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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

Please welcome Kelly Abell into the moonlight. Join Kelly at her website where you can learn more about Kelly and some insightful writing tips as well! Now, to the good stuff…

GRACEN: Do you have a movie that you must watch every Halloween? What's your favorite scary movie? Do you have a favorite scary character or character type?

KELLY: If I had to pick my favorite scary movie I think it would have to be Pet Semetary. The book scared me to death and the movie lived up to its name. My family and I watch horror movies on Halloween and there are many that we choose from. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen is The Grudge. Ooooh, that one makes me shiver.

GRACEN: The book Pet Semetary is awesome! I've never seen the movie though. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, what will you be dressed up as this year? What was your all-time most favorite costume that you ever wore? Why?

KELLY: Now that my children are grown I do not dress up for Halloween. I think it would be fun though. Maybe I will consider it. I think the best costume I ever wore was Cat Woman! I had the long black nails, the mask, the tail, the works! Gave the term Cougar a whole new meaning!

GRACEN: Are you superstitious? Do you find yourself knocking on wood or throwing salt over your shoulder? If not one of these two, what is your superstition?

KELLY: This is funny. I do both of those. My biggest one is the knock on wood. I find myself doing it without even thinking. I also throw salt over my shoulder. I feel silly doing it, but I just feel compelled. I’m sure there are more superstitions that I have I just can’t think of them all at the moment.

GRACEN: I knock on wood too. The irony of that...I don't consider myself superstitious! =D Do you believe in ghosts? If so, have you ever had a ghostly encounter and tell us about it?

KELLY: Oh absolutely I do. Our family has a history of visitations and the one I’m the closest to was the day my Grandmother died. She was in a nursing home in Virginia and I had moved to Florida. I took her Grandfather Clock with me and she really loved that clock. She named it Horace. We knew she was close to dying and one day my husband was at home and the Grandfather Clock just stopped. Shortly after that we got the word that she had passed away. That clock has not worked since. I still feel her presence very often. I will find things picked up and moved to different places. She was obsessive compulsive and couldn’t stand to have things messy, so every now and then she puts things away for me.

GRACEN: Oooo…that gave me chills! If you could be any paranormal creature, what would it be and why?

KELLY: Oh this is easy. I would be a shape shifter that turns into a cougar! I think cougars are so sleek and sexy and powerful all at the same time. They have quirky personalities and can project many expressions on their feline faces.

GRACEN: Swashbuckling pirates like Johnny Depp are sexy, but e-pirates are not. How do you handle e-pirates in your writing world? Do you have any advice or wish to share any experience with other writers? Anything you wish to say to e-pirates in general?

KELLY: I think pirating another person’s work is a crime and should be punishable by law. Writers and other artists work very hard to put together a novel, a movie or a song. We deserve to be paid for what we do. Help stop piracy.

GRACEN: Now, let’s get to your writing, Kelly…Why the paranormal genre? What was the draw for you?

KELLY: I have always enjoyed good ghost stories and all things paranormal. Paranormal characters allow me to be different and stretch my imagination to create very entertaining stories for my readers. With my newest novel Blood Harvest Moon I have a character who is a shape shifter but he’s not the typical wolf shape shifter. I think you will like what he becomes and his personality as he gets there.

GRACEN: If you could describe your paranormal writing with a word or phrase, what would it be? Please be creative and look beyond words like vampire, werewolf, etc., and delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they've finished reading your story.

KELLY: Tantalizing.

GRACEN: Do you prefer playing tricks on people or bestowing treats? Does that show through in your writing? If so, how?

KELLY: Oh I’m a bit of a trickster. I like to use cliff hangers at the end of all my chapters and sometimes at the end of a book in the series. I plant little quirks in my characters personalities and like to see if my readers can pick up on them.

GRACEN: Who decides what creatures you write about, you or your muse? What kind of influence do you have over your story, or is the muse always the one stirring the cauldron?

KELLY: I like to think of it as a partnership. Many times I am running the show and I think I know where I’m going but then my muse will remind me that I don’t know everything and take my characters in a totally different direction. I love it when that happens.

GRACEN: What was the creature/paranormal character that you had the most fun creating and why? Who—to you—was the sexiest character you wrote and why?

KELLY: Derek in Blood Harvest Moon was a blast to create. I took a mild mannered college student and turned him into a sexy shape shifting hero. I think you will fall in love with him too.

GRACEN: If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why? Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?

KELLY: I’ll answer the last part of that first. I would never want to meet Ronlen, the evil warlock in my story. He’s powerful, shifty, and downright evil. I would like to meet Shaelyn in real life. She’s a beautiful Irish witch with control over a great deal of magic, yet she remains compassionate. How she outsmarts a curse is admirable.

GRACEN: Thanks so much for joining us, Kelly! Blood Harvest Moon sounds tantalizing and I can't wait to read it! All the best of success! ~huggles~

Here is the blurb:
A sacrifice must be made....

Only a few days from the Blood Harvest Moon a coven of witches must have a sacrifice in order to maintain their immortality.

A prophesy to fulfill...

Shaelyn, a beautiful Irish witch believes a prophesy that will bring her love and destiny. Little did she realize what it would cost her.

A destiny of greatness...

Derek Panthera, a sexy but mild mannered college student has no idea how an unexpected car accident will change is his life forever. It not only leads him straight to a coven of witches who need a blood sacrifice, but will enact a change in him he is totally unprepared for.

As the destiny of Shaelyn and Derek intertwine, a battle is on to save Derek's life from a treacherous and evil curse. As the attraction between the two becomes heated, it's Shaylen who brings out the animal in Derek he didn't know existed.


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1 Moonbeams (comments):

Gracen Miller said...

Kelly, your book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it! Best of success with it. I'm off to B&N right now to see if I can upload it to my Nook yet.