Louisa Kelley is the author of a series of well-regarded erotic paranormal books and urban fantasy stories, including the trilogy, Daughters of Draca, and the lesbian paranormal fantasy, Unbidden Dragon. Her writing features sensual romance, intrigue and magical mayhem, often with modern day characters based in Portland.
She has recently signed with the publisher Dirt Road Books, and is feverishly working on book one of her new Shift series titled, Fianna the Gold.
She resides in Portland, Oregon where, in a strangely perfect combination of rainy winters and urban skyline, her writing inspiration abounds. She’s also slightly obsessed with dragons.
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How Did I Get Into All Of This?
What got me started on all of this, you ask? What is it with me and dragons, anyway?
It all begins with the beloved author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott 1832- 1888 – an amazing, inspiring woman of her time. She was my earliest example (I first picked up a copy of Little Men in 3rd grade!) of a strong, independent minded, career choosing woman, who wasn’t afraid to challenge the authority of men and the societal norms of what women should do and how they should behave. She believed deeply in justice, was an abolitionist and later, active as a suffragette. I read everything she wrote, then her biographies. She stood as a shining example of how I wanted to be when I grew up. By age ten, when adults would ask me what I wanted to be, I simply answered: “A writer like Louisa May Alcott.”
Her tender, sweet romances were my first introduction to the genre of romance and the beginning of a lifelong affair with happily-ever-after. In 2013 I visited and toured Orchard House in Massachusetts, the old home of the Alcott’s, now restored and maintained as a museum. Louisa had lived there with her family and written Little Women in that house. I saw the actually room she wrote in, and the desk she sat at. It was like going to church.
After Louisa May Alcott, there came the stunning influence of the great author, feminist, activist, speaker and educator, Ursula K. Le Guin. I’ve been lucky enough to breathe in a little of her influence in the Literary Arts here in Portland the last 13 years, as she lived here in the Pacific Northwest. I mourned when she passed away, and went to her joyful, inspiring, dragon-image filled memorial in downtown Portland. Ursula was another woman who stood strongly for justice, and later, her essays and speeches became as inspiring and inflaming to my heart as her fiction. Here’s an example of an inflaming, fabulous commencement address she gave in 1983 to Mills College in Oakland, California. http://www.ursulakleguin.com/LeftHandMillsCollege.html
Her influence on my love of fantasy stories was pivotal. The Wizard of Earthsea series came into my life soon after the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis, and that was it, really. Fantasy and science fiction took hold of my mind and heart and never let go.
Ursula is the mother of dragons, and I am, and always will be, her aspiring acolyte. From her came the first fantasy stories of wise dragons; crafty and powerful in good ways, dragons not to be feared as much as admired and awed by.
I was born in the Chinese year of the dragon. My little dragon heart didn’t know that, however, for quite some time. When the flames of my dragon nature finally triggered as the writer I’d always wanted to be, it was like a volcano. My romantic heart jumped right into the exciting, hot cauldron of fantastical happily-ever-afters and said, “Finally!”