Hi Kelly! Welcome to my place at PlotMamas. We love having playdates here, so thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on the release of your novel, The Legacy Keeper’s Treasure, with Decadent Publishing. Having been to your website, I could see that this interview would be a lot of fun. So why don’t we start playing?
Deena: The Legacy Keeper’s Treasure is a paranormal romance set in Ireland. What made you choose Ireland as your setting?
Kelly: I’m fascinated by the place, every picture I’ve ever seen has enveloped a luscious green landscape. I’m determined that someday when I’m rich and famous, I’m going to take at least a month and go there to do nothing but enjoy it. Since writing the story, I’ve actually had a few people from Ireland visit the Hallmark store I help manage, which has been so exciting for me. Then, and I took this as a sign that good things were coming for me, a week before release we received a Willow Tree figurine called Irish Charm! I bought it of course, couldn’t resist.
Deena: Which character of the Legacy Keeper’s treasure do you identify with the most and why?
Kelly: I think I identify most with Marilyn. She was so fun to write. She’s quirky, mischievous, and the type of woman you just have to be friends with.
Deena: Have you ever had a ghostly experience?
Kelly: I have actually, but nothing as glamorous as what I wrote in the book. I had an experience as a child, the kind that makes you not want to be alone in your room at night, but we aren’t going to dwell on that one as I try not to think about it often. As an adult, I had a very real encounter in the woods where my Grandfather’s ashes were spread after his passing. He was a hunter and loved the wilderness. On the year anniversary of his death my youngest sister and I took my kids and went to ‘his tree’ and put flowers, some pictures, etc. I had taken my digital camera along and we were snapping pictures of the kids playing. My grandpa passed away just months before my twins were born, so he never saw them. At one point I’m standing back from the tree and I snapped a picture, there was nothing visible when I clicked the button on the camera but when the picture popped up on-screen for review there was this huge gray blob near where the twins were. I wasn’t afraid because I knew it could only be one person. I uploaded all the pics when I got home, and blew that one up on the photo program and it’s definitely not a swarm of gnats like my husband tried to claim. It also looks like the silhouette of a man bending down, his hand outstretched to touch my daughter’s face. It was a very peaceful feeling for me knowing he got to see my children that day.
Deena: Could you tease us a little with an excerpt from Legacy Keeper’s Treasure?
Kelly: One man had caught her attention, even in the madness of being tossed around like a hot potato. He stood back against the far wall, watching, his piercing blue eyes scorching her skin from across the room. Those eyes were so familiar and yet she couldn’t place where she’d seen them. She watched him most of the night, stole glances when she couldn’t feel the heat of his stare on her. He was tall, muscular, and handsome beyond words. His hair was longer than she was used to on a man, but it suited him, the golden tangles lying upon his shoulders. He looked rugged, mysterious. His faded blue jeans, button down shirt, and work boots were as far from suits and ties as one could get, and she liked it. Thinking of him now, as Hanna rambled on about the locals, she felt a tingle. It had been quite some time since the thought of a man gave her that kind of feeling.
Deena: What outdoor activity would you use to describe your life right now, and why?
Kelly: Fishing, haha. I’m sitting in the boat, got the bait on my hook and I’m just waiting peacefully for the fish to start biting. :)
Deena: Would you fill in the blanks for us?
Kelly: • If you can’t say anything nice, then don‘t say anything at all.
• I’d rather be an open book than a closed case.
• What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
Deena: What’s next for you?
Kelly: I just finished writing a Christmas based short story that I hoped to submit to Decadent Publishing by the end of September, if not sooner. I’m working on a novel called Pixie Dust with I’m aiming to have the rough draft finished by the holidays. My alter ego, who shall remain nameless at this point in time, is working on a very erotic novel which I hope to have ready for submission by the first of the year! So, I’m busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, keeps me focused!
Deena: Where can we find you on the internet?
Kelly: You can find me lots of places…
I’d love to hear from everyone! I’ll answer any questions asked, and I never turn down a friend request. :)