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Interview with Kelly Smith…..

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For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I am an active mom of three almost grown boys. Originally from Boston, I relocated to Austin with my then husband about 16 years ago. I began my writing career with my blog on my website I used to write about fitness, until I got divorced and then into a toxic relationship. My book Signs in the Rearview Mirror began as a weekly series on my blog.

My book is about leaving a toxic relationship behind. But which toxic relationship? The one with my mother, my ex, or myself. ***Spoiler Alert*** it’s all three. But how? How does someone realize they are toxic and get help? It’s all in the book!

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I got my idea for the book form my own life experiences. After getting away from my toxic relationship, I realized if I wrote my own story, I could possibly help others.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Yes. Each character in my book is based on someone I know or have known.

How do you pick your characters names?

Some of the names I found in a baby name book and others sort of choose me.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I am a night writer. I wrote my book mostly in the late hours of the night. I listened to music most of the time while I wrote, but the sounds of rushing water was also an inspiration to me.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Jane Green

Dr. Seuss

Jennifer Weiner

Emily Giffin

John Grisham

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

I would love to spend time with Dr Seuss.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes and no. I had a rough childhood. I would read and write to try to escape.

When did you start to write?

I discovered I was a writer in the third grade. It took me years to get to a point where I could write on a regular basis.

What are you working on right now?

Currently I am thinking about writing my second book. I am thinking about my second book as a continuation of my first book. But in the this new one, I will take my readers on a journey of my recovery process.

Do you have a new release due?

I wish.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

My publishing day was amazing. The day my book came out was also the day I broke my silence with my abusive relationship. I went to the tattoo place with my friends and had my release date tattooed on my arm. It was amazing!!

How can readers keep in touch with you? is my website and on my site you can find the links to my social media.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I would like anyone who is in or getting out of a toxic relationship that there is help on the other side. That if you get the help you need, you can live an amazing life!!!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Kelly.

Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving A Toxic Relationship Behind

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What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope.

Purchase Links…..

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Author Bio –

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast, Lets Get Wicked Deep.

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