Rachel E. Kelly talks 'Colorworld'
In Colorworld, Wendy goes into a clinical trial to earn money to support herself and the brother she is raising. While the trial is advertised to cure allergies, it instead unlocks her latent potential and gives her superpowers. Wendy is thrown into a world where she needs to care for her brother while also protecting him from her new and deadly powers.
“The first book was trying to establish what she is capable of,” says author Rachel E. Kelly.
While Wendy is learning to control her power, she meets Gabriel. The sparks fly as Gabriel woos her with his chivalrous attitude and poetic speech.
“He has been that way from the very first draft,” says Kelly. “I really like to right that way, in a more formal fashion.”
Kelly describes herself as a word nerd, and Gabriel allows her to explore and indulge in that part of her.
“Gabriel is kind of my guilty pleasure,” says Kelly.
As Gabriel and Wendy explore their relationship, their emotional interactions are described in dance terms, a language that Kelly found to be more authentic when it came to describing the way that emotions can move a person.
Kelly originally wrote Colorworld in the past tense, but changed it in later drafts.
“I really liked the feel of it, the present tense of it. As you’re reading it, it’s happening right now,” says Kelly.
Kelly says that the present tense is like a calling card, and it helps her tap into authentic emotions and interactions.
Colorworld and its sequel Teleworld are already published and are part of a seven book series. Kelly has a kickstarter for those who would like to support the publishing of the other books; you can also check out the Colorworldbooks web site for more information.
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