Kelly Pells is an English with Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.
What writer(s) influenced you most and why?
I’m influenced by historical writers like Karen Maitland and Philippa Gregory. They manage to capture a sense of history in their stories, transporting you to a different time and place, whilst also creating characters that you can relate to.
What’s your favourite genre and why?
My favourite genre is historical fiction because it’s a chance for escapism. For a little while you can lose yourself in a story that takes you away from all the stresses of everyday life.
Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?
Usually I’ll spend some time brainstorming ideas because I like to know what the ending will be before I start writing. If it’s a short story, I’ll get the first draft done fairly quickly just so that I have a foundation to work with, before I go back and make it into something worth reading.
What are your interests when you’re not writing?
I’m part of the dance club at Brunel and it’s proved a great distraction from the stresses of university work. When I’m not working on coursework or reading something for lectures, I’m usually dancing in the Isambard studio.
You can read Kelly’s short story, alongside many others, in the ‘The Psyche Supermarket’ released on the 11th of March.
You can also find her on Twitter at @PellsKelly