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02 December 2011

Welcome special guest: author Kelly Yeakle ( @KYeakle27 @evernightpub )

Today we have author Kelly Yeakle visiting. Kelly says, “I have three young children that keep me entertained. I enjoy the outdoors and will try anything once, though I’m extremely afraid of heights. Writing is not just a hobby for me, it’s a passion.” Welcome Kelly!

* So, Kelly, what inspired you to become a writer?
I always enjoyed writing and spent a good portion of my high school years writing poetry. I never took myself seriously until my late twenties when I was inspired by a new friend online to start putting my ideas down. I joined a writing website and when I started getting good feedback, I put more effort into it.
* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
I wrote my first full length story two summers ago. It was 25 chapters long and probably somewhere between 40-50 thousand words. I have it printed out in two versions, first person POV and third person POV, but my old computer crashed and I lost the electronic file. To move forward with it at this point would mean retying up the entire manuscript, a feat I am not yet ready to tackle, lol.
* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
The Legacy Keeper’s Treasure was my first piece to be picked up by a publisher and was only the second full length I’d written.
* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
I write contemporary, paranormal, and lesbian romance. I am drawn to each for different reasons. Contemporary is the classic love story and the easiest for me to write. Paranormal allows me to create characters and worlds that are strictly from my imagination and I feel I have more freedom with those stories. Lesbian romance was something I challenged myself to write, and I plan to write more in the future. There’s something about writing a love story that doesn’t fall into the normal guidelines of male/female relationship.
* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice was to never lose sight of why I began writing, for the love of telling stories. I haven’t really ever been given any bad advice to date.
* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
If I receive a rejection, I don’t let it get me down. Instead, I try to take the good advice from it, rework the piece and submit again. Acceptances are celebrated with friends and a night out dancing!
* In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
I could see Cam Gigandet playing the role of Craig. Miranda would be played by a blonde Emma Stone.
* The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
Santa’s Little Helper is a story I wrote for Evernight’s Stockings & Suspenders Anthology.
*** Now for some fun info… ***
* What’s your favorite color?
* What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip
* Are you a morning person or night owl?
I’m definitely a morning person

*** About Kelly’s story… ***
My latest release is called Santa’s Little Helper. It’s a cute little story about a spoiled brat who gets cut off from her trust fund until she can prove that she’s responsible. She takes a job at a department store working in the Santa photo kiosk. In the meantime she falls for her boss who gives her a challenge to help her step up her game and in turn falls for her just as hard. You can find this at in the Stockings & Suspenders holiday anthology!

***Find Kelly here***

Thank you for joining us here today, Kelly! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

Kelly is running a contest! Here’s her details:
I will give away a pdf copy of Timeless to one lucky winner. The winner will be chosen at random one week after this post is online. The entrant must name all my current releases with Evernight Publishing and provide their email address to qualify!


mnjcarter said...

I'm with you on the afraid of heights thing, don't even like climbing a six foot ladder!

The answers are
Timeless, Forbidden Desires, and Trixie's Treats from the anthology, Midnight Seduction.

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Timeless!

Adonis Devereux said...

Great interview! Hope you sell oodles!

London Saint James said...

Great interview! XoXo

Kathryn Merkel said...

Hi Kelly, I'm so with you about not wanting to retype your first book. That would be a daunting task. I started a book years ago, like around 1988, which I never printed out. The electronic file is still around somewhere, but it's trapped on one of those original floppy discs, saved as a WordPerfect file. I have no idea how I would retrieve that file today.

Your Evernight titles are:
Timeless, Forbidden Desires, and Trixie's Treats in the Midnight Seduction anthology.

Thanks for the opportunity to win Timeless.

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