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INTERVIEW WITH Q. KELLY

NANCY: Normally I leave my comments for the end of the interview, but some things just can’t wait. As many of you know, Kelly is deaf, so this was the first interview done thru instant messaging. At first I was a little worried about doing the interview this way for two reasons. First, I hate to type (maybe because I suck at it.) and secondly, I wanted this…feel like the other interviews I’ve done. When you talk to someone, they are less likely to think about something before they reply. Also, when you talk with someone, the answers can and often do go off in all directions, and I get some really cool info that way. So I was worried that it would just be a question and answer session, without the many side trips. Not to worry with Kelly. Her answers were just as straight forward as I was looking for, and we took many side trips. As an example, somehow during the interview, I ended up owning Affinity, and the next thing I know, Kelly owned it. Still not sure how that happened. LOL. While I was getting set up, she was busy amusing herself…her words, not mine. Now, on with the show!

NANCY: When did you know that you wanted to write?

KELLY: Well, I don't think there was a moment when I "knew" per se. I have always enjoyed writing. The first stories I wrote were in elementary school. I was in a self-contained classroom for students who were deaf and hard of hearing. My teacher had similar lesson plans for us all, but I would be way ahead of the other students. (I made lots of extra work for the teacher!) The teacher would give me assignments such as: "OK, read the book and decide how you would have written your own ending. That was fun and evolved to a point where a teacher would tell me to read halfway and then write my own second half (without having read the book's second half). I came up with lots of outrageous stuff, according to the teacher. That's how I started writing, and it was a lot of fun.

NANCY: Who...or what...inspired you the most to write?

KELLY: Hmm. I don't think I had an inspiration per se, but my teacher was the first person to get me writing. She also told me about writing contests. I entered them and won every year. I got free trips to Chicago and money ($25 seems like the world to a child!). All that was very cool. You could say that teacher was instrumental in getting me to write early on.

NANCY: How young were you when you started entering the contests?

KELLY: I was six or seven. The first year I entered, I won second place. Every year thereafter, I won first PLUS best of show.

NANCY : Wow, holy crap even....6 or 7?

KELLY: Yes. It was a contest for kids who were deaf and hard of hearing. My teacher said she would get messages from the judges all the time. The messages were along the lines of: "She didn't really write this. Someone else wrote this for her." And my teacher would be like...“Nope. This child wrote this herself."

NANCY: When did you stop?

KELLY: You mean when did I stop entering these contests?

NANCY: Yes

KELLY: It was late middle school. This sounds egoistical, but I was tired of winning all the time. I wanted to give other people a chance. Plus the older age ranges did not have as many entrants.

NANCY: LOL

NANCY: So have you always been deaf/hard of hearing?

KELLY: Yes, I was born deaf.

KELLY: I should explain something about deaf/hard of hearing kids so the judges' comments make more sense. A lot of deaf/hoh kids have language delays. They graduate from high school reading on average the fourth grade level.

NANCY: I did not know that

KELLY: On the other hand, when I was in third grade, I was reading on the college level.

NANCY: holy crap....a show off or a prodigy?

KELLY: I was neither a showoff or a prodigy. It goes more like this: my parents learned sign. They read to me. So I was friends with books at a very young age. And I was always left out at family get-togethers. I was bored. So I'd read books. And that in turn translated to writing.

KELLY: The language delay is because kids can't hear, obviously. They pick up no language. And sometimes the parents just don't facilitate language development after the parents learn the kids are deaf or hoh.

NANCY: explain "language delay"....

KELLY: Language delay- well, kids entering kindergarten with no language whatsoever

NANCY: No writing, no reading, no signing?

KELLY: For a lot of deaf and hard of hearing kids, that's correct. I was fortunate my parents learned sign.

KELLY: I was conversing when I was eight months old. Babies can sign before they can talk. So in that respect, me learning sign gave me a head start.

KELLY: My parents took an ASL class, and as they learned sign, they taught me a little. Like my first sign was ball.

NANCY: That is interesting....never knew that.?

KELLY: Yeah, a lot of people understandably don't know stuff about deaf and hard of hearing.

NANCY: Is it common knowledge that you're deaf? Can I use part of this in the interview that I post?

KELLY: I don't know. You'd have to ask my legions of fans (cough cough... what legion?) I don't hide the fact I am deaf. I allude to it sometimes on Facebook or in conversations or whatever. My profile says I went to Gallaudet University. I don't announce every day I am deaf, though. No point in that. Being deaf is just one part of who I am.

KELLY: Quite a few people know I am deaf, but I don't know if like... EVERYONE knows

KELLY: I did another interview in which I mentioned I was deaf. I got several emails from people who were surprised to find out.

NANCY: I will contact your legions.

KELLY: Good. Just two people probably?

NANCY: No, three counting me.

KELLY: Just kidding. I've been inspired by all the people who have written to me. And from all over the world. I'm like, this is SO amazing. All those people reading my books.

NANCY: I've read both of your books, Waiting and Strange Bedfellows and neither one are "standard" storylines...so where do your ideas come from?

KELLY: Actually, I have six novels out now and two short-story collections. The Odd Couple seems to be slipping by the wayside if that was the one you left out.

NANCY: Is The Odd Couple the one that was published earlier?

KELLY: The Odd Couple was published in 2008 with Regal Crest. I revised it some and released a second edition earlier this month. (October of 2011, I was delayed in posting this sorry!)

KELLY: And where my ideas come from, I am not sure. I love the news, and a lot of news stories stay with me. Terri Schiavo in part inspired Waiting. Ladan and Laleh Bijani (Iranian Siamese twins) inspired a story idea I want to write someday on Siamese twins.

KELLY: Basically, my brain cooks and mulls over a lot of stuff that come together in a story.

NANCY: Oh, sure, now I have to buy that book too...lol

KELLY: I also released a short-story collection which is free on Smashwords. So you guys go buy it. It's not lesbian-themed (though I have one of these coming out soon). These stories will appeal to anyone regardless of sexuality. This collection is for $2.99 on Amazon and BN. They would not let me set a free price.

NANCY: I keep telling my bosses that they have to give me an allowance because I always buy a book after an interview.

KELLY: Yes, do buy The Odd Couple.

NANCY: Do you any little quirks when you write, like favorite pen, favorite paper, time of day, etc?

KELLY: And as for quirks, no, not really. I do get a frappy every day but that's about it. I usually enjoy my frappy while I write but not necessarily.

NANCY: Are you often a character in your book?

KELLY: Every author probably puts part of herself in all her books. I think for me that shines through especially in my characters who are in a sort of "gray" area. They don't really belong anywhere (like Frances in Strange Bedfellows). But am I a character... no. Sorry to say, I would not be very interesting to write about

NANCY: I doubt that...very much so.

KELLY: Well thank you.

NANCY: Do you base any of your characters on people you know?

KELLY: On people I know -- nope. These characters are 100% my creations. I know some people base characters on people they know, but I've never been tempted to. It seems limiting to me.

NANCY: I want to go a back little...what do you mean by "sort of gray" area?

KELLY: Well, in real life, good people often do bad things. And a lot of people feel like they don't belong. In a lot of books, often one (or both) leads will have pretty much perfect lives. They belong somewhere. They are secure. That isn't true for many people in real life, though. Take Frances. Essentially, she is a good person who has done bad things and KNOWS she has done bad things and that it has to stop. She also knows she isn't in the right place. She isn't an ex-gay, just a pretender. But the GBLT community might not accept her because of who she was. So she's in a gray area. She knows she's gay but her family told her all her life being gay was wrong.

NANCY: Gotcha

NANCY: How easy is it for you to name your characters? I have written an entire story without names because they're difficult for me.

KELLY: Oh wow. Seriously? Do you have placeholders like A, B, C?

NANCY: Yes I did, actually I use X and Y, thank you very much.

KELLY: But the other characters didn't get names either?

NANCY: I tried putting a name in and because it wasn't what I wanted, I couldn't write.

KELLY: Naming is pretty easy for me. If I am having trouble, I go to a baby names book. In the book I am working on now Third one of the leads is named Yalia. Her name had been Talia earlier, but I changed to Yalia. So I do adapt if need be. (Note: her book Third, is published. My bad for the time delay between the interview and the posting)

NANCY: I like the name Yalia, BTW
KELLY: Thanks. Her full name is Yalia Rose Yamato, so there's that smoothness

NANCY: Wow, that's a name.

KELLY: She's 1/4 Japanese. One thing I try to do in my books is have some minority characters. This didn't happen in my first two books, but I've made conscious decisions since then to have them in there. Though I probably should put more minorities in.

NANCY: Next question, what do you do if a story stops flowing?

KELLY: It depends on the reason the story stops flowing. The approach depends on the specific issue. Generally speaking, a walk or some time off to "recuperate" usually will do the trick. And if the choke hold continues, it may just be time to call the book unwriteable as it is, at least for the time being.

NANCY: Really? Have you done that before?

KELLY: Kinda abandoned a book, you mean?

NANCY: Yes

KELLY: Yep. Though that was AFTER it was written, so that probably doesn't count. But here's an example that may be more relevant.

NANCY: So, you have a book that's basically finished and you abandoned...just gave up...what?

KELLY: It has to do with Waiting. The characters of Caris and Lena just were not gelling. It was not working. I did not want to abandon the story, though, so I tried to come up with other pairings that would work. I ended up pairing Caris with Erin Novotny, a mistress of Dale's. They DID gel. I fell in love with Erin the way I do with all my leads. Erin was not some poor substitute. I sent Waiting to a publisher, and the publisher really liked it but thought it got too soap-operaey in the second half. I saw the publisher's point and figured as long as I had an extensive rewrite, I might as well go back to the original pairing I had (Caris and Lena). So I did. By that time, my writing skills had increased so that I was able to make Caris and Lena together gel.

NANCY: I've heard some authors say that sometimes a character will "take over a story". Do you fine that true, or do you have total control over all the characters and events?

KELLY: I usually don't outline. I have a few paragraphs' summary to get me started writing, and I let the characters' story come from me as I write.

NANCY: So the character DOES have control of your story?

KELLY: Heck no. I'm the author. I control the character, but the character has a lot of say in her life. You could say I'm like a medium with veto power.

NANCY: LOL Bossy little thing aren't you?

KELLY: Haha well, the characters won't write themselves.

KELLY: If something doesn't work for the story, I'll toss it out the window.

NANCY: Too bad more authors aren't more like that.

KELLY: If another method works for them, then power be to them.

NANCY: what I mean was that some authors seem to think everything they write belongs in the story.

NANCY: Next question, how much research goes into your books?

KELLY: Depends on the subject. If it is a subject I don't know a lot about, then a lot of research obviously. I had to research high class call girls and persistent vegetative states, for example.

NANCY: How did you research high class call girls and was it expensive?

KELLY: Haha. I'm going to make myself mysterious and say no comment on the call girls question?

NANCY: Can I ask your wife?

KELLY: Sure, she just got home

NANCY: Ask her

KELLY: One second

KELLY: This is Melanie, Kelly's wife...she is mysterious.

NANCY: But what about the call girls? Her legions want to know

KELLY: OK, Melanie's gone. I guess she isn't answering the question.

NANCY: Cop out

KELLY: Maybe (if I want to be more mysterious) maybe she was involved too?

NANCY: LOL Wow the fun I could have with that.

KELLY: I joke a lot, and I wish I had a more interesting answer than: "No, I didn't actually patronize a call girl."?

NANCY: Just one more question and I'll drop the call girls

KELLY: Oh, talking about call girls is fine with me?

NANCY: Did you pay her or did she pay you (your wife)

KELLY: Oh wow... ha. We paid each other.

NANCY: I want pictures.

KELLY: OK sure I'll send ya pictures of old men with call girls?

NANCY: Hey, don't be threatening my computer.

KELLY: Be careful what ya ask for!

NANCY: Duly noted.

KELLY: The call girl inspiration came from Eliot Spitzer mostly btw.

KELLY: I love knowledge, though, so I usually don't mind research. There have been a few story ideas I tweaked or changed because I didn't feel like researching a particular aspect or didn't feel confident enough to express a character's story. For example, in Third, Yalia was supposed to have cancer. I nixed that. I felt I could not convey the nitty gritty details of having cancer in an authoritative manner.

NANCY: That makes sense.

NANCY: Do you read all of your reviews?

KELLY: Not anymore.

NANCY: Why did you stop?

KELLY: This blog post explains why: http://www.qkellybooks.com/2012/01/why-i-am-not-reading-reviews-anymore.html

NANCY: If you had no outlet for your books or stories, would you still continue to write?

KELLY: You mean if no one was around to read them?

NANCY: No, if there was no way to sell them

KELLY: OK, like post online for free, you mean?

NANCY: Kinda

KELLY: I probably would continue to write but not like I do. I'd write more sporadically for sure.

NANCY: Like there's no online bookstores, no brick and mortar stores.

KELLY: Hmm. In that case, I would probably set up my own online store (which I do have, btw) -- and sell through that. I could probably build up some kind of base.

NANCY: Well, yeah, your legions...of three

NANCY: What do you mean, not like you do?

KELLY: I write a lot now. I can kind of afford to do that because I know the money will come later. If I knew no money would come of it, I would use my time to do things that would make money

NANCY: I like honesty.

KELLY: Heh well it's just a fact about money.

NANCY: Is there any kind of book you would never write?

KELLY: I hate to say "never" because people change and situations change. So-- nope, there is no kind of book I would never write.

NANCY: Really?

KELLY: Well, sure. Is that surprising?

NANCY: 90% of people answer this by saying "erotica".

KELLY: I don't like to limit myself.

KELLY: Wow. Interesting. Erotica would be fun to write, I think.

NANCY: I agree, totally. The first short story I wrote was erotica, on a bet

KELLY: Daresay I ask what the bet was?

NANCY: Wait, who's doing the interview? LOL

KELLY: I am.

KELLY: Come on, ya can tell me?

NANCY: I said I thought erotica would be easy to write and I was told to put up, or shut up...so I wrote.

KELLY: Was it a good erotica story?

NANCY: It worked for me.

KELLY: "worked" huh?

NANCY: Yup, worked.

KELLY: I could definitely see myself writing erotica short stories or novellas.

NANCY: When I write, I write things I know. I cook, I remodel houses, and so I use that knowledge for the basis of some of my stories. So have you thought of having a deaf person as one of your main characters? Or would that be too close to home?

KELLY: The first book I wrote had a deaf main character. So, nah, not too close to home. Also, in Third, one of the characters is a professor at Gallaudet University. I'm sure I'll have other deaf characters later.

NANCY: The first book, is that The Odd Couple?

KELLY: No, The Odd Couple is my first published book. The book with the deaf character is the one that was rejected all over.

NANCY: Is that what you were referring to when you said the readers could not connect, because the character was deaf?

KELLY: No, it wasn't because the character was deaf. At least, I don't think so. Deaf or not, all people go through similar emotions and feelings. It is true, however, that being deaf is a singular experience hearing people do not understand. My writing just was not "there." People usually should rip up their first few books?

NANCY: Now I'm curious, I'd like to read it.

KELLY: Well, curiosity killed the cat. ;-) But the cat probably had an awesome life up until then. The book is out now, so you can buy it. It has been revised and edited extensively for publication.

NANCY: Do you plan your books out in detail, or just write.

KELLY: I muse over ideas for a good few days. A lot is in my head. I write a few paragraphs' summary and go from there. I do try outlining but it doesn't do much good because the story doesn't go where the outline tells it to.

NANCY: Don't you get confused with all that crap in your head?

KELLY: Oh no. I love having a whole other life in my head.

NANCY: And I don't mean "crap" in a bad way, BTW.

NANCY: Do you edit as you write, or just finish the whole story and go back?

ELLY: Oh boy... I'm the queen of editing as I write. That probably is natural because I am an editor by trade. Some authors write a chapter and post the chapter to their Yahoo group or whatever I am like... "Wow! How can they do that?" With me, I usually write something later that requires me to go back and change stuff. And this happens more than often. I will read previous chapters a lot. Yep I'm a definite editor as I go. I do type well and have good grammar, so the editing isn't THAT kind.

KELLY: Maybe "as I go" isn't the most accurate phrase, but I will often edit what I wrote yesterday or a few days ago.

NANCY: Yes you do...type well and have good grammar.

KELLY: THunks yEw

NANCY: What do you find "most challenging" in writing?

KELLY: Oh wow. Hmm. Probably translating the movie in my head to words on a computer screen. What I see in my head is beautiful, wonderful, perfect. Putting it into word form is hard as all hell.

NANCY : You seem to have it down very good, the translating I mean.

KELLY: Yeah I think I do. OK maybe it isn't "hard as all hell" per se, but it is definitely not quick. A stat out there says that ninety percent of writing is editing, and that is true. No doubt.

NANCY: What's the hardest part of the story, beginning, middle or end?

KELLY: The end, probably. I usually have several endings in mind, and I waffle among (or between) them. Sometimes it can be hard for me to choose one. I had this issue with all three of my books. They could've easily had alternate endings.

KELLY: I don't see this happening with Third though. Keep your fingers crossed

NANCY: Did you ever think of putting alternate endings on your web site?

KELLY: Nah, I don't think I'll put the endings on my website. I don't want to ruin endings for people who haven't read my books. If they read these endings, they'll know how the books did NOT end.

NANCY: Okay, you have a point but, if someone, say "me", wanted them, would you send it to them?

KELLY: Probably not, because I am a perfectionist. I'd have to revise and edit them. I would give the summaries of the endings, though, just not the endings themselves.

KELLY: OK, rescind that. I'm not a perfectionist, or else I'd get nothing done. But I am adamant about putting out high-quality work.

NANCY: The perfectionist part is pretty obvious.

KELLY: Whaaa? How?

NANCY: LOL Writing love/sex scenes, easy or hard to do?

KELLY: Aww.... shoot. “Someday I want to interview you.”

KELLY: Love/sex scenes. Very smooth and fluid in my head, but getting them in words is hard. These are the scenes I rewrite most. However, as my writing has improved, so has my love/sex scenes writing has too. But these will probably always continue to pose special (but good) challenges.

NANCY: Have you ever taken any formal writing classes?

KELLY: No, I have not but I've read what must be like 100 writing books. I'm huge on self-education, so in a way, you could say I took many, many writing classes.

KELLY: Also, I want to say this. I am indie now but my experience with The Odd Couple and working with a publisher was invaluable. It taught me the process, and I am much better off as an indie for it than if I had not been through a publisher before.

NANCY: Now that you are a published author, does it change the way you write?

KELLY: I'm not sure what you mean.

NANCY: Well, before, when you were just writing for you, there were no rules or anything like that. Now that you publish your work, do you take a different approach to how you write?

KELLY: OK, not quite true. I always wrote (well, as an adult anyway) with the goal of getting published. When I was a kid, I didn't write with that in mind (though I did write with winning contests in mind, so...

KELLY: Oh OK, here's something that relates to the indie thing. I know now I can write ANYTHING. I can take risks. I don't have a publisher saying: "Oh, we can't do that. That's too risky." I have freedom. So in a way, yes that does change how I write. I don't think I'd be doing Third if I expected it to go with a traditional publisher.

KELLY: Maybe not how I write, but WHAT I write.

NANCY: And why is that?

KELLY: Third is not a traditional two-woman pairing. It eventually becomes a polyamory story. That's not something I see publishers picking up, especially after saying my other work was not marketable.

KELLY: Third deals with three women falling in love with one another. Technically, a married couple + one

NANCY: Yes, I could see that raising the eyebrows at the publishers, but it is something that I would read.

NANCY: But after reading two and almost three of your books, I can safely say, I would read anything you put out.

KELLY: Would Affinity accept a polyamory story?

NANCY: Yes they would, if it was written well, and I don’t see that being a problem.

KELLY: I'll tell you this though. I had doubts as to whether that would fly, so I posted on Facebook and a Yahoo group. The response was pretty supportive and encouraged me to go ahead with the idea.

KELLY: One author who wrote a threesome story said that book is her lowest seller of the lot, so perhaps Third won't be a blockbuster, but I'm loving writing it.

NANCY: How long ago did she write the book?

KELLY: It's Meghan O'Brien -- The Three in 2006.

NANCY: That was almost 6 years ago, I think things have changed a lot in those 6 years, don’t you?

KELLY: Perhaps, but it still isn't selling hotcakes, from what Meghan said. So who knows? I think as long as I put a good story out there, readers will buy it. So even though Third isn’t selling well, I don't call it a failure. I'm not sure why Third is not selling well. Some people say it's the poly aspect. Some say it's the time travel aspect. Some say it's the historical aspect. It may be a combination of the two or all three. Nevertheless, Waiting and Third are my personal favorites, and I don't regret Third at all. One good thing about me being an indie is that Third is going to stay on shelves forever (at least until I die). It'll earn out its keep in due time, and it may be a late bloomer and become wildly popular later. But, yeah, it'll be a while before I write another poly book. I will have to wait until my income can take the hit.

NANCY: How did it feel to hold your first book?

KELLY: Holding my first book felt pretty good.

NANCY: How about the ones you published yourself?

KELLY: Holding these books, well... anyone can go indie and publish books themselves. So that in itself was not validation. The validation feeling came with the good reviews and the sales. And hopefully later, an award or two.

NANCY: I like that answer...very honest and up front

NANCY: I know there is a lot of indie dreck out there. The stigma is what gave me huge pause about going indie, so why did you go the indie route?

KELLY: Let's look at royalties first. With independent publishing, I can set my own prices. I'm not limited to a publisher's price maximum. I also get to keep 60 percent to 70 percent of sales money. In most cases, the figure will be 70 percent, because the majority of sales are through Amazon's Kindle. With a typical publisher, I would have gotten 30 percent of net distribution. AND *** This is the big question I've been asking myself: What can this publisher (and any publisher, really) do for me that I can't do for myself? The answer is a bit of marketing. But how much? Many of the self-published eBooks I've looked at have higher sales figures than many publishers' books. With any publisher, I will still have to do a lot of marketing and promotion work. The burden will still be on me.

NANCY: Any regrets going indie?

KELLY: Nope! Loving it.

KELLY: I really am loving indie. I'm learning so much and have met so many great people.

NANCY: Ready for some personal questions now?

KELLY: Oh, like call girl was not personal? Hit me!

NANCY: Nah, that was research, remember?

KELLY: Wuuutever?

NANCY: For your personal preference, do you like eBooks or paper?

KELLY : The majority of my reading is eBook. EBooks are portable and convenient. I can download them instantly, too. The last print book I read that was not from the library, I finished and glanced around my house. I went: "Oh no. Where am I going to put this thing?" I love that eBooks don't clutter the house.

NANCY: In a relationship correct? How long have you been together?

KELLY: I got married in Boston -- certificate and everything. We have been together... damn. I need to ask BRB.

NANCY: That is soooo not a good answer!

KELLY: Luckily my wife loves me anyway OK! Together four years and a few months. Married two years and a few months

NANCY: Any pets? And no, the wife doesn't count!

KELLY: Three pets. Two cats and one dog. One cat and the dog were my wife's originally.

NANCY: What kind and their names please.

KELLY: Dopey and Flirt are tuxedo cats. They're 15 and 14 respectively and still get around like they were kittens Chester is a long-haired weiner.

NANCY: Morning person or night owl?

KELLY: I am definitely a night owl. When I have day jobs, I hate getting up in the morning.

NANCY: Mac or pc?

KELLY: Both?

NANCY: Both? So you're a tease and a switch hitter!

KELLY: Haha, no, I'm just gray -- no black and white. Apple and PC both have great stuff.

KELLY: Same idea, I can love print and eBooks at the same time.

NANCY: Do you use your real name or a pen name?

KELLY: Penname (Q. Kelly) -- but I'm not shy about giving out my real name. A lot of people know my real name. I just don't like it much.

NANCY: So are you going to tell me your real name?

KELLY: I told Nancy my real name, but I'm not making it public at this time. Anyone wants to know, email me. I'll also be coming out with another penname for my general (nonlesfic) works.

NANCY: So what is with the Q?

KELLY: It's a cool letter and can stand for anything. If I was doing this again, I'd probably give myself a full first and last name, though.

NANCY: It is cool, I thought it might have been a Bond thing.

KELLY: Oh God... people make that joke all the time. I told myself yesterday the next person to make that joke has to clean house for me. So, you're honored! Thank you very much. I have the cleaning supplies here.

NANCY: Oops...but it was a serious question, I was not making a joke.

NANCY: What do you do for relaxation?

KELLY: Oh boy... are you really asking THAT? After our "amuse myself" convo?

KELLY: OK I'll go for something G-rated and not what popped into my mind immediately.

NANCY: Go for it Q.

KELLY: I like going to Barnes and Noble, getting a frappy, and reading books and magazines there. I walk and I hike. I love playing Wii too, particularly Mario Kart.

KELLY: Writing relaxes me, too.

NANCY: Any hobbies...besides amusing yourself?

KELLY: I do belong to a bowling league. I love bowling. I also love the British royal family. Finding stuff out about their members can be considered a hobby, right?

NANCY: Or stalking, you chose

NANCY: Favorite meal?

KELLY: Probably pizza or chicken and french fries.

NANCY: Are you a cook or a fast food foodie?

KELLY: Neither. When I was single, I'd do microwave stuff and use the Foreman grill. The stove and oven once in a while. My wife loves to cook, so I am lucky.

NANCY: For a get-away, water or woods?

KELLY: Both... and a city! New York City.

KELLY: London, Paris, Rome...

KELLY: I love going to cities.

NANCY: Have you been to any of those cities?

KELLY: I've been to NYC (surprised my wife for her birthday with her first trip to NYC -- see, these types of things make her forgive me for not remembering how long we have been together ) and Rome. (Spent three weeks in all of Italy and a little in Germany.) Can't wait to go to London and Paris someday.

NANCY: If you could have anything you wanted, what would you ask for?

KELLY: I would probably ask for acknowledgement/validation/respect -- probably all tied into one concept.

KELLY: Well, no strike that. That's something I have to earn, not something to ask for.

NANCY: Really? No vacation home, a million dollars?

KELLY: Those are the usual answers. I guess I'd ask for happiness, and for my loved ones to be happy too. But not TOO happy, because then life gets boring.

NANCY: If one of your books were to become a movie, which one would you want it to be?

KELLY: That's a toughie. Maybe Strange Bedfellows because I can see who would play the roles. Strange Bedfellows might play to a wider audience (some straights) as well. But, girl, this question is like asking which of your three children you prefer.

NANCY: I would agree with SB.

NANCY: Who would play the roles?

KELLY: I'm a bit embarrassed to say.

NANCY: You embarrassed? HA!

KELLY: Fiiiineee.... Joely Richardson for Frances. Though seeing Chynna Phillips on "Dancing with the Stars" makes me want her for Frances, too.

KELLY: Elena is a tougher one. Several candidates for her, including Amy Adams and Emily Deschanel. A few others I forget right now. They'd probably cast someone without red hair, so really, sky is the limit there.

NANCY: You are soooo easy...I like that in a woman! But I do like the choices.

KELLY: How is that easy?

NANCY: You gave in pretty fast on telling me who you wanted to play the main characters.

KELLY: Haha, well, that would be a$$holey of me to bring up casting and then not say who I would want cast.?

NANCY: Who are your three favorite authors?

KELLY: I don't have favorite authors, but these people jump to mind because they think outside the box: Roald Dahl and Dave Barry.

NANCY: Never heard of either of them. I will have to check them out.

NANCY: No favorite authors huh?

KELLY: You MUST read Dahl. OK, I'll say Dahl is my favorite. Absolutely.

NANCY: Well, if I must!

KELLY: And this isn't an author per se, but the writers of "MAD Magazine" too.

KELLY: YES! YOU MUST!

NANCY: Now, this next one doesn't have to go in the interview, I am just nosy. How old are you? Your FB pics make you look all of 13.

KELLY: Haha... I get that comment a lot. You can put the answer in. I'm 32.

KELLY: When I taught high school last year, people thought I was one of the students.

NANCY: I can believe that!

NANCY: Anything else you would like to add?

KELLY: I don't think so. But if/when you're ready to be interviewed, let me know. And we'll do ya.

KELLY: And I mean that jokingly-teasingly but also serious. It would be cool.

NANCY: You wanna do me? What’s the wife gonna think?

KELLY: Well, I'll point her to Third?

NANCY: LOL...good answer!

KELLY: Well, you did me a favor, you and Affinity, so I want to do something back. Plus it'd be cool.

KELLY: OK cool! Now I know where to go to stalk you on FB?

NANCY: LOL...I LOVE stalkers!

NANCY: Tell the wifely one I said hi.

NANCY: And I want the REAL answers about the call girls!

KELLY: I will. She gets embarrassed when I put her in call girl situations ha ha. I'm a bit crazy (or a lot crazy) sometimes, but she likes being married to me, so I am doing something right.

NANCY: You must be.

NANCY: Later, and again, thanks for the great interview.

KELLY: Buh bye.

NANCY: Well, that was fun wasn’t it? Kelly was a hoot and a total joy to interview. Still trying to figure out how I lost control of a company I don’t own though. LOL.

Again, I ended up buying some more of her books...this is getting to be expensive! If you haven't been to her web site, you really should, she post some very interesting blogs. And if you check out her Facebook page, you will see that she really does look 13...LOL

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