Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ask Five with...Karen Kelley!!!

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One of the most anticipated books for my TBB list is Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind by Karen Kelley. The premise of a human, an alien and Ms. Kelley’s sexy brand of writing had me wanting this from the first moment I read a blurb. Plus, Karen is always a hoot to talk with. You never know what she’s up to. LOL

If you haven’t read a Karen Kelley book, then march yourself to the bookstore!

1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?

Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind is my next book and comes out April 1, 2007.

It's about an alien, Mala, who lives on the perfect planet but when she watches a documentary (Debbie Does The Sheriff) that her interplanetary traveling grandmother had stashed away, she knows she has to go in search of a sheriff of her own.

Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind was a fun book to write. My local writers group always told me that comedy was my strength. I took their advice with this book. So far, the reviews have been great--maybe my writers group was right?

2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Ideas are everywhere. I never have to look very far. Like today, the plumber came over--wait, scratch that idea. The visual just wasn't there. LOL The newspaper is a good place to start. A local newspaper man decided he would dance with a male review that was going to be in town, and write an article in the local paper. I started playing the what if game and came up with a hero who challenges the people of New Orleans to come up with 10 jobs and he would do them. From that, Southern Exposure was born. Sometimes I'll come up with a great title, sometimes a character.

3. What is the hardest part of writing?

Actually writing! It's so much more fun to dream up stories. Writing is really hard. You sit in front of a computer for hours on end and hope the characters will come visit--and not the ad you looked at telling about the big sale going on at J.C. Penney.

4. How do you stay motivated?

It's when the characters do come out to play that I have the most fun. They whisper the funniest stuff in my ear and make me laugh. I think that's what motivates me the most. I want to know what's going to happen next as much as the reader.

5. What books are coming up in the next few months from you?

Sept. 2007: Double Dating With The Dead.

The last thing psychic Selena James wants to do is spend two weeks with cynical Trent Sanders in the infamous haunted hotel of Garvey County with two sex-starved ghosts.

Sept. 2007: The Morgue The Merrier anthology with Rosemary Laurey and Dianne Castell: My story is about two song writers who are calling it quits but a dead Elvis Impersonator has other ideas. I wrote a bonus book for this anthology and resurrected the Elvis impersonator--so to speak.

Oct. 2007: I'm Your Santa anthology with Lori Foster and Dianne Castell. I revisited Two Creeks, Texas. Bailey is Wade's sister (from Southern Comfort).

Karen, thank you for the fun interview! To learn more about Karen Kelley and her books, visit her website at


Anonymous said...

Your writer's group was partially correct. You do have a great talent for comedy, but you're certainly no slouch with other qualities also: fun, sexy, emotions, heat factor, and you know how to put it all together to make the book almost impossible to put down once starting it.

Looking forward to reading more by you! Sept seems a looooooong time away.

Judy F said...

I loved this book it was a hot and sexy and very funny

Patti said...

Omigod! I just started reading Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind and it is sooooooooo good. Karen has me laughing out loud.