About a week ago, Kelly created a beautiful graphic for The Existence of Pity and wrote this blurb: "An emotion filled coming of age story filled with beauty and compassion, secrets and lies. Zokan has created something truly special that readers won't soon forget." Wow, right? But who is Kelly? Well, she's a fellow Red Adept Publishing author who recently hit the USA Today bestseller list!
Tell us about the book that made you a bestselling author! Add links please! Any other books?
They Call Me Crazy is the first book in my Cass Adams series, which also includes Call Me Daddy and the soon to be released Call Me Cass. It's the story of a woman who kills her husband and buries him in their yard. I think what is appealing to people about this story is that it touches on some serious subjects mental illness, infidelity, murder, but is funny. I've had several readers say they see a lot of themselves in Cass Adams, but they probably wouldn't say that too loud. It's a great book, if I do say so myself, and the two that follow it are just as much fun! (Here's Kelly's Amazon Page)
What's it like to hit the bestseller list? Is it everything you dreamed of? Please tell me you often find yourself smiling like a madwoman for no reason at all other than the fact that you achieved a lifelong goal!
I really didn't know what to expect from it, but it's been fun, that's for sure! It's one of those things that you never lose; I'll always be known now as a USA Today bestselling author, and that's not a bad thing for a writer to have after her name. I smile like a madwoman for no reason at all anyway, but one thing that makes my stomach jump is when someone introduces me and then says, "and she's a USA Today bestselling author." It was a goal, and an achievement that others seem proud of as well.
How big was that royalty check? Just kidding... or am I?
I made 4.8 million dollars off the book and hope to make another mil in the next few months, and that's not counting the product endorsements, speaking engagements, and upcoming Cabbage Patch doll in my likeness. Or maybe that was 4.8 dollars, I'm not very good with math.
Would you say this changed your life? If so, how?
Not really. It has helped me get some additional speaking engagements outside my regular job (teaching Communications, Literature, and Humanities at Southeastern Oklahoma State University) and has put a lot of pressure on me to make sure my next projects live up to the title.
Are there any new projects on the horizon? (Cue Tangled Lights!)
I am involved in a holiday short story anthology with 19 other authors, Tangled Lights and Silent Nights, and my story features Cass Adams and her husband, Roland, before she kills him. It comes out November 4 and can be pre-ordered now for only 99 cents. All proceeds from the book go to charity and for less than a buck, who wouldn't want to buy it? :)
I am now working on, back to working on, my historical fiction novel that I've rewritten 8 times over the past six years. One day, I may be satisfied with a draft long enough to send it out. Or maybe not. It's "the big book" and I feel it has to be perfect, even though I don't know how to define a perfect book. It's that thing I've spent so many hours on I can't abandon it. It delights me, frustrates me, overwhelms me. Kind of like marriage.
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|Here's the graphic - beautiful!|