I’m an avid writer and a reader. I’ve writing for as long as I can remember and I love it so much I even pursued it as a career. By trade I’m a freelance grant writer and editor. I’m also a book blogger at Diverse Pages.
I started writing fiction when I was eleven. At the time I was sure I was going to be a novelist. That was when the bug first bit me. But I was too busy being a kid so it didn’t actually take until years later. I started writing my first novel in college during a really boring Literary Theory class.
I always wrote contemporary fiction with romantic elements, but then I had this dream about werewolves in San Francisco. That was back in 2005. I thought about writing a book about it, but by that time I was into writing scripts. So I outlined it and set it aside. When I got back to writing books again, four years later, all of a sudden it was urban fantasy for young adults. But I still write some contemporary on the side.
Elemental is about Baltimore, who is very different from her peers. She lives in a tiny town in Utah, she’s biracial (Black and Navajo), her parents are Wiccan, and to top it all off, she finds out that everything about her parents’ beliefs (which she’s shunned in a bid to be normal) is true--and much, much more.
I am :) I have two children. An eleven year old and a four year old. The loves of my life:)
Sometimes. Days when I have a lot of editing to do it can be overwhelming, but I tend to work very late at night when they are sleeping.
Yes. In fact, Baltimore’s life is loosely based on my own. I’m not a witch, either were my parents, but they are very religious. We lived in small country town in rural Canada and my parents are South American immigrants. So my early life is full of memories of being very different than the kids around me. I was the only Black kid in my class. My family, the only Black family in the town.
At first there wasn’t. It supposed to be a quirky story but then it grew into something a little more serious. The theme behind this and the stories to follow is finding and accepting your identity.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
Horror. I have one on my shelf. I keep picking it up and starting again, but it can be difficult to get that dark. It’s also based in Guyana, South America where I’ve only been once. So, we’ll see what happens with that.
I really enjoyed writing Grandpa in this book. His sweetness just pours off the page. I think, because I didn’t know my grandfathers, I created one on paper.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
Yes, this is part of a series about four girls (The Elementals) and the boy who helps them. The girls don’t know each other and are all very different, despite their one similarity. Hence the series tag line, “Four strangers, one destiny.”
The next book is set to be released in February. It focuses on Skye. She’s one of Baltimore’s “sisters” and the story follows her as she learns certain secrets about what she’s capable of. Skye’s a little more advanced than Baltimore, but she’s just as surprised to find out who she really is and what she has to do.
What book are you reading now?
I’m a book blogger so reading is a huge part of my life! Right now I’m reading Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright and I’ll be reading the sequel, The Burning Bush, next.
My to-read pile is HUGE. And it gets bigger every day. I’m trying to mix it up. If you follow me (or our book blog) on Goodreads it’ll be easier to wade through ;)
She's doing alright, with a boyfriend who seems to like her just the way she is and an awesome best friend who is fascinated by her lifestyle, but she's not the most popular girl in her small Utah town. In fact, she's kind of the town freak.
When her boyfriend's ex tries to win him back, Baltimore's emotions get the best of her and she soon realizes her parents' beliefs aren't so silly after all--they're just the beginning.
Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, Kelbian decided it was time to get back to her dream. She started writing again, joined a critique group and wrote two novels. Then in March 2011, along came Elemental. This time life's distractions couldn't shake the feeling that the world needed to hear Baltimore's story. At least those who would listen! A year later, Kelbian is excited to introduce Elemental to the world with hopes someone will love the story as much as she does.
Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her two children.