Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Author Interview–Leslie Kelly @lesliekelly

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How important are friends in your life?

I have a few very good friends, and probably a lot of casual ones. I think the good friends are irreplaceable. I have one friend who was my best friend throughout middle and high school. We lived many states apart for twenty years, but since I have come back to Maryland, we’ve reconnected, and honestly, it’s like the years and the miles never existed. We fell right back into that wonderful kinship we always shared. I don’t know what I’d do without her, or without my other closest writer friends, who I know have always got my back. All that said, though, my husband is my best friend. He’s the one I can talk to about absolutely anything. We share each other’s dreams and constantly support each other. I just can’t imagine life without him.

How many friends does a person need?

I think if someone has a REAL best friend–the kind of friend who would absolutely lay down on a bed of nails for you–they should count themselves lucky. I’d rather have one person I know I can trust with my life and with my dreams than twenty II can drink wine with and then not speak to for a month.

What does love mean to you?

Love means HAVING to say you’re sorry. (I hate that stupid quote from Love Story. Why wouldn’t you say you’re sorry to someone you love, if you’ve done something to hurt them? Sorry–rant over!) To me, true love is about partnership–no one is the senior partner, it’s all equal. Love knowing down to your soul that you’d rather hurt yourself than hurt the other person. It’s knowing about being with someone whose happiness, safety and welfare you put before your own. If you care more about their happiness and well being than you do about your own, you love them. It’s about always wanting that person to be the one you go to with your very best news or your very worst.

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about?

I get really interested in historical periods or events and I love to learn more about them online. I go through non-fiction, or historical fiction times, when I’ll read eight straight books about the Tudors, or the medieval era, or World War II, and then I’ll go online and read more about what I’ve read. I love just Googling and learning.

Do you find the time to read?

I do not turn off the light and go to sleep until I’ve read. I just can’t. I read every single night of my life.

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.

I just bought and read an entire series called The Breakers by an author named

Edward W. Robertson. I’ve loved them–they’re dystopian. A virus wipes out 99% of humanity, and then the aliens arrive. Very cool. I really admire how he’s taken his story and come at it from different points of view with every book. You see the overall story (the virus, the invasion) from so many angles and perspectives, it always stays fresh.

Who do you admire?

I admire a lot of people, but the first person who popped in my mind is my oldest daughter. She’s a lovely, gentle, kind-hearted young woman who wants nothing more, and nothing less, to make the world a better place. She’s getting a master’s degree in peace-keeping from American University, and is about to set off to Africa on a humanitarian mission. She’s amazing. I sometimes wonder where on earth she came from.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I don’t have much patience. I’m much more the type to rush through and just do something than stop and figure out the best way to do it.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.” – H.P. Lovecraft

I really like this quote because I’m a Lovecraft fan, and because I love writing at night. He’s captured the essence of why.

What is your favorite color?

Green! Maybe that’s why I so love Ireland…and the lovely rolling hills of western Maryland where I live.

What is your favorite food?

I love fruity, chewy candy. If given the choice between expensive chocolates and Starburst, I would always go for the Starburst. Or Skittles, Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish. I guess I have a kid’s taste in candy.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?

Home. Wherever that is. It’s not the house I’m living in, but the people living in it with me. Anywhere my family is. That sounds pithy, but it’s true. I can be happy anywhere as long as I’m with my loved ones.


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Genre - Thriller

Rating – R

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