you get them there? Fill in the blank: The Lion, the Witch, and the ???
Lol…I think I’ll base this one on my own childhood fantasy. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to dig to China. My kids love to dig as well. You should see our yard! I try to keep them to one area though :P

So I’d say The Lion, the Witch, and the Hole in the Yard

LOVE that answer!

Now for the Quickie...
eBooks or Paperbacks? Paperbacks
Airplanes or Cars? Airplanes
Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolves
Cheetos or Doritos? Cheetos (Remember Paws? I can’t find them anywhere now!)
(I do remember these! Dee-lish!)
Kindle or Nook? Kobo…:P
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Music or Movies? Music

Thanks Kelbian!
Connect with Kelbian on her WebsiteTwitterFacebook – Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Baltimore Land just wants to be normal, but magic has other plans.

I don’t consider myself a witch, that's my parents' thing. I've never really believed in magic either. Sure, I tried it a few times. Fell for the whole “magic happens” thing. But it didn’t happen to me. No amount of rhyming stopped my parents from moving me halfway across the country. Not one spell stopped me from being labeled the town freak.

And worst of all, no matter how many times I begged the Universe to bring my twin back, I was ignored. Until now.

He’s back all right. And in a magical bind of his own. Not the magic-won’t-work-for-me kind either. In fact, it’s working a little too well. Too dark. Too deep.

It turns out our entire family’s magical roots run just as deep and my brother didn’t end up where he is by accident. So I’m going to help him. But magic isn’t really on my side. Nope. Once I finally get the craft under control, I’m expected to abandon the one person in the world who’s closest to me, just to save myself...

Review of Roots coming soon.


  1. Hey Deejay! Thanks so much for letting me hang out on your corner ;) I absolutely LOVED these questions! Best. Interview. Ever! :D

    1. Thank YOU for stopping through! It was great.


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