Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Kelly Creagh!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson



As a child, Kelly would hold elaborate one-kid plays for patient relatives, complete with song, dance, and over-the-top melodramatics. Then, whenever Mom or Grandma called for a break, she would venture outside to slay dragons, run from make-believe ghosts and create magical feasts for fairies out of mud and pinecones.

In the third grade, Kelly wrote her first book titled Pink Lettuce, a story about a young girl who comes to the aid of her mad scientist neighbor, helping him to return his potion-pink lettuce patch to its original green and leafy luster.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Today, she finds true joy in transcribing her dramatic daydreams onto the stage of the blank page. When not writing or curled up with a good book, Kelly can be found teaching, learning and performing the ancient art of Bellydance.

NEVERMORE, Kelly's debut novel is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I think I would like to travel back in time to the Victorian era in America. I love the culture and am so intrigued by that era’s fascination with death, mourning and spiritualism. I’m also in love with the fashion, though I’m not to keen on the idea of wearing a corset all day. Specifically, I think I would enjoy attending the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and paying a visit to “The Streets of Cairo,” where Americans were introduced to the art of belly dance. If I could skip back about forty years while I was at it, I would love to attend one of Poe’s lectures or, better yet, one of his reportedly theatrical and passionate recitations of “The Raven.”

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Subtle, dark and creeping. Leave lights on.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book of all time is Phantom by Susan Kay. But my fictional crush is totally Severus Snape. Hotness? Essence of.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I have a few characters whom I’d like to live a day in the life of. Today, however, I think that I would really like to be Beauty from Robin McKinley’s Beauty. It’s kind of a cool idea living in this big castle with invisible people and beautiful gardens and a mysterious beast.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
I really like Reese Witherspoon. I especially enjoyed her performance in Vanity Fair. It might be paying myself a high compliment, but if I had to cast someone to play me, it would be Reese! Though I think she would need more hair...

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
I’d love for my biography to be created in graphic novel format and titled something like “Goldilocks and Pandora’s Box.” I think that kind of sums up my approach to writing (and probably life, too.) In other words, whenever I’m creating something, I like to take things that are light and happy and pair them with elements of darkness and chaos. Mwa ha ha.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Coffee. Write. Read. Poe. Panic! Chocolate. Sparkles!

Bonus:

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
I am currently at work on the sequel to Nevermore. Be sure to check my blog for details and updates. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to go to my Extras page at www.kellycreagh.com to download a FREE song from page 80 of Nevermore!!


Thanks for stopping by Kelly!

For more information about Kelly Creagh and her books, please visit her website here.

43 comments:

  1. Sounds quite interesting.

    I've often wished, myself, that I could have attended one of Poe's lectures on the "Poetic Principle." I love that essay.

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  2. Nevermore looks amazing, so I can't wait to learn more about the sequel! Fantastic Q&A!

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  3. Great interview. I love how Kelly describes herself--coffee & chocolate. That's me. Good luck with your debut book.

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  4. I am in desperate need of this book! Very wonderful interview here. But uhm...Snape? Everyone drools on bad boys but Snape doesn't quite make it there...wonder why :D

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  5. Sounds good. Great interview! I can't wait to read this one.

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  6. I always enjoy learning more about authors, great interview. I can't wait to read her book.

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  7. Great Interview! I love the Victorian Era as well, but I would choose Victorian England. Or I would want to travel back to the Renaissance period. I've always felt like I was meant for corsets and big puffy dresses.

    I've been looking forward to this book and of course no one around me is selling it yet. Great giveaway as well!

    -Ashley

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  8. Great questions and great answers. I think I'd have fun spending the day with Kelly. I'm off to Borders to get the book!

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  9. I'm not surprised she would travel back to the Victorian era! This is a great interview, thanks!

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  10. Awesome interview! SNAPE! Love him. :D

    Ooooh, I didn't know you could download the first 80 pages of Nevermore. *goes to download*

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  11. Hehee!! Severus Snape, that is awesome!! Loved the interview!

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  12. Great interview but snape seriously lol. I keep picturing him in the movies needs a shampoo lol.

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  13. This book looks great! It is on my TBR list. Haha, Severus.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Scoot
    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. I loved the Q&A. It felt more like I was sitting down with a friend then getting a cookie cutter interview. Thanks for introducing me to the book Nevermore.

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  15. Awesome Q&A! I can't wait to read Nevermore :D I think my 7 words about myself would be similar to Kelly's, haha.

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  16. She sounds so cool! Snape..mhhhh interesting!

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  17. Awesome interview!!!

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  18. I enjoyed the post and I'm very interested in checking out Nevermore. I agree that the Victorian era was a fascinating time in America and it would be a fantastic time to visit.

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  19. The movie snape or book snape?

    I am in the mood for a leave the lights on book - thanks for the interview and recommendation.
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Nevermore sounds like such a cute book. I'm glad to hear that theres going to be a sequel!

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  21. Great interview. I'm really looking forward to reading Nevermore.

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  22. Sounds interesting! Love the cover. Very mysterious and intriguing!

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  23. Lol. I love how she describes her life. That's almost mine minus the coffee now. The cover looks amazing, and the book sounds it.

    -Brittany

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  24. I cannot wait to read this! I loved the first chapter. Great interview with Kelly. :)

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  25. Great interview! :D
    I've seen a couple reviews for this book, it's neat to get to see a bit of the author behind it.
    I'm definitely gonna put this book on my to-read list :D

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  26. If she likes the Victorian era she really should read Gail Carriger's new series. It's set during that time period and it's really awesome. Beauty was the first book I read by that author but I barely remember it because it was so long ago! Great Q&A!

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  27. Great interview! I am sooo looking forward to reading this book!!!

    Thanks!

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  28. Ooooh, I love subtle, dark and creeping! It's appropriate since she's a Poe fan :)

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  29. That's unique! The 1893 Chicago World's Fair would be really cool.

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  30. Definitely a book I want to read! Thanks for the interview!

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  31. It was really intresting, finding out more about this author...thanks for the interview!

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  32. Whoa...awesome interview!

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  33. Wow I didn't know it was going to have a sequel!! Woohoo :)

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  34. I'm looking forward to read this book! It sounds creepy.

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  35. Great interview I can't wait to here more about the next book. Thanks for sharing !

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  36. Great review! I still need to read Nevermore... I love Poe (:

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  37. Fun interview! I love Robin McKinley's Beauty & totally agree that it would be wonderful to live in an enchanted castle. :)

    That is one of the best (and spookiest) seven word book descriptions I've ever read. Definitely makes me want to read Nevermore even more!

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  38. Fun interview. I really cant wait to read this one. And what perfectly creepy 7 words.

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