Kelly J. Massey, an IN THE AIR Author Interview


On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at Kelly J. Massey and her story “Promethia.”



Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created.

“Promethia” became an origin story of lore for the world of Flidais I created for my science fantasy series. The elemental aspect is a central part of the Elemental Affinity series, and “Promethia” explores a little what the world was like before humans and the fear of what humans would eventually do once they came into being on the world of Flidais.

What came first, the plot or the characters?

The sylphs came first, as they are the ones who controlled the element of air in the world of Flidais. The question then became what could they do with their air element, and “Promethia” came into being, there was a little inspiration from the Greek story, “Prometheus.”

If you had to describe your protagonist in three words, what would they be?

Doubtful, hopeful, caring.

What is something about your protagonist that only you know?

She’s smarter than she thinks she is.

Which scene was the most difficult to write and why?

Deciding on her punishment, as watching her creations war with each other had to be worse than dying.




What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I teach writing for the local university, but when I’m not doing that, I fly fish and play videogames with my son.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?

How many of the pieces of story fit together without a lot of planning. I tend to make very broad strokes before settling in to write a piece, but somehow, many of the details seem to fit together like puzzle pieces I didn’t know I had.

Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they?

Write often and read from writers whom you admire.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story can relate to many people.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Write and teach, I now get to do both.

What is your favorite writing tool or technique?

I love to free write on my laptop with the click of the keyboard sounding beneath my fingers. It sounds like creativity in progress.

How would you describe your general writing voice and tone?

I’ve been told it’s informal and responsive to the reader’s emotional interests.

Share something fun or interesting:

Favorite quote:




48416177_2008938705839504_8094266344947580928_nKelly J. Massey is an adjunct writing instructor for Montana State University and a novelist searching for a publisher. When she isn’t writing, teaching writing and rhetoric, or grading papers; she can be found hiking and fly-fishing with her family in southwest Montana. Her writing companions also include a goofy Labweiler, and two cats who only want attention when the laptop is open. In 2017 she had two short stories published, a twisted fairy tale, “Red: Mercenary for Hire,” and a dystopian science fiction piece, “Back Home.” They appeared in the Fairy Tales and Folklore Re-imagined anthology and the Like A Woman Anthology, respectively.


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