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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Kelly Keaton (Author of Darkness Becomes Her)!

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

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.

DARKNESS BECOMES HER is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
Oh, Tina, this is soooo hard! Do I choose ancient Greece or Medieval England or ancient Egypt or Celtic Ireland or Sumeria? Brain . . . can't . . . decide! :D Okay, I have it! I would go back in time to have a little chat with Enoch. Or to the Garden of Eden... See! I'd never get anywhere because I couldn't decide, LOL.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Haunting. Lush. Decaying. Twisted. Kick-butt. Acceptance. Sacrifice.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
The Black Stallion, just one among many, though! Oh, not again, Tina! I have to pick ONE? You do realize my other crushes are not going to like me having to chose. *don't hate me guys. she's making me do it.* I pick Thor, from the upcoming movie out in May. *fans self*

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Merlin. Because he's the most powerful wizard to ever live. Though, as Merlin, I'd use my power to change myself from an old dude into a beautiful young woman (and as such I would then procure a fierce black dragon on which to fly around the whole of England). :D

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Ha! It's a toss up between a young Joan Cusack (because she always plays these slightly awkward, goofy, and nerdy characters, and that's pretty much how I've felt most of my life) and Zoe Deschanel. Just because I like her.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
The Dreaming Bat. My husband will love that I said this. He calls me a 'bat' all the time. It's really a term of endearment and no reflection at all on my personality. :D And the dreaming part because I've spent most of my life daydreaming about thing or another.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Quiet. Chaotic. Simple. Complicated. Entertaining. Introverted. Loving.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
Ari's sequel is in the works and will come out in Feb. of 2012. And before that I'll have my third adult novel (written as Kelly Gay) coming out August 30, 2011.

Thanks for stopping by Kelly!

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


  1. Great interview. I love that Kelly picked Merlin as a character she'd like to be. And good choice to turn him into a woman.

  2. Thanks, Natalie! Love Merlin and have this weird crush on him ever since reading Mary Stewart when I was younger, LOL.

    And thanks Tina for having me. Fun questions!!

    Kelly (Keaton)

  3. Great interview!

    I can totally relate to your 7 words of describing yourself/your life! I think mine would be about the exact same!! :)

  4. Great interview!!!!

    If I could go back in time, I would probably choose a period in ancient history.....witch one I don't now...maybe greece, rome, egypt, scotland.

  5. Great Q&A.Interesting 7 words to describe the book. Just from those I want to read it more now :)

  6. Some unique and interesting questions. "The Dreaming Bat", that's cute. Glad to get some bonus news about upcoming sequels, but why do they have to be so far away! Great interview!

  7. I've always wanted to go back to Egypt or Victorian times too....but then I really think about it :)

  8. I always enjoy your reviews and this is no exception, thanks!

  9. lol, picking one crush is always hard~~

  10. ohhh, zoe deschanel, good pick:)

  11. Great interview. Thanks for taking the time to do it.

  12. I am a fan of Zoe Deschanel too. She even inspired me to get bangs!
    Great interview.

  13. You (Kelly) always have such fun answers to interviews.

    I enjoy your adult books, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy your writing in YA.

    And congrats on having two series out (or almost out) That's pretty cool.

  14. I liked that Kelly picked Joan Cusack. I was just thinking recently how much I really like her :D

  15. What a great interview thank you for sharing this book sounds so good!

  16. I freaking love the Black Stallion! Not one I would have imaged she would pick though.

  17. I love author interviews! And I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. great interview and Merlin would be an excellent choice.

  19. I so enjoy learning about authors and their journey!

  20. Amazing interview. I cannot wait to get my hands on "Darkness becomes Her" it sounds wicked. :D

    Thanks for wondeful chance to get to know Kelly better. :D lol

  21. That was an amazing interview :) I'll be making sure to read this book!

  22. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book!

  23. I love that she described her book as "Decaying". That's just awesome :)

  24. I loved the interview. It is so nice to get to know the authors that you like. Makes their stories even better!

  25. Great interview & giveaway!
    I love Zooey Deschanelm, I have loved all the movies I have seen her in. Can't wait to read the book because I have read some great reviews.


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