3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Ann Riley

Kelly Ann Riley

Today we welcome author Kelly Ann Riley to 3 Questions Wednesday. So glad you could drop by, Kelly! First question: Which author would you never tire of and why?

Kelly: There are many authors I really enjoy, but if I had to pick one I’d never get tired of, it would Debbie Macomber. Her books provide wonderful characters, compelling plots and emotionally satisfying endings.

Not only is she a great writer, but she’s a charming and pleasant person to know. Many years ago before I knew who Debbie Macomber was, I was standing behind an author in line at writer’s conference waiting to go into the dining room. We’d seen each other throughout the conference and chit-chatted a bit. She again struck a conversation and when the line moved, she apologized for not inviting me to sit with her because but she had to sit at a table up front.  It wasn’t until later during the meal that I realized Debbie was the keynote speaker. Despite being a busy important woman at this conference, she had taken the time to make a shy unknown writer feel welcome and comfortable.

When I feel discouraged and lacking in motivation, I like to read Debbie’s nonfiction motivational book, Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern for Your Life. In the book Debbie shares her journey and discusses finding God’s purpose for your life and to always to believe in your dreams.

Debbie has Skyped in and discussed her latest books several times with our small local book club. She’s awesome! Now let’s talk about villains. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Kelly: It’s hard to pick just one, but generally the villains that I find most interesting are complex, intelligent and worthy of being a formable adversary for the heroine or hero.  A recent example of a villain who intrigued me was Khan from the movie Star Trek Into Darkness.  Even though Khan was one of the bad guys his motive was to save his people. His motive was noble and hit you at gut level and it also set up great tension and conflict. Captain Kirk and Khan had to work together to save their crews but if Khan was successful it would lead to the ultimate destruction of the “inferior” human race.  Another ironic twist in the end is that if they don’t spare Khan’s life, Kirk will die. The complexity of Khan and his mission made him one of my favorite fictional villains.

I love all the Star Trek movies. Science fiction books and movies are always teeming with interesting villains. How about you?  What project are you currently working on?

Kelly: There never seems to be time to work on all the projects I have planned, but currently I’m working on a romantic suspense about an ex-army medic who must team up with a Montana rancher who had once broken her heart to prove she is innocent of murder.  I’m also revising a humorous mystery series about an ex-NASA engineer and LAPD Detective that I’m hoping to sell this year.

My latest cozy mystery with Guideposts books was recently released and is available on the Guideposts website. For the Birds Book 19 in Secrets of Blue Hill Library by Kelly Ann Riley w/a Emily Thomas. Link to the book on Guideposts Books:  http://www.shopguideposts.org/secrets-of-the-blue-hill-library-185/for-the-birds-book-19-secrets-of-the-blue-hill-library-2397.html

**Something interesting about the book is that the parrot Lorenzo that you see on the book cover was inspired by my yellow-napped Amazon parrot also called Lorenzo.

I love the idea of using your own pet for the book cover model. 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit, Kelly!  If you like to win the giveaway which includes a copy of For The Birds and a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, please leave a comment below.

For the Birds

Coraline Watson brings her yellow-napped Amazon parrot to the library For the Birds Coverone night for the Birders Club meeting, and Liddie takes an instant liking to the beautiful bird. Anne doesn’t pay much attention to Coraline’s wild stories about spies from a nearby chemical company, until the next morning, when the parrot, Lorenzo, appears at Liddie’s window. Anne tries to return the bird, but Coraline’s house is dark and empty, the front window is broken, and no one knows where Coraline has gone. Did she stumble across some actual intrigue? Are her theories true about the chemical company trying to steal a local bird refuge for its own use? Or has Coraline managed to abscond with the Birders Club funds?

Meanwhile, Liddie is taken with Lorenzo and wants a parrot of her own. There’s even a cage in the attic it could live in. When Anne examines the cage, she realizes it was built for carrier pigeons. Did Aunt Edie own them?

Anne’s research leads to a fascinating discovery in her great aunt’s past.

Since winning RWA’s Golden Heart for Best Inspirational in 2009, Kelly Ann Riley has written ten novels for Guidepost Books and Harlequin Inspired Suspense. She enjoys writing cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. Kelly Ann is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have been finalists in numerous contests including RWA’s Rita contest and ACFW’s Carol Award.  Kelly Ann lives in rural north Alabama with her engineer husband, son, daughter and numerous spoiled pets.  She can be contacted through her web site www.KellyAnnRiley.com.





12 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Ann Riley

  1. Thank you for the interview Kelly. I haven’t read a book by Debbie Macomber in years. I may just have to try to find one to read 🙂
    I love the cover with the parrot, too.


  2. Thank you Tonja! I had such fun writing about a parrot so much like my own bird. And I find reading a Debbie Macomber book like visiting an old friend. You may not have seen her in years but the warmth and friendship is still there. Have an awesome day!

  3. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors too. I would enjoy reading your book. I’m wanting to find out if maybe there are spies from a nearby chemical company. Enjoyed meeting you today 🙂
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  4. Need to read all your stories. So proud of you Kelly. I’m glad you are getting to do something you enjoy so much. Best success for more books in the future.

  5. Great questions and wonderful answers! And I love that we get Macomber and Star Trek in the same blog post — can an Inspirational space adventure be in your future? 🙂 Seriously, your broad scope of interests definitely show up in your writing since you’re always able to bring a wide range of characters to life for your readers. Looking forward to seeing that mystery series on the shelves soon!!


  6. I think Star Trek’s Khan is a great complex villain, too–and thought it was cool how we could learn so much about him AND Kirk, the hero, from the fascinating circumstances of their latest story. For the Birds looks like a great read, and your heroine seems like someone I’d like to meet!

  7. Hi Marlene! You are so right about Khan and Kirk and how much we learned about them in the last movie. Really cool! And I know my heroine would like to meet you too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


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