Feb 22, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Kelly Gay plus giveaways

For my eighth Authors After Dark Spotlight, my special guest is Kelly Gay!  *dances*

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

Virgin! And I can’t wait to go. I’ve heard great things about the con, and it’s in NOLA – city of awesomeness.

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a conference, going on two years, I think. So I’m really looking forward to connecting with readers, meeting some folks I know online, but haven’t met in person, and doing a little NOLA recon for my next book.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

Oh boy, tough to not name everyone. I’m a big fan of Adrian Phoenix, so meeting her will be great. And I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of fellow urban fantasy/PR authors who are going and some bloggers I’ve gotten to know from the web.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

Sat on the floor of my nephew’s bedroom in shock. (I was visiting my sister at the time I got the call and had gone into his room in order to talk on the phone). I was in a daze for the whole weekend.

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

So hard to answer this because many are my favorites, but for different reasons. I guess if I had to pick, I’d say SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN. It’s the 4th Charlie Madigan book, and it sees several things, which I put into motion in previous books, come to fruition. I’m very fond of my YA titles as well since they combine my love of Greek mythology and New Orleans.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Not really. The first time I wrote a sensual scene in the Charlie Madigan books—and had a revision phone call with my editor wherein we broached the scene—it was kind of embarrassing at first because my editor is a guy. And, it was just weird to talk to him about sex. But that lasted about ten seconds because he’s so funny and we ended up talking all about the merits of that scene.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

Recently, it’s been Hank. He’s Charlie’s partner. And in the 4th book, which actually comes out shortly before AAD, I got to write portions of it in his point of view. He’s a siren, and he has such a heart breaking past, and a terrible present. It was so much fun to get inside his head. I can’t wait to see what readers think about his current predicament.

On the YA side, I adore writing the villain, the Greek goddess Athena – she used to be good, but in the two thousand years since the Greeks wrote about her, she has changed, becoming bitter and maniacal and so, so bad.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

Acheron all the way! And Nick, I love Nick. (Sherrilyn Kenyon, for anyone who doesn’t know who I’m talking about.) I also love Simon Green’s Eddie Drood, and Jamie, Connor, and Richard from Lynn Kurland’s time travel books.

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I always get a little surprised when I read a negative comment or review based on something that never actually happened in the story. That’s always an odd thing.

On the flip-side, I experience a little shock each time I get fan mail. It still amazes me that people like my stories and get enjoyment out of them or really respond to certain scene. I just got an email today from a young girl in Poland and it was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

Always. In high school, I had a great English teacher who allowed us to choose books most of the time versus a required book. Though we did do class discussions of ones like Canterbury tales, I remember.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

Interview with the Vampire. It wasn’t required reading, but I read it during my English class for ‘reading time’.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

I can’t name just one! The Fifth Element, The Mummy, LadyHawke, Gladiator, The Black Stallion…

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Butter Pecan

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night Owl

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Some may not know that you also write a YA series as Kelly Keaton.  Why did you decide to use a pseudonym for your young adult series?

Mainly because I wanted there to be some distinction between my adult content and my YA content. I wanted readers to know the difference, especially the younger ones.

The second book in your Gods & Monsters series, A Beautiful Evil, was just released yesterday!  *pops the champagne* Tell us about your YA series and this new book.

Excited! I love this book. It’s set in a slightly futuristic New Orleans, a place called New 2, which is now privately owned and run by nine of the oldest (and strangest) families in the city. New 2 is dark, creepy, partly abandoned, and a sanctuary for the paranormal. My character, Ari, is part of a misfit group of kids who live in an abandoned Garden District mansion. She’s on a quest to find out how to remove a curse placed on her family by the goddess Athena.

You also pen, as Kelly Gay, the popular Charlie Madigan series – a gritty and darker Urban Fantasy series.  The fourth book, Shadows Before the Sun, is expected to hit shelves on July 31st 2012.  Can you give us a hint as to what Charlie and friends will be facing in this next installment?

Charlie’s main focus in the book is to rescue Hank, her siren partner, from Fiallan, a city in the heavenly world of Elysia. The book is different from the other three in that the book is told not only from Charlie’s point of view, but also from Hank’s, so we get to see what he’s been going through. Alessandra, the oracle, plays a big role in the book, too. And there are a couple very significant resolutions in the book as well. It’s probably the most violent one I’ve done to date.

Thank you so much Kelly for taking the time to answer some questions.  I recently (finally) picked up the first book in your Charlie Madigan series and found it to be really unique.  Your characters were really well written and your world was amazing.  I am looking forward to reading more.

Thanks, Julie – for having me on your blog and for giving the book a try! 🙂 See you in NOLA!

Kelly is offering not one, but TWO giveaways!  One winner will receive a copy of her latest Charlie Madigan book, The Hour of Dust and Ashes, and one winner will receive the first book in Kelly’s YA series, Darkness Becomes Her.  To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us which book you are entering to win.  Giveaways open in Canada/U.S.  Comments must be left before Sunday, February 26th 2012 11:59EST.  Good luck everyone and THANK you Kelly for the great prizes!

Here’s where you can find Kelly –

  1. Not entering the contest, sadly. Just wanted to thank you for the great interview. You adult books are on my wishlist!

  2. Kathy Webb says:

    Great interview and I am going to be going to the Con in New Orleans..I am so excited!! Anyway, I would love to start either of the series so I guess either book but if I have to pick I would take the first book of the YA… Woo hoo… Hurry up August!

    AKA Kathy (mrsworldwidewebbATcoxDOTnet)

  3. Oh I hadn’t realize Kelly Keaton was your pseudonym!
    I’d love to win The Hour of Dust and Ashes as I already own the YA book ^^
    Thank you very much for the opportunity!

  4. Joella Elbert says:

    Great interview! I would really like to read the YA series, so entering for Darkness Becomes Her. Thanks for the chance to win! joellaelbert@gmail.com

  5. Would love to win The Hour of Dust and Ashes. I am also going to NOLA! First bookcon ever and I have ALWAYS wanted to go to New Orleans.
    Great Interview! Thanks

  6. Rain Maiden Jen says:

    Wish I was attending AAD. Both reads sound kick ass. Thanks for stopping by and the giveaway.


  7. Great interview. I’d love to win a copy of Darkness Becomes Her. Have fun in New Orleans! It’s a city I’ve always wanted to visit.

  8. I ‘d like to try for Charlie’s latest book. Have fun.

  9. michael stigall says:

    I’d love to try for the new Charlie book

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    Since I have The Hour of Dust and Ashes, I’d love to win a copy of Darkness Becomes Her.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  11. Great interview! I’d love to read Charlie’s book. I can’t wait for AAD this year, I am excited to meet everyone.

  12. This is a new series/author for me — can’t wait to read!!!

  13. Great interview.I would like to be entered for The Hour of Dust and Ashes.

  14. Wow. Thanks Kelly for the great interview! Somehow this seems to be the one UF series I haven’t started so I’m excited to get into it. I’d love to win a copy of The Hour of Dust and Ashes. Thanks again!

  15. Great interview. I would love to go to the convention but dont think its in the cards this year.

    Both books sound great. But my first choice is Hour of Dust and Ashes.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. Great interview! I’d like to be considered for the YA-Darkness Becomes Her. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  17. What an awesome interview! I would love to be entered to win a copy of Darkness Becomes Her! Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂

  18. I’d love to win a copy of The Hour of Dust and Ashes. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  19. I already have all of the Charlie Madigan books. Love them!!! I can’t wait for the fourth one to come out. I would like to win your YA novel. I can’t wait to meet you in NOLA at AAD convention. I truly enjoy your books. Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  20. Melissa Bourn says:

    Thanks for te great interview. I love learning about authors who are new-to-me. I haven’t read any of these books, but that will be changing. I would like The Hour of Dust and Ashes.

  21. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! I have and love the Charlie Madigan series and I didn’t know she was writing YA! I would love to try Darkness Becomes her 🙂

  22. Both book interest me. I love YA books. This is tough. I guess The Hour of Dust and Ashes. I love Nick from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, too. I am so glad he has his own series now!

  23. I would like to enter to win Darkness Becomes Her. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Erica, you sounded very bitetr in this post. It’s good for one to be confident, but let the audience to be the judge la. If you are better than the rest you would have been the #1. If I were you, I would really stop talking about this stuff and continue your way to be a good writer, where I see your talent lies.

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