Friday, February 25, 2011

Author Interview: Kelly Keaton (Blog Tour)

Kelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen. She likes pre-Raphaelite art, moonlight on snow, and MMORPGs. She lives in North Carolina with her family, one Great Dane, and two incredibly hairy cats.

Kelly’s alter ego, Kelly Gay, is a 2010 double RITA finalist and a recipient of North Carolina’s Art Council fellowship grant in literature. She writes the Charlie Madigan series for Pocket Books.
*Bio taken from Kelly's website
Where did the idea for Darkness Becomes Her come from? Why did you decide to take gods and monsters and throw them together?
The idea was simply a germination of a lot of personal 'likes' (Greek mythology, strong heroines, New Orleans, misfits, magic, gods...) and wanting to bring them together. Gods and monsters together is very natural. It's mythology. And tales are full of interactions between gods, humans, and monstrous creatures. I felt that if I was going to base my own lore on Greek mythology then I wanted to take advantage of all these wonderful creatures that are part of Greek mythology, and those who might have found their beginnings at the hands of the gods.
What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for Darkness Becomes Her?
Loved it. But originally my very first look at the cover was of something totally different than what you see now. There was a model on the front, different fonts, different colors... Then, my editor told me they scratched the idea and wanted to go for something totally different, without any model at all. I thought that was cool, to take a different approach. And I loved the result. The final cover is amazing. It's embossed. The gate shimmers. And the tree is a spot gloss design. Pictures online just don't do it justice at all. You really have to see it in person!
 I have yet to see it in person, but I must!
Is it different having a YA book coming out as opposed to an adult book?
Yes and no. It's a new genre, new market. A lot of difference on the business side of things. But at the same time the emotions are the same - similar nerves, fears, hopes, excitement. I'm enjoying the differences though. This is my first hardcover title. It's my first YA. And my first time using the Keaton name, which is a family name and very dear to me.
If you could be one, would you be a god (goddess - for proper terminology) or some kind of monster? If a monster, which one?
Oh, definitely a goddess. Immortality, powers to do most anything, no curses to worry about like needing blood or turning all hairy during a full moon!
 Goddesses are pretty awesome, right? All that power is very alluring.
Is there anything you absolutely need while writing? (Drinks, snacks, music, etc.)
Not really. As long as I have a way to get the words down, I'm good. Although, I do enjoy having my coffee and recliner. :-)
What was the last book you read?
If I Had You by Lynn Kurland. I'm a sucker for a good medieval time travel. I have read this book several times, and just adore Robin of Artane! Jamie MacLeod is probably grumbling right now -- sorry Jamie, I love you too! :D
It's fun to leave the present and explore another time. And medieval times have knights :D
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
Oh, wow, this is hard to answer! Seeing my book on the shelf at Barnes & Noble was pretty insane the first time. And I once backed my big ole SUV into a police cruiser. In the parking lot of the police station. :D No one saw me do it either, but I parked and walked into the station and had to tell the officers gathered there that I kind of, might of hit one of their cars. Oh, the looks I got!
I'm sure that was a fun conversation. It sounds very much like something I'd do though.
And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
My sister's homemade and wonderfully soft mint chocolate chip cookies. They are astonishingly good. At first I was skeptical of mint choc chips, but OMG. Awesome!
I'm not a fan of mint and chocolate together, but maybe if you're sister baked for me I'd change my mind.

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Blog Tour Schedule:
  1. Larissa's Bookish Life - Guest post/Giveaway - February 18th 2011
  2. The Bookish Type - Interview/Giveaway - February 20th 2011
  3. The Book Butterfly - Interview/Giveaway - February 21st 2011
  4. Paper Cut Reviews - Interview/Giveaway - February 22nd 2011 
  5. Fantastic Book Review - Book Summary/Excerpt/Interview/Review/Giveaway - February 21st-24th 2011
  6. Dark Faerie Tales - Interview - February 23rd 2011
  7. Wicked Awesome Books - Interview - February 25th 2011
  8. Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Interview - February 25th 2011
  9. Girl about Books - Interview - February 26th 2011
  10. Good Choice Reading - Guest post/Giveaway - February 27th 2011
  11. Once Upon a Twilight - Top Ten/Grand-prize Giveaway - February 28th 2011


Kelly Gay said...

Thanks so much for having me on your wicked blog, Nikki!! ;-)

~ Kelly (Keaton)

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Being a goddess would be wonderful. My perks would include perpetual good hair days.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Minas said...

Great interview!


~The Book Pixie said...

Those mint chocolate chip cookies sound amazing! lol. I've never been a huge fan of the cover for Darkness Becomes Her but maybe I'd like it better in person. Great interview! :D


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