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This year I’ve had the fortune of discovering the writing of Kelli Owen. In my review of her debut novel “Six Days” I called it “a claustrophobic cocktail of unease and uncertainty” that I found to be “refreshing in a very Chianti and fava beans sort of way.” Recently, I had the chance to review her new novella, “The Neighborhood”, and found even more to like. In that review, I said:
The comfortable and effortless style Owen imbues in her prose, her ability to make the ordinary both familiar and frightening, and the sensibility she brings to her storytelling are all reminiscent of “It” and Stephen King at his best. The ability to instantly connect me to a new world in a single sentence that first made me a King fan then, is the same thing that’s made me a Kelli Owen fan today.
Having made such an impression on me, I really wanted to pick Kelli’s brain a bit and see what makes her tick. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to answer a few questions recently.
When I reviewed Kelli Owen’s novel “Six Days” earlier this year, I had this to say:
Owen has set the bar very high with her debut novel, a bar I have no doubt she will be able to surpass. Her blend of human observations, horror sensibilities, and gifted prose portend great things for her in the future.
With the release of her novella “The Neighborhood” in September, you will find that she is delivering quite nicely on that potential.
The titular neighborhood in the book is Neillsville, a town so small it “doesn’t even have its own Local Weather on the 8s”. It’s the kind of small town where the idea of idyllic living is far more important, and far more real, than the living itself. The kind of town where the best-kept secrets are the ones kept out in the open for everyone to see.