I’m very pleased to welcome Kel O’Connor to Linda’s Book Bag today. Kel’s novel Broken Bits is book one of the DAG Team Series and is available in e-book here. Kel has kindly agreed to be interviewed about her writing and Broken Bits in particular.
Kit Foster thought a week in the woods would be the perfect way to recover from the family scandal that shattered her world. No reporters, no gossip and no drama. Then a helicopter dumps an injured man in her path.
Mick Harris is having a bad day. It was bad enough that he botched an op, but then he awakes beaten and left for dead in the middle of a forest. He is lucky to be alive, but now he is at the mercy of Kit- the only person who knows the route home.
During the time it takes to hike back to civilization, Kit and Mick become friends and explore their growing attraction. While the way out is hampered by bad memories and an assassin, they manage to grow close enough to attempt a real relationship.
However, that bliss is short-lived when Mick’s job again threatens Kit’s life and destroys their happiness. Can a second chance bring them back together?
An Interview with Kel O’Connor
Hi Kel, thanks for being on Linda’s Book Bag. Firstly, please could you tell me a little about yourself?
My husband and I have 2 teenagers and 2 cats. I am addicted to coffee and peanuts. I love anything that will make me laugh- friends, cartoons, comedians, movies, whatever… I love it so much we once owned a humor store.
I know you’re a former bookseller. How did you make the transition into being a writer too?
The writing came first. The bookselling career was a natural choice for me since I loved reading.
I know you enjoy cross-stitch. Do you see any parallels between the patterns in cross-stitch and in plotting a novel?
For me, writing is the opposite. I start with a loose outline and then write out scenes as they come to me. When I have a handful of scenes, I go back and fill in the story. With cross-stitch, I love knowing how it will turn out before I even start.
Other than a cross-stitcher, if you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet?
I sew and I used to dabble in calligraphy. Would love to learn to knit someday.
How do you go about researching detail and ensuring your writing is realistic?
I love researching a new idea! Google is my best friend and I could spend days down different rabbit holes there. I am also a voracious reader. When I read thrillers or suspense, I love learning new things while I am being entertained.
(I think we can all disappear into Google, Kel!)
Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
Writing the original scenes is easy for me. Revisions are agony!
What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
My favorite spots to write are sitting in bed or in a recliner. Before I start, I do listen to whatever song(s) I feel work for the scene I am about to write. I love to write in the morning, but end up doing it whenever I can squeeze it in.
Do you have other interests that give you ideas for writing?
I love action movies! But sometimes ideas just come to me at the craziest times.
Broken Bits has a very atmospheric cover. It made me think of obfuscation and the search for the truth. How did that image come about and what were you hoping to convey (without spoiling the plot please!)?
The cover designer and I were looking for wilderness pictures. She found the guy right off and then tried him against different tree landscapes. I loved the way all the blues blended together. Mick and Kit are stuck together miles from civilization. I think it would be spooky to be in that situation with a stranger.
Broken Bits is the first in the DAG (Data Acquisitions Group) team series. How easy or difficult is it to set up a new series in the first book?
The series idea came from my editor. I realized that a 20-year old story idea would fit perfectly with Broken Bits. So I went back and fleshed out the other agents.
Which of the DAG team you’ve created is most like you and why do you think this?
Probably Peter, one of the founders. I’m a boring manager in real life. Peter keeps the business running and makes the agents fall in line. I wish I could say it was math-whiz Mick or martial-arts Amy, but no. However, Peter has some interesting secrets that will come out in later books!
If Broken Bits became a film, who would you like to play Kit and why would you choose them?
In my head, Kit looked like Hayley Atwell with darker eyes and short curly hair. Plus, I think Hayley is a great actress and well-suited to play sassy Kit.
If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that Broken Bits should be their next read, what would you say?
How about 12 words? Two damaged people find themselves and fall in love while dodging assassins.
Oh – even better!
About Kel O’Connor
Kel O’Connor lives with her husband and teenagers in the mountains of North Carolina. In addition to reading and writing, she loves coffee, loud rock music and subversive humor. She collects graphic t-shirts and hates to vacuum. You can follow Kel on Twitter, find her on Facebook and visit her website.