Saturday, December 31, 2011


I would like to welcome KELLEY YORK author of 'HUSHED' , to Novels On The Run and thank her for taking the time to answer some questions and for writing such a brilliant YA genre, thriller. I’ve also popped in a couple questions for Archer and Evan.

Michelle:  I love to put song vid clips on my interviews that matches the character or characters relationship. It’s, a great way of also hearing new songs and the songs connection to the character. Kelley, what song would you use to describe, Evan and Archer's relationship, Archer and Vivian's relationship and Vivian?



 “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane : - Official vid .

Kelley: Kind of lost and sad, but hopeful at the same time. Such a pretty song.



Kelley:   A good song for them about halfway through the book. (Also one of my favourite songs ever!)



 “Stay” by Shakespeare’s Sister: - Official Vid

Kelley:  Two polar opposite personalities of a girl singing to the same guy, moving from sweet and loving to vindictive and cruel.

Wow this is very Vivian, this song!!

Michelle:  This question is for Evan and Archer.

Evan, could you please describe Archer in 5 words or less and also Vivian in 5 words or less?

Evan:  For Archer: (1) Confused (2) Lonely (3) Hopeful (4) Lost (5) Pretty!

For Vivian: (1) We (2) don't (3) talk (4) about (5) her.

Michelle:  Archer could you please describe Evan in 5 words or less?

Archer:  For Evan? (1) Charming (2) Safe (3) Geeky (4) Warm (5) Whale (...What? He eats like one.)

Michelle:  Are you more comfortable writing a dark story that is intense and emotional opposed to what I call a ‘combo’ story, where you get to laugh, cry, be on this mad rollercoaster of action and suspense with the characters? What I mean is ‘Hushed’ is not a book where you can laugh with the characters. You more want to cry at their pain or could you write a book that makes you laugh as well. You write dark emotional very well.

Kelley:  Thank you! Out of everything I've written, HUSHED is definitely the darkest. My other books, including my WIPs, have at least a little more brightness in them to counterbalance the dark. My narrator/MC in my third book goes through a lot of hell and is put in some pretty crummy situations, but her response to it is to shove it to the back of her mind and make jokes about it. Uhh, I don't know if that answers the question properly. ;) I think it just depends on my characters if it comes out as a 'combo' book versus purely dark and emotional. If HUSHED has been told from Evan's POV, it would have been brighter and more amusing.

Michelle:   Evan, what would be the perfect date night for you?

Evan:  The one with Archer, obviously. Maybe dinner and a walk down the beach. Oh, hey, maybe someday we'll be one of those super-famous power couples that are famous for doing absolutely nothing and we can get into any restaurant we want without reservations. Do you think our fans and the media would blend our names together, like Branjelina? We'd be...Avan. Or Echer. No, those suck. What about Ever? ... What was the question again?

Michelle:  Kelley, I read that you like writing male POV. Will you ever write a female/female thriller or are you happy writing male/male?

Kelley:  Oh, I'm good with whatever, really. Any character idea that catches my interest makes me happy. I like writing from a male POV for some reason, but I do have an idea for a dark ghost story with a female/female pairing.

Big Thank You to Kelley, Archer and Evan.


'Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was unputdownable!!!' --- YA Fantasy Guide ---

'How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be just as screwed up as straight ones -- and their stories just as creepy!'--- Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow
Walkers ---

Author Bio:

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real
unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

Hushed - Synopsis:

He's saved her. He's loved her. He's killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another - Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants...And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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