1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a mom of two, an editor by trade and a writer by passion 🙂 I write under three different pseudonyms in the following genres: Young Adult, New Adult and Self-Help.
2. When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?
I’ve always known. When I was a kid I used write stories on looseleaf paper, with red pens. I wrote historical romances and young adult adventures. Back then I to dream about being the youngest writer in history 🙂 I decided back in 2012 that I’d written a book good enough to share with the world. I was thrilled when I discovered KDP.
3. Can you tell me a little bit about your series and your inspiration?
The biggest inspiration behind The Witchbound Series was diversity. I really wanted my books to reflect different types of people: from religious beliefs to cultural ethnicity. All five of the main characters have vastly different backgrounds, yet they’re all intensely connected. I really wanted to show how much the same we all can be despite the things that make us different.
4. What do you hope that readers take way with them after reading your books?
I hope they’ll seek out more stories with diverse characters. I also hope they’ll learn that it’s okay to be independent. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. That’s how heroes are made!
5. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
These days I don’t use a pen and paper anymore 🙂 I type everything I write. I’m most productive in a quiet room with the blinds drawn. I tend to move my computer around the house though.
6. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
There are readers who “get” your writing and those who don’t. The ones who don’t usually blame the writing instead of their personal taste. That’s tough to deal with but I totally get it. There are books out there that people absolutely love and I’m like “huh?” I think the worst kind of criticism is the mean kind. When someone doesn’t just simply say the book wasn’t for them but that it was the worst thing ever written. That smarts!
When a reader refers to my writing as a page turner that always makes me happy! All I want is to engage people. If I’ve done that, then I’m happy.
7. What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?
Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. My favorite author is Octavia Butler.
8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
9. Why Witches?
I was a HUGE fan of Charmed. So when I started writing YA, it’s the first thing that came to mind. I also needed a way to place four strangers in an unbreakable bond. I figured being bonded by magic is even better than being bonded by blood.
10. Do any animals share your life? Please tell us about them.
I have no pets. In fact, the only pets I’ve ever had were two chickens. I won them in a raffle in grade school after we watched them hatch in the incubator.
But we’ve been talking about getting a dog in the next few months. I’m really looking forward to adding to our family!
And now for a little bit of fun:) This or That?
1. Light Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Dark
2. Hugs or Kisses? Hugs
3. Drama or Comedy? Drama
4. Snow or Sand? Sand!
5. Dragons or Fairies? Dragons
6. Night or Day? Night
7. Rock or Pop? Rock
8. Dogs or Cats? Dogs
9. Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
10. Coffee or Tea? Coffee for necessity, Tea for pleasure 😉
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.
Since she discovered magic, seventeen-year-old Skye Jackson’s life is almost perfect. Almost. Even perfect has its glitches.
What happens when the one with all the power makes the biggest mistakes? Welcome to my life. Four months ago, I couldn’t have been happier. When my parents got divorced, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Especially when Mom married a guy half her age. But then I found out I wasn’t the average Joana. Discovering magic existed and, best of all, I could use it, made everything easier to deal with. That is until I got a little too spell happy. But what girl wouldn’t defend her best friend against a world-class creep? Now I’m stuck in a nightmare, forced to make life and death decisions I never dreamed I’d face. Love the magic, hate the responsibility.
Series: Witchbound #3
Author: Kelbian Noel
Find It: Goodreads
Synopsis:Calida Cevallos has never been special. In fact, as far as she’s concerned, there isn’t an exceptional bone in her body. But, this summer, she’ll discover extraordinary literally runs through her veins.
I’ve always been a burden. The girl people put up with, the one they tolerated. When I finally found someone who actually wanted me around, I couldn’t have be happier. But lately something’s been bubbling at the surface. Something wants to break free…and I’m afraid it’s me. I love him. And, for a time, I thought I needed him. Now I’m not so sure. These days, I get the feeling I’m the one who’s needed. By whom? I’m about to find out.
Kelbian Noel was born on a warm June night in Moncton, New Brunswick. From a very young age, she loved to read. She found herself engulfed in novels by Janette Oke and L.M. Montgomery, but never seemed to find herself in the pages. At the age of 11 she declared she would simply have to rewrite them, and become the youngest author in history. But life was full of baseball, homework, BFFs and boys. Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, she rediscovered her hobby. She is excited to introduce The Witchbound Series to the world with hopes someone will love this story as much as she does. Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario with her two children (where, thanks to a thick layer of smog, Junes are much warmer than they used to be).
She is the founder of www.diverse-pages.com and blogs there often, in the company of some pretty cool people.