Jen: This week we are pleased to have Kelly Abell as our guest. Kelly, will you please share a short bio with us?
Kelly: Sure, I’d be glad to. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I started writing novels seriously about ten years ago. I have three novels published as of today and I am working on the sequel for two of them as we speak. I am a married mother of two teenagers and they keep me very busy. I work a day job as a consultant for an insurance company (not nearly as much fun as writing, but don’t tell my boss!) and I live in Florida. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else when winter rolls around.
Jen: Tell us about books and where they are available.
Kelly: I have three books out. Sealed In Lies was my first published novel and it is a romantic thriller. It is an edgy tale of an ex-SEAL turned CIA operative who discovers a plot to assassinate the President elect on Inauguration Day. His old SEAL team is up to their necks in this deal and after killing his old commander, Deputy Director of the CIA, Kent Larson, Jack is on the run. He meets Caroline when he is forced to kidnap her away from her abusive husband, Vice President Elect Warren Walters. Caroline eventually decides being kidnapped by Jack is better than a life of lies with Warren so she chooses to stay with Jack. This has horrible consequences for both Jack and Caroline who are beginning to see each other as more than captor and captive.
Here’s the blurb from Sealed In Lies:
Jack Weaver, a sexy under cover operative for the CIA, can’t seem to escape a life of lies. Working undercover in the largest drug cartel in Columbia, Jack lives a life of guns, drugs and beautiful women. It all comes to an end when Jack uncovers a plot to assassinate the President-Elect on Inauguration Day. Suddenly things become infinitely worse when Jack is forced to kill his old SEAL Commander who is now a Deputy Director of the CIA. Jack is now on the run not only for his life but he’s the only one who knows about the assassination attempt, other than a mysterious man who calls himself the Emperor and seems to be calling all the shots.
Jack is being haunted by terrifying dreams from his past that seem to be connected to this entire conspiracy involving his old SEAL team. Desperate for answers Jack breaks into the home of Vice-President elect Warren Walters, another SEAL teammate, where he is discovered by Warren ’s abused wife Caroline. He forces Caroline to go with him with the intention of letting her go once he uses her as leverage to get the information he needs. Even as Caroline thinks of ways to escape her captor, she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to him.She begins to wonder if a night spent in his arms will erase years of abuse. When she is offered the opportunity to be set free Caroline refuses to leave, seeing this as an opportunity to escape her own life of lies. This starts a chain reaction of passionate feelings neither of them is prepared for. Desire sizzles as Jack and Caroline come closer and closer to the answers and each other. The key question is will they be able to save the President-elect’s life as well as their own, or will a blast from Jack’s past destroy them all?
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Kelly: I began writing in high school. I was the editor for our school magazine Sketches and I wrote short stories for that magazine. I seriously got back into it in the year 2000 when a friend bought me a Barnes and Noble Gift card to buy a book on writing after a conversation that we had about sharing our dreams. Little did Chuck know that he’d created a monster! In a good way though. I’ve been capturing those stories on paper that have swirled around in my head for years.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Kelly: Oh this is a hard one, Jen. Fast-paced, tense, and romantic
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Kelly: I try to. Normally I write from 7-8 every evening and as much as I can get by with on the weekends. I’m only good for about three hours straight and then I sort of run out of gas, so I have to take a break. I have had those marathon sessions that run into the wee hours of the night, but I need my beauty sleep so that doesn’t happen often.
Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Kelly: I really like writing stories about characters that fall in love despite extreme odds against them. I like the passion, the emotion, and the just plain sweetness that comes with romance. I also like to add quite a bit of thrills. I find that draws the characters closer together.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Kelly: I build an entire character profile before I begin writing a novel. I jot down what my character’s personality is like, what fears and anxieties they have, what their favorite color is, etc. You get the picture. Once I’ve developed that sketch the name usually comes to me. Sometimes I “borrow” names from my friends. In the sequel to Sealed In Lies, entitled Captured In Lies, I have a friend of mine as one of the Secret Service Agents guarding Caroline. I got his permission first of course.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Kelly: My characters are like my children! I love them all, but I think my favorite is Jack. He is so suave, yet sarcastic and funny. He is such a tough guy yet when he is confronted with Caroline he doesn’t quite know what to do with her. He tries so hard not to fall for her yet he is drawn to her. I love that in a man.
Jen: If Sealed In Lies was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine?
Kelly: I could see Vin Diesel playing Jack and maybe Angelina Jolie playing Caroline.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Kelly: I don’t know how interesting this is but the one that flattered me the most was a reader who said, “I just couldn’t put it down. The plot keeps moving like James Patterson’s books.” Wow, to be compared to James Patterson was very flattering.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Kelly: Right now I am reading Victory Cove by Maureen Miller. She is an independent author and writes a nice romantic mystery. I also like Jude Stephens, Melissa Miller, Nora Roberts, and of course James Patterson!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kelly: The sequel to Sealed In Lies, entitled Captured In Lies comes out this Spring. I will be having a contest this month for my readers to choose which book cover to use so be on the look out for that. I am also working on Book two in the Haunted Destiny series I have for Young Adults. I’ve also teamed up with author Jude Stephens to work on an anthology of Paranormal Short Stories. We are having a lot of fun with that.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Kelly: Visit my website at www.kellyabellbooks.com to keep up with all the events that are happening.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Kelly: I would love to know what your readers love in a leading man? What characteristics make you sit back and sigh and say, “Wow, what a cool male character?”
Jen: Readers, because Kelly is holding a contest at her website, she’s opted not to hold one here. So, here are the details on the contest and I encourage you to stop by her website and check it out.
This time YOU get to choose what the cover of my next novel looks like! Choose a cover and vote for your favorite by clicking on the picture and submitting your entry. All votes will be entered into a hat for a drawing and the winner will receive an In Lies Prize Package including an ecopy of Captured In Lies, Your Name in the Acknowledgment of the book, and some other very special goodies! http://www.kellyabellbooks.com/upickthecover.htm