K.M. Rice: Author, Screenwriter, Happy Hobbit.

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K.M. Rice is a national, award-winning Screenwriter and Author. She’s worked for both Magic Leap and Weta Workshop. Weta create special effects for tv and film and are known for their work on The Lord of the Rings.

On the episode, Kellie discusses the difference between Writers and Storytellers and shares her advice for overcoming writer's blocks. We talk about Creativity and how as adults we need to give ourselves the freedom to play. And play we did. On the show our conversation jumps around between Crowdfunding, Female Heroes, and Creative Manias.

Kellie is the producer of the web series Happy Hobbit, where she brings a bit of Middle Earth into your daily life. We talk about how J. R. R. Tolkien’s work carried environmentalist and anti-industrial messages and Kellie talks about her favorite Gothic Fiction books.

Rice resides on a ranch in Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she lives in a beneficial relationship with the animals and the land — like a true Happy Hobbit.

Her first novel, Darkling, is a young adult fantastical thriller that now has a companion novel titled The Watcher. Several years in the making, her Afterworld series debuted with the first book, Ophelia. Her novella The Wild Frontier is an ode to the American spirit of adventure and seeks to awaken the wildish nature in all of us. Both Darkling and The Wild Frontier are now available on audiobook narrated by Gail Shalan. Her short story and poetry collection The Country Beyond the Forests showcases a range of genres and styles.

You can also check out her author vlog and find her books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in-store at Bookshop Santa Cruz.