Hi, Kelly! So glad you dropped by. First question:
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Kelly: The first book, my mainstay which comes to mind, is the Bible of course. Written by the Designer himself, if I have any needs for my writing journey, I go here first for encouragement, direction and even healing.
You may ask, what kind of healing? I was diagnosed with cancer in April 2001. In the bible I found promises from God which kept me going through some serious chemotherapy and leaned on this book for the inspiration, strength and wisdom to know how to deal with that particular bump in the road.
My next choices may not sound so “obvious.” I found Ronie Kendig’s novel Dead Reckoning to be the jump starter in my love of writing suspense. When I was told to add a romantic thread to my current manuscript by a well known expert in the field, I balked. How could I add “romance” to a book that deals with such difficult subjects as trafficking and political corruption?
The answer to my questions came in the form of Beth Vogt’s romance novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She had just the right balance of realism dipped with a touch of young love and I thought, “wow, I could write that!”
The Bible is a main stay for many of us. And I find novels an interesting choice. Now about you…
What secret talents do you have?
Kelly: Hmmm…that’s a rough one. A fairly recent experience revealed a talent I had when a recruiter offered me a job as a life coach. Apparently, this job entails encouraging and advising others on how to overcome personal and business challenges.
Though the offer was attractive, I turned it down. It appeared I made the right decision as shortly after, I was offered a contract with Hartline Literary agency.
Sounds like a win-win situation. 🙂 Last question:
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Kelly: It depends. What do you like to eat? My specialties would probably include traditional fare like pasta, Mexican or meat and potato dishes. We’re not too fancy around here.
But, I can guarantee some laughs and a good time for sure!
I like all of the above. Thanks again for participating in 3 Questions Wednesday!
Kelly is offering to giveaway a print copy of Sweet Freedom With A Slice of Peach Cobbler to one blessed person who leaves a comment. So make sure and tell Kelly “hi.”
From speaking in a Fortune 500 board room to appearing on several local television shows including a taped interview “Kelly’s Miracle.” Public Access television program, The Total Picture, produced the account of how God miraculously healed her from stage 4 cancer after only three months in 2001.
You can read more about how God rescued her from fear resulting from sexual abuse and healed her from cancer in the anthology Sweet Freedom With A Slice Of Peach Cobbler. Sweet Freedom hit number 7 out of 100 free kindle downloads on July 4, 2013.
Her current manuscript was a semifinalist in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis Contest in April 2014. Her novel also won a bronze medal in the Frasier Contest in 2015. This December, Kelly signed with agent Jim Hart from Hartline Literary Agency.
When she’s not busy as a wife or a mom or jet-skiing the shark infested waters off South Carolina, she spends her time writing Christian suspense.