Tuesday, October 24, 2006


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Since she exploded on the romance publishing scene in 1999, Leslie Kelly has garnered many awards, including two RITA nominations, the highest award from the Romance Writers of America. She is a continual fan favorite among readers and Romance Reviews Today is thrilled she agreed to be our debut author for “Ask Five.”

1. Tell us about yourself.

I'm a stay-at-home mom, with 3 daughters, currently living in Maryland...though my house and most of my belongings are in Florida. Long story short--the housing market there has just crumbled, and we moved up here for my hubby's job. Here's hoping things turn around soon!

My first book was released in 1999, NIGHT WHISPERS, a Harlequin Temptation. (Actually, that book is being reprinted in February 2007...my first reprint! Yay!) I wrote a total of ten Temptations, including the last one ever published, then switched my focus to Blazes and single title contemporary romances for HQN.

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

ASKING FOR TROUBLE is a Harlequin Blaze, and is part of the "Dark And Sexy Night" trilogy. It's a gothic, but with a definitely modern, Blaze flare. The heroine of the story is a research assistant trying to dig up dirt on a notorious serial killer who once resided at Seaton House, a spooky old hotel above the town of Trouble, PA. Once she arrives and meets the current owner, mysterious author Simon LeBeaux, she finds herself in the middle of a real-life murder mystery.

3. What is the hardest part of writing?

Staying disciplined. When I am "into" the story, I can whip off page after page and feel joyful doing it. But if I haven't hit my stride on one, it is pure agony to try to force out the words. And the harder it is to force them out, the less I want to sit at my computer and try. If it weren't for deadlines, I'd have a really hard time staying motivated!

4. What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I love to read and love to spend time with my hubby and my girls. We all really like to travel and enjoy long weekend getaways to New York to catch a few Broadway shows, or to Savannah for some ghost tours. Last year we spent two weeks in Ireland and it was one of the greatest times I've ever had.

5. What’s the most interesting thing about you that very few people know?

Oy, that's a tough one, I'm an open book! lol! Hmm...I guess it's that despite what I do for a living, I am not a terribly romantic person. I'm very pragmatic, not prone to emotion, and am a bit stubborn. Good thing I have my hubby to balance me out--he is a lot more nurturing and romantic than I am!

Thank you, Leslie for chatting with us.
Check out Romance Reviews Today's review of ASKING FOR TROUBLE!


Janice Maynard said...

Hey, Leslie - Nice to "meet" you in cyberspace.

Patti - Great site and interview!

Janice Maynard

Wolfy said...

Hi Patti

Just thought I would drop in and let you know that I like your new site. Great interview with Leslie. Thank you for visiting and doing the interview Leslie.