I’m really pleased to be touring Kelly Parra’s short story in Something Wicked: Young Adult Short Stories
Sometimes, they aren’t costumes.
More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For…
Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.
Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!
Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!
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And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
Kelly: Hi Sara, thanks for having me! My story “Mermania” is a continuation to my first story “Darkness Becomes Him” in the PROM DATES TO DIE FOR young adult anthology with Buzz Books. In DBH teen supernatural hunters Jaz and Blake are introduced as solving mysteries with supernatural monsters. I’m a big fan of the television show “Supernatural” so I thought it would be great to write some stories with teens fighting monsters.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
Kelly: I love paranormal and contemporary novels so I want to write in both young adult fiction and adult fiction.
What is your writing process like?
Kelly: It’s very sporadic! I usually work mornings and mid-afternoon before picking up my kids from school. Writing has to be squeezed in at odd moments and I have to be feeling the creative vibe. If not, I just edit because nothing inspiring will be coming out on my computer screen.
What are you working on now?
Kelly: I always have several projects in the works. Right now I have another YA, an adult romance, and a collection of short stories. I like to keep busy!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Kelly: Goof off! Hahaha. I’m either procrastinating on-line, reading, doing something creative for fun, or hanging out with my family. I dislike being bored.
Who do you like to read?
Kelly: So many! But my favorites are Nora Roberts, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, and Carrie Jones. I love series books!
Kelly Parra’s earliest stories were told with paintbrushes, but upon discovering the drama and forbidden love of romance and suspense novels, those paintbrushes were replaced with a keyboard. Now a multi-published author in young adult and romance fiction, she has created memorable characters such as a graffiti artist in Graffiti Girl, a psychic teen in Invisible Touch, and a tough undercover narc in her novel for adults, Criminal Instinct. A two-time RITA finalist, she divides her time between her novels, short fiction, and the adventures of motherhood, where she juggles her home life with two children, a tattooed husband, a sweet poodle, and a rowdy pit bull. Visit her website www.KellyParra.com.