Saturday, 22 December 2012

Author Interview – Kelley Graellis


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? My freshman year high school world history teacher always stressed the importance of obtaining a marketable skill in order to be employable.  I think this was solid advice!  It doesn’t matter if you go to college or enter a trade; what matters is that you have a skill that is in demand.
Favorite Food? Salsa & chips are my weakness.
Nickname? Annie.  My middle name is Ann and ever since I was little, my Dad has called me Annie.
How do you react to a bad review? You have to have a bit of a thick skin when you’re an author.  It’s a deeply personal thing to write a book and share it with the world.  Of course you want everyone to love your baby, but there is no way every single person will love it.
For a less than stellar review, I try to determine what I can learn from it to improve my next novel.  If a reviewer doesn’t like my novel because it’s not their favorite type of story, I’m still appreciative when they state this in their review and give me credit for what they think I did right (i.e. good dialogue, well edited, etc).
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? A canary yellow Corvette, just like the one mentioned in my book.  I’ve wanted a yellow Corvette ever since I was a little girl.
What do you do in your free time? Most of my free time is dedicated to writing and the self-promotion of my book.  I also enjoy exercising, riding my motorcycle and hanging out with my hubby.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. On a workday, my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m.   I’m on the road by 6:45 and at my desk around 7:30.  If I’m not working through lunch, I try to do something related to my writing – research a locale, rewriting, researching how to best connect with my audience, etc.  I leave work at 4:30.  Some days I head to the gym after work and if I do, I’m generally home around 6:30.  Then I spend whatever time I have left on writing and marketing.  I stop working at 8:00 to spend time with my hubby.  I’m in bed at 9:00 and we watch TV until 10:00 and then it’s lights out to do it all over again.
What’s your favorite season/weather? I love autumn.  I love the cooler weather, wearing jeans, a sweatshirt & flip flops and the colors of the changing leaves.  There’s also something about this particular season that is inspiring to me; it’s my favorite time of year to write.
Favorite places to travel? My husband and I love beach vacations and we’re fans of all inclusive resorts.  I recently heard someone coin these types of resorts as ‘fly and flop’ where the only work you have to do is getting there!  So far, my favorites have been Aruba, Saint Lucia and Cabo and our favorite all inclusive chain is Riu.
Favorite music? I’m a huge fan of big hair 80’s rock!  Guns-N-Roses is my favorite band, but I also love Tesla, Poison, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Def Leppard.
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Genre – Paranormal Fantasy
Rating – PG13
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