I’m so so SO excited to announce my happy news to the world!
Per Publisher’s Weekly:
Annie Kelly’s LEARNING CURVE, set at an alternative high school known for being a dumping ground for troubled students and featuring a young teacher who realizes the newest member of her first period class is the guy she met–and made out with–at the bar last week, to Christina Brower at NAL in a three book deal by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary Media. (NA)
So, a couple of things:
1. Who, pray tell, is this “Annie Kelly” you speak of?
Annie Kelly is my new pen name (or pseudonym.) This is a pretty recent development in my writing life. Basically, it’s another brand of Kelly Fiore – and this brand writes romance.
My romance novels will be about women in their mid-20s – women graduating college, starting their first jobs, getting an apartment, buying a car, making messes, falling in love, etc.
Romance has a similar momentum as YA, but has more sex. It has heat and chemistry and, frankly, it’s pretty explicit in the sex department. I love my YA writing, but this ain’t it. There’s something far more edgy and intriguing about my romance characters. They’re just starting out. They’re making mistakes. Their humanity is glaringly obvious.
2. What made me write romance?
A couple of things drove me toward this genre. First, I’m a fan of romance. A BIG fan. Like, a flailing, giddy fan. I love almost everything I read that is Romance or New Adult, but my favorite authors are Shayla Black, Cherrie Lynn, Jacie Burton, Lacey Alexander, Jay Crownover, Chelsea Fine, Cora Carmack, Sophie Jordan, Lisa DeRochers, and Penelope Douglas.
Another reason – I want to write stories about adults because I *gulp* sort of am one. So, while I love writing YA and I do feel like a teen much of the time, I do really enjoy remembering the world of my 20s and writing from that perspective.
3. Am I still writing YA?
Yup. That won’t change. THICKER THAN WATER is probably more of an upper-YA novel because of the language/violence/drug content, but it’s certainly YA. I’ll have another book with Harper after TtW and I’m hoping to continue writing more light contemporary YA, too. And maybe some middle grade. Or literary adult. (Yes, I have a full plate. That’s how I like it.)
4. So, how about these romance novels?
I’m so stoked that these will see the light of day. I’m completely smitten with the characters and I’m excited about working on the future books.
Learning Curve is the first book in the series. It follows grad school student Hyacinth “Cyn” Hendricks as she struggles through a student-teaching internship at a tough-as-nails alternative Baltimore high school. She teaches drug dealers, former convicts, students with ankle bracelets – the whole shebang – but nothing knocks her more asunder than when Smith Asher shows up in her classroom. This troubled student is a complete enigma — and an enigma whose seen her almost naked when they hooked up at the bar last weekend.
Hyacinth is caught between the very potent chemistry between her and Smith and the fact that she’s completing her student teaching – the lines of right and wrong are blurry and even harder to define when laden with lust.
I love this book SO HARD — partially because it has a really crazy twist toward the end that changes everything for Smith and Cyn. I’m hoping that readers will love these characters as much as I do. I’m carrying them with me constantly.
I’ve also started a new blog – Romancing Annie – which will chronicle more of my romance news and posts. You can find it HERE
So, YAY! I’m excited to be branching out into the romance realm and I hope I can bring you with me as readers and as friends.