What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

My name is Kelsey Rae Barthel and I write Urban Fantasy

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

My book, Beyond the Code, is about modern day Knights with supernatural abilities who serve influential families in a secret society. The stories follows a pair of renegade Knights who realize that the system they have always followed has been corrupted and they need to take it down and free their people. The idea was inspired in equal parts by many anime that I have watched and the superhero genre.


How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

I grew up writing short stories as a hobby because i lived in a boring small town and it was a way to cope with always wanting to be somewhere else. I really enjoy writing Urban Fantasy because I love the idea of putting remarkable things in the mundane world. It’s like creating the world in the way I wished it was, instead of the way it is.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did research on guns and weapons to make the battles feel more exciting and authentic. I actually went to a gun range for the first time to experience how it felt to fire a gun.

Can you tell me about your Series?

The long game of the series will have the main character, Luna, and her comrades toppling the corrupt Hand Council they have followed their whole lives. They go through heart ache, loss, betrayal and uncover the long buried deceit that had shaped they’re way of life. They will break away from being mere tools of the powerful and being true heroes.

Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

 Jims Butchers “The Dresden Files”

Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?

I took a lot of inspiration and ideas from anime like Fate/Stay Night and the super hero genre but the initial seed of inspiration that sparked the series as a whole was a silver crescent moon necklace.


Was it always meant to become a series?

Once I plotted out the events of the story as a whole, I finally started writing the story and I realized how long it would be. That’s when I dedicated myself to making it a series.

Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

Right now, I am working on the sequel of Beyond the Code. I working title at the moment is “Beyond the Masquerade”

How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

Sometimes I go through those extremely useful baby naming books and pick a name that has a meaning relating to the character but more often than not, I look though names and see which one matches the image of that character in my head.  

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest but most essential part of writing for me is the planning. I am a writing that needs to plan out each event carefully before I even can think about writing because I have a crippling fear of accidentally writing plot holes. This process has helped me avoid them but it does slow down the progress so I can’t pump out finished projects as fast.

What’s the best thing about being an author?

Loosing yourself in the story as you’re writing it and truly feeling attached to the characters. Plus, talking shop with other friendly authors, that’s always fun.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully, I will have, or close to it, the entire series published and out in the world. I mostly want to give the readers who have really enjoyed the first book, a full story that they can visit again and again.



What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Take criticism, no matter how hard it is. Despite what some writers may think, 9 times out of 10, your first, second, and maybe third drafts will be crap. Just keep going until you have something you can be proud of. Don’t take the easy way out.   

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Yes I do. I’m always interested in what people are able to take away from my work and if they saw something in it that even I failed to. No, I don’t respond to them. A review page should be a safe space for readers to give their honest opinions, good or bad. And, I deal with them by taking what they said and trying to see where they are coming from. Any feedback can only make you grow as a writer.


Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

As to avoid spoilers, I won’t take about my favorite character even because he is in my current work in progress. But my favorite character in my published work is Ranger. I love how I made him a Knight that will think his way out of a situation instead of using mere brute strength. He’s calm and collected and always has a strategy and that makes him fun to work with.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It energizes me when things are flowing good and the words are falling into place but when I stare are the screen for 15 minutes straight and rewrite the same sentence 4 times, that can be exhausting  


If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Several coffees later.  

Where can your fans find you and follow??

They can go to my website



Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️