Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why I Write Fantasy - Kelley Heckart, Celtic romance author

Amber: Welcome, Kelley Heckart, Celtic romance author. Tell me, why do you write fantasy?

Kelley: I write fantasy because it is a great way to escape from reality—a break from all the issues of our complex modern world. My books are a mix of history and fantasy. I like to draw on little known time periods like Dark Age Scotland for my stories. I think this is the perfect setting for tales with otherworldly creatures, fierce warriors, bold women and magic. I am especially inspired by the ancient Celts and their connection to the Otherworld.

Amber: Why do readers love fantasy? 

Kelley: I think readers probably like to read the fantasy genre to escape from reality, to be drawn into a different world.
Amber: What fantasy do you read?
Kelley: My favorite authors mix history and fantasy. I just finished the Bridei Chronicles trilogy by Juliet Marillier, which is set in the mysterious land of the Picts. Another favorite author of mine is Morgan Llywelyn. She writes stories based on Irish myths. One of my favorite fantasy books is Evangeline Walton's interpretation of the Mabinogion. I love what she did with the Welsh myths. Her prose is lyrical and she brings these mythical characters to life.

Amber: Would you write fantasy even if no one read it?
Kelley: Even if no one wanted to read fantasy, I would still continue to write it because I do it because that’s what I love to write.

Amber: Thanks for visiting Wordshaping.

Kelley Heckart writes Celtic historical romances with fantasy elements. Her stories reflect her passion for history, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, magic, conflict and romance.

Kelley's Novels include: 
Of Water and Dragons, Ravenwolf, White Rose of Avalon, 
Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy

Kelley's Short Stories
The Enchanted Meadow
Available from Freya's Bower

A Winter Solstice Kiss (Winter Kisses anthology)

Kelley's Contest! 
Leave a comment and your email for a chance to win a 
gift certificate for one of Kelley's Awe-Struck ebooks 
(also good towards a print edition.)

For more information about Kelley 
& excerpts and reviews of her books


  1. I really enjoyed your interview, Kelly. I love fantasy books! I'm glad you write them.

  2. Hi Patsy, Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

  3. Great interview Kel! You are an amazing bass player too!