Author Spotlight/Interview: Lucy A. Kelly

Posted March 29, 2013 by sarah in Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 8 Comments

BIO: I’m not really going to write a biography. Though I am supportive of the high schools and colleges I have attended, it’s probably not actually the most interesting stuff about me. I’m going to do a list of five really random things instead for now.

1) I like making lists. It’s weird, and I never actually scratch things off of the list.
2) I sing and dance in the car like a maniac.
3) For the first six years of my life, I truly believed a shark lived under my bed. I watched Jaws at too young of an age.
4) Without a doubt, I am a night person. I am enormously grumpy when first woken up in the morning.
5) When I was younger, I read almost every Nancy Drew book, both new and old. I had a notebook, and I would take notes to see if I could figure out who the “bad guy” was before Nancy did. We probably tied.

You can contact Lucy…
She is open to any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact her.

OVERVIEW: Is there a way to describe the ties that bind us together? What
happens when
one of those ties is unexpectedly severed? Can
everything else remain the
same? Will the other ties hold strong?

Two years after her little
brother’s death, sixteen year old Emerson
Caulfield returns to a home that
she spent the last two years missing.
In theory, everything should be the
same. Her best friend, Matt,
still lives next door. Her house is in the exact
same condition as
they left it. The scenery and hallways haven’t changed, yet
Emerson, everything is completely different. The place may be
same, but Emerson is most certainly not. She returns home hurt,
and miles away from the girl she once was.

Sarah’s Review:  I really enjoyed this book and the characters.  I found myself lost in the book and couldn’t wait to get back to it.  It is believable situations that make your heart go out to the characters.  I can’t wait to read the second book to see where the characters end up!

Interview with Lucy

When will the next book be out for Holding On and Letting Go?
At this very moment, I am a little over 43,000 words into writing it. I am looking at an end of May release date barring any disasters. I know where I’m headed, so it should be a fun ride to the end.
Who’s POV’s will it be from?
The next book is senior year in Savannah’s perspective. In a way, it makes complete sense. In Holding On and Letting Go, we get to see what makes Emerson tick and how she ends up where she is. As a reader, I want to see where Savannah is and spend some time with her. As a writer, Savannah is such a fun character to write in terms of point of view because of her utter lack of filter. There’s a second POV in the next book as well, but some things are better left as surprises.
Do you have a playlist while writing? If so can you share a few songs with us.
Yes, I have a playlist. For this book, there were a handful of songs that I listened to nonstop. It’s kind of a diverse list. You would think I’d be sick of the songs by now, but I like them even more if it’s possible. I associate the songs with the experience of writing the first book.
Kelly Clarkson–“Catch My Breath”; Natasha Bedingfield–“A Little Too Much”; Muse–“Madness”; Coldplay–“Fix You”; Eminem–“Lose Yourself”, Tristan Pettyman–“I Was Going to Marry You”; Jeff Buckley–“Hallelujah”; Perry– “If I Die Young”

What was the first book/story you wrote?
The first book I wrote is sitting on a flash drive in my desk. I may do something with it some day. It’s an interesting story and not at all like Holding On and Letting Go. Honestly, I have no idea why I didn’t publish it. It’s titled The Turn of Winters. It’s also YA.
If you could have lunch with any author (past or present) who would it be?

I am 99% certain that once I answer this question, I will wish I picked a second answer. For that reason, I’m picking three authors. 1) David Sedaris. I love sarcasm, and if I could have David Sedaris for a best friend, I would take him. 2) Randy Pausch. The Last Lecture struck something in me that books rarely do. I really believe in following your dreams and helping others to do the same. Quite honestly, he was brilliant. Who wouldn’t want to chat with him for a bit? 3) Emily Bronte. In my opinion, it’s easier to write a book with happy endings. When I write sad scenes, I have to go there with the character, and that can be heartbreaking. Emily Bronte created the love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. It doesn’t get much more heartbreaking than that love story.

What book are you reading right now?

Falling Into You. I actually just started it this week. I probably read two to three books a week.
What do you do in your spare time?

Obviously, I love to read. Currently, I have a full time job besides writing, and I’m also in the middle of planning my wedding. I wish I had more spare time. Honestly, I sleep in my free time. I’m also slightly obsessed with the television shows Once Upon a Time and Revenge at the moment.

Do you read in the bathtub?

Not since Nooks and Kindles appeared. For the first month that I had an e-reader, I felt like such a sell-out. I love book stores. At one point in my life, I wanted to own one. If you’ve seen the movie, You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I wanted Meg Ryan’s book store. With that said, I’m a really fast reader, and I refuse to get rid of books. For the sake of space, e-books are a better fit for me.
Favorite candy as a kid?
Easy. Swedish Fish. If someone sent me a bag right now, it would be gone by the end of the day.
Favorite place to travel?
The beach. Because of family vacations, Myrtle Beach, SC, will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m just a beach girl. Some people go on vacation to sight see and tour. I go on vacation to play in the waves, read books while I dry off, eat dinner, and get overly competitive about miniature golf. If I can fit shopping in there, that’s a plus.
Anything else we should know about you?
Tough question. As a writer, I am determined to become a force in the YA world of literature. I already have two books planned out for after I finish this initial series of four. As a person, I believe in compassion for all and holding true to your beliefs. It’s all too easy to lose those things, and I find myself making an effort everyday to remember what’s actually important to me.

Giveaway Time!

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8 responses to “Author Spotlight/Interview: Lucy A. Kelly

  1. I have a Nook, Nook Tablet & iPad that I use for both reading AND writing. I also have about 1000 physical books, maybe more. I haven't counted in awhile. 🙂

  2. Hi, author here. I had a nook. Went to a nook color. I think I am going to spread my wings and go for the kindle soon. I'm an equal opportunist e-reader. Before my fiance proposed to me, I made him promise that one day I could have a room full of books with a sliding ladder. At the rate I'm going, I might have a shelf full of e-readers on there too.

  3. Is a Kindle paperwhite what it sounds like? I am really curious as to what kindle is most popular among users. My biggest concerns are how much will it store and can I adjust the brightness. I can't actually fall asleep without reading a few pages of a book before bed. All of my friends and family refer to my bed as command central because I sleep with my mac at the bottom of the bed and normally fall asleep while I'm still holding the nook. The good news is I barely move in my sleep. I can tell you that both the mac and nook can withstand an occasional bump off the bed. They can also withstand a 30 lb dog jumping up and making herself at home in the bed.

  4. Nikki, I would be lost without mine. And I would be so much more impatient. I don't mind waiting for appointments or the doctor's office now because it's just an excuse to sneak in reading.

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