Interview With Ardy Kelly

Author interview: Troy’s Happy Ending by Ardy Kelly

What prompted you to write Troy’s Happy Ending?

I wrote three books in the Lone Wolves Ranch series, and Troy was a secondary character in all of them. Besides the fact that he is a fun character to write, an amazing number of Amazon readers left comments wanting to know more about Troy, his mate, and his family. On top of that, I was struggling with writing the next book in the series, so I decided to take a break from it and concentrate on a prequel of how Troy ended up at Lone Wolves Ranch.

Who is Troy?

Troy Merton is an omega wolf-shifter who lives with his mate, Ryan, and four kids. He writes MM shifter romance novels for a living, and is always butting himself into the other couple’s love lives…mostly so he can write about them in his next book.

How much are you like Troy?

I wish I knew some shifter couples I could write about! Plus, I’m much more of an introvert than Troy is. I would also consider myself more curious than nosy.

Where is Lone Wolves Ranch?

It’s an old summer resort outside Yosemite that has become a supernatural community. It’s mostly shifters, but the fae Sheriff Chet is also a resident.

How do you describe the style of your books?

Low-angst, humorous, easy reads. I’m not one for torturing my characters. I like books (both reading and writing) with a few laughs and a lot of heart.

When you write do you start with a story idea or a character?

I’ve done both, and I find starting with a story idea easier. For The Cub Club, I wondered how a parent would react to discovering their adopted child was a shifter. Once I had that idea, I created characters who would thrive in that kind of environment.

However, for Troy’s Happy Ending I needed to create the backstory for someone readers already knew from the previous Lone Wolves Ranch series books. There were a few things set in stone; Troy was mated to Ryan, their first-born was named Philip, and Troy had started his writing career creating One Direction fan fiction. The book became the journey that led Troy to Lone Wolves Ranch. It was more about his growth as a character than a single situation.

Where is your favorite place to write?

On a cruise ship! I love getting a cabin with a balcony, unplugging from everything, and spending a week diving into my imaginary world. When I’m stuck I can run to the buffet or order room service. Carbohydrates are wonderfully inspiring to my muse…especially when someone else is cooking and cleaning!

You can write a whole book during a week-long cruise?

No! I only revise my first draft on a cruise. I work in the corporate world so can only write part-time. It takes me at least a year to finish a book. Troy’s Happy Ending took two years, but that was due to the covid lockdown. I thought staying at home during the pandemic would help me to concentrate on my writing, but it had the exact opposite effect. The only thing I could focus on was Netflix.

Do you want to be a full-time writer?

I don’t think I could do it. I need lots of time for ideas to percolate through my imagination.

Will there be more books in the Lone Wolves Ranch series?

When I started the series I had three single alpha wolf-shifter brothers. I’ve managed to get Mack and Adam mated. Luke was the third brother, but I went off on a tangent with The Slightly Supernatural Sheriff and then Troy’s Happy Ending. Hopefully the next book will Luke’s story.

And there’s still plenty more single alphas on the ranch after that.

Do you write under any other pseudonyms?

I wrote the four-book Best Laid series under the name Robyn Kelly. I call it a rom-Dom-com, because it’s what I picture 50 Shades of Grey would have been if it was a romantic comedy.

It seems humor is a big part of all your books.

It’s a big part of my life. I find it healthier to laugh at life, rather than let it weigh me down.

When will be see your next book?

I’ve been able to write one book a year until Troy’s Happy Ending. Hopefully the next installment in the series will arrive before the end of 2023.



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