What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
My obsession with books started at about five years old, when my mum read me ‘The Little Match Girl’ by Hans Christian Anderson. After that I was hooked, a total bookworm. If I wasn’t reading, I was writing. My inspiration to write my first novel actually came from my granddad. My granddad was just turning ninety when he bought himself his first laptop with the purpose of writing his life story. Sadly, he never got to finish his story and after his passing I decided that instead of just secretly wondering if it was possible for me to write a novel, I was just going to go for it. It was now or never. A year later, in 2011 I had completed my first novel ‘Rotten to the Core’.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
Having worked in the beauty industry for the past ten years, I wrote my first two novels in the evenings and at weekends. Having three sons, I did find it hard to fit everything in. I didn’t want to be glued to my laptop when my kids were at home. Needing to find a balance, I bravely (or stupidly – I really wasn’t sure at the time) gave up my job as a beauty therapist. Luckily, it was the right decision. Everything immediately fell into place. Within just a few weeks, I was offered representation by David Haviland from The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, and I have since gone on to write and publish my third novel ‘Heartless’.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I love Grit-Lit. (I have stolen that expression from fellow author Mel Sherratt.) I like writing crime thrillers that are gritty, raw and show the darker side of life.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I cover some pretty disturbing storylines when writing, and whilst most of my readers enjoy my books, I know that some readers will find some of the subject matter difficult to read. But the issues I cover do happen, they are out there. And with every dark, murky tale, there is always a survivor: a strong person who battles through their harsh reality somehow, and that is what I champion.
‘Heartless’ was published just last month and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. I have been blown away by the support of readers and the feedback I have received so far.
Free from prison… but still trapped in a nightmare…
Having been locked up for a murder that she didn’t commit, Sophia O’Hagan is now determined to take back what’s hers.
Sophia has been robbed of eight years of her life: a life that she should have spent with her beloved Tommy.
Now, Tommy has gone and Sophia’s family has been torn apart. She knows that she will never know true freedom until she confronts the painful ghosts of her past.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I’m just going to keep on writing. I have set myself a target of one book a year, and I already have a few ideas for the next one. But first, I’m just enjoying a bit of time off before I get stuck in to book four.
Where can people find out more about you?
My website is www.caseykelleher.co.uk.
And I spend way too much time on Facebook www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher.
I’m also on twitter @caseykelleher.
And you can keep up to date with news on my blog http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com.