Lindsey Kelk is one of our favourite writers. Her “I heart…” series quickly became a “must-have on the shelf” for those of us who love a romance with a dusting of jet-setting. Her new series looks set to captivate us just as much. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask her a few questions.
Without ruining any surprises, can you tell us a bit about your new book What a Girl Wants?
It’s a fun, funny book all about making big decisions, friendship, love, the difference between the two and working out where your loyalty lies. That sounds a bit dramatic, it is funny, honest.
This is the second book in the series. Did you always intend this or was continuing with adventures just something that happened?
Yep, these books were always intended to be a series – in theory, a trilogy. I find it really hard to let characters go away and get on with things, I like poking around and messing with their lives a bit too much.
All your characters follow their hearts and ambitions. They take risks. How did you decide to take that risk yourself when you decided to start writing?
When I started, it was just a fun hobby to keep me sane outside work. I’d always loved reading and writing so tapping away on the laptop seemed like a fun idea. Once my books started getting published and I realized I was going to have to leave my job if I wanted to pursue it properly, that was when it got scary but I tried to take a ‘why not?’ approach to it. I’m not always very good at it but I try to live by a ‘better to regret what you did than what you didn’t approach to life.
Tess is a photographer. Are you a keen photographer yourself? We know you’re an instagram user?
I love to take photos but I’m no photographer and never will be. I know that because one of my best friends is and she’s amazing. It’s funny because everyone thinks ‘ooh, I could do that’ but when you actually observe all the technical stuff and the hard work and learning that goes into it, you develop a massive respect for photographers and what they do. I think they’re artists and I only wish I could be half as good.
What do you love about Instagram?
I love following other people’s stories and seeing what everyone’s up to, what they’re reading, what they’re eating, where they’re going. I love that it’s such a positive format, very few people use Instagram to whine or moan and we can all be a bit guilty of that on other social media platforms – at least I can!
Do you have any favourite Instagram users to follow, any favourite photographers?
Definitely my friend @rachaeltension because she takes beautiful pictures and often shares them on the ‘Gram. I also really like @bridgetfleming and @chrisfloyd, they’re both awesome photographers that share a nice mix of real life, fashion and celebrity. Always something nice to see.
Can you tell us a bit about the pictures in your Sticky9 magnets you had printed?
I’m really bad at keeping a diary and blogging regularly so I love to use Instagram to remind myself (and let all my readers know) where I’ve been, what’s been going on and to record all the special moments from the books. You can see me copyediting and opening my box of books when they first arrived, as well as some other random bits of pieces along the way.
Some of these pics were taken on my travels, you can see a shot from a recent trip to Hawaii which was my first holiday in ever and totally amazing, a visit to a baseball game in LA, some life-sized dinosaurs at a rest stop between LA and Palm Springs as well as a shot form this year’s Wrestlemania. Yes, I’m a massive wrestling fan…
I’m also a big fan of pets, both mine and other people’s so my cat snuck in here as did my friend’s Chihuahua. She weighs four pounds and I love her completely.
You live in New York (We heart New York too) and the characters in all your books travel the world. What are your favourite locations to capture on camera?
It’s impossible to take a bad picture in New York but I love shooting all the brownstones in Park Slope where I live and the grungier areas on the Lower East Side. There’s so much to see, I’m forever killing my phone’s storage with pics!
What kind of research did you have to do to understand the world of fashion photography?
God, I’m not sure I’ll ever understand! I asked a lot of questions, read a lot of magazines and made a lot of it up. Fingers crossed I didn’t cock too much up.
Do you have any tips for creating a great fashion or beauty photograph?
My best pics are always well framed, I think that’s the best tip I can give. If you can get the image nice and central or at an interesting angle, even the worst photographer looks a bit better! Other than that, just take pictures that make you smile. If they make you happy, they’ll probably make others happy too.
What is next for you?
Well, What a Girl Wants is out now and at Christmas I’ve got an ebook novella coming out, called Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas. After that, there’s another book next spring so mostly, I’ll be sat tapping away behind my laptop!