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In the Spotlight: April Kelley

Living in Southwest Michigan, April Kelley resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.

The Journey of Jimini Renn



AUTHOR(s): April Kelley



LENGTH: 46318

CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Dystopian Romance


Buy Links: (Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited)



In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.

As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.



“I will not hurt you, sir,” Jimini said and tried to keep some of the fear out of his voice. He knew he was unsuccessful, though.

He moved the jug of water next to the man and tried to move away as quickly as possible, but the man grabbed his hand in such a tight grip Jimini couldn’t get away from him even if he tried. The man pulled him down and took the jug with his other hand. He held it out to Jimini. Jimini looked at the jug and then at the man, trying to figure out what the man wanted from him.

“Help me,” the man whispered, so lightly Jimini could barely hear it.

Jimini nodded, taking the jug from the man with his free hand. “Let go of my hand and I’ll prop you up so you can drink. In exchange, I ask that you do not shoot the gun again.”

The man still held on to him as if his life depended on it. Jimini sat the jug down beside him. He placed his hand on the man’s gently and tried to pry his fingers away one at a time. It was pointless. His grip tightened even more. Jimini sighed and started working around the restriction.

“Why?” The man croaked out when Jimini moved his body, so he was cradling the man’s head in his lap.

Jimini pushed the weight of the man up as best as he could and wriggled around until they both sat up. “I’m misunderstanding the question.” Jimini handed the jug back to the man. “Drink slowly, not a lot all at once.”

The man tipped the jug up and took a long drink, some spilling out of the corners of his mouth, not listening to Jimini’s words of caution at all. “Do you not understand my words?”

Jimini reached for the jug with one hand, the other bracing them both with a fist in the dirt. He took the jug and set it down beside them. “You need to go slow with it, let your body adjust to the water. Going from nothing to full could make you sick.”

The man was heavy against him, his long dark hair tickled Jimini’s face as it came to rest against his shoulder.

“Why are you helping me?” The man asked. His voice was deep, and he sounded better this time as if the water wetted his throat enough to speak clearly.

“Why wouldn’t I extend help?” Jimini asked.

Author Interview

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but when I was thirteen years only I read an anthology called Different Seasons by Stephen King and discovered The Body, which is one of the stories in the book. That inspired me to write my stories after that, and I’ve been writing since.

How long have you been writing?

On a regular basis, about 30 years now. I’ve been published for about a year and a half, though.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

The key to writing is just to write. Every day. Even if it’s crap.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I haven’t suffered from writer’s block yet, but I suppose, if I did, I would probably just take my own advice and just write. Even if I’m the only person that will ever see it at least, I’m continuously doing what I enjoy.

Who is your favorite author and why?

In the M/M romance genre – Carol Lynne, because she can deliver a complex character every single time.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

If an author can create good characters, almost everything else can be forgiven.  A good plot comes next.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I always have the characters in my head first, so I usually flesh them out with some writing exercises and worksheets that I use religiously. I’ll outline the plot after that. Developing the plot always takes a bit of time because I like to have the whole thing laid out before I begin. I usually will have a sentence or two about each scene. As I write the story, the plot almost always changes on me so I’ll go back through and rewrite it when needed.

What comes first, the plot or characters?


Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

The main Character, Jimini Renn, is the exact opposite regarding personality from Aaruth, the slaver he meets along his journey. Jimini is kind-hearted, and the caregiving type. Aaruth would kill a man just for looking at him wrong.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

At the moment, I’m working on Book Three of the Saint Lakes Series, which is an M/M Paranormal Romance that I’ve started. Book one and two are out already and available on Amazon. I’m getting ready to start the next Demon Elite series book, which will be the fourth in that series. Extasy Books published it.

What are you reading now?

I just finished a book titled Broken Bones by Deja Black. If you haven’t read it, you should because it is great.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Stephen King certainly only because he’s so prolific and probably Carol Lynne.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Book titles are sometimes the hardest part. Usually, I’ll listen to music. Sometimes the lyrics help.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

February 15, 2015, when Whispers of Home (Pickleville #1) first hit eXtasy bookshelf.

Describe your writing space.

I have an office in my home that has a writing table in the center of the room. I have some of my book covers framed, hanging on my walls. A bookshelf with a combination of movies and books sits off to my left. I have a table behind me with candles and more books on it.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

Rewrites. Ugh.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I treat writing as I would any other job. I get up in the morning and begin my day checking emails, getting coffee, and eating breakfast. Hygiene is important too. Can’t forget that. Anyway, after that, I get to write whatever project I’m working on next. On the weekends, I’m not so anal about my routine, but I usually do write for at least half the day. Depending on how into the story I am, I’ll sometimes write until I go to bed.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I make lists for everything. Even more books series, which isn’t needed at all. I’m not going to forget which book comes next in the series, yet I have a list anyway.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I like to hike on nature trails and travel. I always live very close to Lake Michigan, so I’m at the beach quite a bit when the weather’s nice, although some of my beach time is spent writing.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

During my research for The Journey of Jimini Renn, I researched drought and the global water crisis and discovered that the lack of water is a real issue in a large portion of the world. It’s tragic to see the number of people who die because of drought-related illnesses and disease every year. All that’s needed is a simple well in most cases.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

The Journey of Jimini Renn will be my twenty-fourth book. My favorite would have to be Leave it All (Saint Lakes #1) because Bennett Somerset, one of the main characters, is a dragon shifter. I’m still a little bit in love with him.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I hear from readers on occasion. They have questions about the next book in a series or if certain characters will get a story. I always love questions like this because it means they’re enjoying the books as much as I’m enjoying writing them. And I welcome any and all questions.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer and a psychologist.

How do you do research for your books?

The research came first for The Journey of Jimini Renn. I watched a documentary about water-related issues, and it led me to research the topic even more. Most of the time I develop the characters and the plot, get all the worksheets and the outline written and then research. I usually take notes when I’m developing the characters and outlining the plot, so I just work down the list until I’m informed on whatever topic needs to be researched.

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